The Garden Route is an awesome and popular scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. The route attracts thousands of foreign and local travelers every year, and is renowned for its beauty and scenery, but the real gems are the hidden attractions and destinations that branch off the main N2 route.
The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name ‘Garden Route’ comes from the ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here, along with the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. The Garden Route includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George being the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.
The Garden Route is famous for its fynbos floral kingdom, secluded little bays and its year-round holiday frame of mind. Depending on the time of year, you can also look seawards to catch sight of southern right and humpback whales, bottlenose and common dolphins, and even killer whales that frolic close to shore, especially near Plettenberg Bay.
The Garden Route National Park, which weaves together the existing Tsitsikamma National Park’s ancient forests and wild coastline with the Wilderness National Park via a chain of lakes and preserved sections of fynbos, is a fascinating mix of ecosystems.