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Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey in the Garden Route
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Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey in the Garden Route

Do you know that humpback calves weigh a ton at birth or that whale mother’s milk is so high in fat that it’s the consistency of toothpaste?Do you know that some of the whales that visit the South African coast every year have come all the way from Antarctica to breed in our warm waters?These gentle giants are mysterious, inquisitive, graceful and playful. And, thank goodness, they’re visiting our coastline at the moment! So, I headed out with Ocean Odyssey in Knysna to get up close and personal with my cetacean friends. Whale-Watching on the Garden Route The most commonly seen whale...
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route
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Impressive Views of The Garden Route

Impressive Views of The Garden Route ~ The Garden Route is one of the most scenic stretches in South Africa (and the world, in the humble opinion of almost everyone that’s been there). It’s not hard to get breath-taking photos of gorgeous vistas at just about every turn.Still, there are some places that are that much more beautiful. They promise exquisite views – whether they are from high mountains, across vast lakes, or from the secluded vantage point of a cave. So, to make sure that you get the absolute best of the Garden Route beauty, we recommend a few spots that promise particularly ...
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Gouritsmond – When You Want To Do Nothing At All
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Gouritsmond – When You Want To Do Nothing At All

Staying in Gouritsmond is ideal for travellers that don’t want to make any decision that’s bigger than, “Do I want to do my crossword now or after my snooze?”  This is the place you go to when the thrill of city life has worn thin and you’re done with traffic, noise, malls, people, lights, and chores. When you’re just done and you need to regroup...About Gouritsmond This little town is about 40 kilometres from Mossel Bay (towards Cape Town) on the Garden Route. After leaving the N2, there are tar roads flanked by sprawling farmlands all the way to the town. The grass is luminous green i...
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Who needs Thailand? Just go to Gerickes Point
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Who needs Thailand? Just go to Gerickes Point

If you booked your accommodation on the Garden Route and you’re after some pure sun-, sea- and sand-style bliss, Gerickes is South Africa’s answer to Thailand. And, we all need a little Thailand in our lives. Actually, when it comes to pristine beaches, dramatic mountains, sea life, and world-class surfing; Gerickes takes the seaside cake – beating Thailand hands-down... Why Gerickes Point? Gerickes Point on Swartvlei Beach, just outside Sedgefield and about 25 minutes from Knysna, has a unique combination of pros that set it apart.The Rock Pools Gerickes gives “rock pools” a whole ne...
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route
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Best Places to Stay on the Garden Route

Time to start planning your next Garden Route adventure! Known as "God's Own Country" by those who live here, the Garden Route attracts visitors from around the world and all of South Africa. And once you've been, you will understand why.One of the regions' most popular events, The Oyster Festival, (known also as the best 10 days of your winter) is spread over two weekends and revolves around the consumption of fresh oysters served naked, cooked or garnished.This popular festival, which attracts thousands to the Garden Route, hosts two major sporting events - a marathon and a cycle rac...
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Lagoon Loving and Featherbed Fun at the Featherbed Nature Reserve
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Lagoon Loving and Featherbed Fun at the Featherbed Nature Reserve

Knysna is famous for a few things – the Heads, the Knysna Lagoon, the elephants in the forest, and the Featherbed Nature Reserve.Well, there are loads more (loads!), but these are probably the most postcard-worthy of them. And, if you're planning to stay overnight in the Garden Route, they're a must for your itinerary.I’ve lived in Knysna along the Garden Route for four years and I’ve given the heads (two mountain pillars that guard the entry from the ocean to the lagoon) and the lagoon a proverbial run for their money in terms of seeing them, loving them, and showing them off to my fr...
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better
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The Garden Route Game Lodge Gets Even Better

The Garden Route Game Lodge is a spectacular private reserve where the Big 5 can be enjoyed up close without the risk of malaria. Its rooms are luxurious and its setting exquisite. And, it doesn’t hurt that it’s on the gorgeous Garden Route of South Africa. In November 2018, its stunning revamp and upgrade were completed to move it even higher up on your tourism to-do list. What’s more, it won the SA-Venues.com award for being the best game lodge in the Garden Route of 2018, as voted by guests.This upgrade cost a whopping R4.5 million and involved the revamping of the garden, pool and recr...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Garden Route Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Garden Route Properly

The Garden Route, for the uninitiated, is not a self-drive circuit linking cultivated gardens for the horticulturally inclined.Rather, it’s a one-of-a-kind journey along a coastline where mountains crowd a shoreline punctuated with a myriad beaches, lakes and bays. Where indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers and beaches stretch forever. The Garden Route has been touted as the ‘Greatest Road Trip’ by CNN, Huffington Post, Rough Guides and the Business Insider. And the ‘garden’ bit?Well, this section of coast forms the fulcrum of the Cape Floral Kingdom (a World Heritage Site) know...
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Watch Knysna Rise as You Sink Oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival
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Watch Knysna Rise as You Sink Oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival

For 90% of the year, Knysna is a quaint, quiet town on the banks of a gorgeous lagoon. The only time it transforms into a bustling hub of excitement and activity is over the summer holidays (December and January) and for 10 days in winter, when the Knysna Oyster Festival hits this scenic Garden Route gem with a bang...The Knysna Oyster Festival This year, the festival is from 29 June to 8 July 2018. This is perfect because the kids will be on school holiday from 22 June to 17 July, and there will be more than 100 activities over the course of the 10 days. These include no fewer than fiv...
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best
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Garden Route Small Towns – We explore the Best

These Garden Route small towns are some of the most popular towns in South Africa. It isn't difficult to imagine why they're often busy.The self-drive Garden Route is high on most visitors must-see lists when they arrive in South Africa.The route stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (although it 'officially' starts at Mossel Bay), dotted with seaside town upon beach hamlet. In between is some of the country's richest mountain strewn, forest-dense and valley plush scenery you are likely to find in the country. Here are our favourite Garden Route small towns ...Knysna This pe...
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend
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Garden Route Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping weekend

Garden Route tented camps bring to mind generous mosquito nets, heavy canvas flaps opening out onto the savannah, and colonial-style Big 5 viewing with sundowners in the bush.Not to be confused with camping holidays where caravans, ground cloths, and tent stakes predominate. The combination of tented camps and the Garden Route goes one step further, managing to merge the best of wild game viewing with the beauty and lushness of the best coastal route in the country Here they are - Garden Route tented camps that you will love...Misty Mountain Reserve, Storms River This beautiful res...
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route
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Things to Do over the School Holidays in the Garden Route

School holidays hardly leave me in a state of rapture. In fact, I get a distinct tingling sensation down my spine at the thought of a bored tween with absolutely no passion for reading (a work in progress, I admit). And it’s not that good tingle.So, for parents, like me, that need some serious holiday inspiration, here are a few ideas of things to do to pass the weeks near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. These may be small coastal ‘villages’, but they promise a world of fun for kids of all ages... Suggestions of Things to Do in the School Holidays in the Garden Route Radical Raptor...
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Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town
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Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town

Help Save Knysna ~ The fires that gutted Knysna, and parts of Sedgefield, Bitou and George recently have devastated the lives of those who live in this part of the Garden Route.The outpourings of sympathy and assistance from people all over the country has been incredible.Knysna, in particular, was hard hit - the Featherbed ferry dock has burnt down (which hasn't stopped ferries from operating), and Pledge Nature Reserve will look more than a little bare. It's the suburbs of Knysna, more than the tourist areas, that have felt the impact...Amazingly, the Garden Route town is busines...
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The 5 Best Chilled Garden Route Places to Stay
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The 5 Best Chilled Garden Route Places to Stay

The Garden Route - a 200 km journey of remarkable natural beauty -  is South Africa's favourite destination, second only to the Kruger National Park.It's been listed by various magazines and websites as one of the world's best road trips. And it's not difficult to see why.Driving through here is a little like being in permanent big-scenery country with mountains that crowd close to a shoreline dotted with bays, cliffs and little seaside towns. But there are also lakes, indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers, deserted sandy beaches, and hiking trails that combine to provide a stirrin...
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12 Fantastic Places On The Garden Route In South Africa
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12 Fantastic Places On The Garden Route In South Africa

South Africa’s Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. For those who don’t already know it has nothing to do with manicured gardens, and everything to do with the heady natural beauty that combines ancient indigenous forests, mountains that crowd a shoreline littered with sandy beaches and bays, and a feast of little towns.Good access points to the Garden Route include Cape Town and George. If you are driving from Cape Town then the route between the Mother City and Mossel Bay is as riddled with great stops (Hermanus, Gansbaai, L’Agul...
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