Garden Route comprises a narrow coastal plateau stretching
from Heidelberg in the West to the Storms River
in the East. The area is contained by the Langeberg, Outeniqua
and Tsitsikamma mountains in the north, and is possessed
of its own unique climate, described as 'temperate coastal'
- warm summers and cool winters with all year round rainfall.
is the holiday playground of the Klein Karoo. It is a highly
recommended destination when travelling between Cape Town
and the Garden Route. The Ostrich feather boom during
the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, resulted in
enormous wealth for the town and was reflected in the
feather palaces which date back to this
time. The world famous Cango Caves are a major attraction
and are ranked among the great wonders of the world.
Travelling from Cape Town on the N2, the western entry point
to the Garden Route is Heidelberg, the trading and
administrative centre of this prosperous wheat and wool
Riversdale was established in 1838 and was named after
Harry Rivers, a high-ranking government official. Langenhoven
House is named after CJ Langenhoven (author of 'Die
Stem' - one of South Africa's national anthems) who lived
here, while attending school, for two years. The Old
Power Station and Old Prison are also worth a
Take a detour off the N2 to Still Bay and Groot
Jongensfontein. Still Bay is situated at the mouth of
the Kafferkuils River and has developed along both banks.
The Morrispont Fishing Traps may be found here and
date back to prehistoric man.
Albertinia was founded in 1902 and named after the Reverend
JR Albertyn. Aloe sap is harvested here and the Aloe
Factory extracts aloe juice and gel for use in medicine
and skin care products.
seaside town of Mossel Bay was first discovered by
Bartholomew Diaz in 1488 while on a voyage to the east.
He named the bay "Aguada de Sao Bras" (watering
place of St. Blaize). The Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerden
gave Mossel Bay its name in 1601, after the bounteous supply
of mussels that line the shores.
Visit the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex at the end
of Market Street. St Blaize Lighthouse is one of
the only two manned lighthouses on the South African Coast.
is a tranquil town close to Mossel Bay. Here you will find
the Hartenbos Museum, the theme of which is the Great
Trek of 1838.
Brak River is a tranquil village with an attractive
beach. The lagoon and river offer an ideal mix for water
sport fans. Great Brak River flows into a lagoon.
There is a small island at the lagoon mouth which is connected
by a bridge to the mainland.
George (named after King George III) is the Capital
of the Garden Route and possesses its main airport. Beaches
are at nearby Glentana, Herold's Bay, Victoria (Vic) Bay,
km east of George is the Wilderness, a romantic seaside
resort situated at the mouth of the Touw and Kaaimans Rivers.
This unique setting has vast stretches of unspoilt beach
and varied waterways which embrace the Wilderness Lagoon
(Touw River Estuary). The greater part of this region is
a National Park containing five rivers, five lakes, two
estuaries and 28 km of coastline. The lakes are one of South
Africa's foremost waterfowl sanctuaries and in spring are
surrounded by a magnificent carpet of wild flowers.
Spectacular views can be enjoyed from Dolphin's Point
and Map of Africa.
Sedgefield is a small town on the banks of the Swartvlei
estuary in the heart of the Lakes area.
Swartvlei is the largest natural inland saltwater lake
in South Africa and is renowned for its prolific bird life.
The Goukamma Nature Reserve is nearby, where the new Groenvlei
Bushcamp offers accommodation.