The Garden Route is full of gems – some are well known and frequented by tourists (such as the Bloukrans Bridge, Knysna Heads, and the Tsitsikamma), while others are secreted away for only the avid explorer to enjoy. Spitskop is one of the latter. It is part of the Ysternek Nature Reserve, which is a forest reserve that covers almost 12 square kilometres and showcases some of the most stunning scenery in the country… Continued
The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. Between Heidelberg and Storms River, the Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers and golden beaches … MORE \ The Garden Route or to find a place to stay visit Garden Route Accommodation or Garden Route Hotels on SA-Venues.com. (Popular searches for accommodation include Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay).
The Cape Fold mountains that rise out of the land like the quills of a porcupine on the Garden Route, unassailable for years by farmers who toiled on farms in the Klein Karoo, are riddled with routes, many of them forged by rivers along which wagons filled with produce battled the mountains to market.
A route known as the 7 Passes explores many of these. Drive or cycle the beautiful old route; a road forged under the guidance of Thomas Bain.
Bain fashioned the road along with his brother-in-law, Adam de Smidt, amidst some acrimony, apparently (Bains started on the Knysna end, whilst de Smidt tackled the George side of things), but this doesn’t seem to have affected its beauty for the exceptional 7 Passes is now a national monument… Continued
Things work a little differently at the Belfry (pronounced Belfree), which resides in the Old Post Office cum dealership store as you enter town, although when you first step over the threshold this isn’t immediately obvious.
Too often, though, we merely use the N2 as a means to our destination.
Next time you’re passing this way, make the time to slow down, savour the beauty and charm of the heart of the Garden Route, and take at least one of 7 detours on the N2 between George and Knysna… Continued
Calling Mossel Bay a ‘harbour town’ is a misnomer. It does have a harbour, but ‘town’ suggests small, when in reality some 60 000 people live there. Mossel Bay is big enough to give the impression of a city. What adds to this impression is that it sprawls, merging seamlessly with the beach side villages of Klein Brak River, Reebok, Tergniet, Groot Brakrivier and Glentana so that the entire bay is a twinkle at night (provided Eskom isn’t load shedding).
Travel brochures tend to gloss over Mossel Bay’s domination by oil refineries; from the N2 they are all you can see between the highway and the harbour. Mossgas’ gas-to-liquids refinery meets 7% of the country’s liquid fuel needs, initiated 22 years ago when gas was discovered offshore.
As a result, light industry monopolises Mossel Bay to such a degree that one’s initial sentiment is to give the town a wide berth. How wrong this impression, and how much more Mossel Bay has to offer than one thinks… Continued
The 200 km strip of coastline between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains is one of the country’s most beautiful. A collection of beaches, mountains, ancient forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, artists’ communities, mountain hideaways, kloofs and bustling country towns combine in such an exceptional way that thousands of visitors visit every year.
The secret is to make enough time for the many adventures available to visitors.
Be warned: a week in the Garden Route is not long enough.
This list of 15 Garden Route adventures (that ranges from picnic sites to tandem skydiving) will help you get started… Continued
It is a bit like tracking down the Yeti, or Big Foot – trying to find out about the Knysna elephants. Information about them is inadequate, tends to lapse into lengthy descriptions about their history, or is shrouded in mystery.
There are those who say they are so elusive that, if indeed they are there, they have yet to make their presence known.
Very little is conclusive about them. As a result, they have become figures of myth and legend; a mystery. Some people believe they do not exist at all… Continued
As you enter the farming area just on the outskirts of glorious George, you will notice never-ending rows of strawberries. The sweet smell entices you to enter Redberry Farm, which is the first tourist beacon you reach on this stretch of road. When you arrive, you are greeted with huge smiles from the ever so friendly staff who are all rather eager to share all their strawberry secrets with you.
Strawberry picking is super and here you can grab your container of choice before you are led to the ‘pick your own’ fields. It’s so easy to keep eating and forget to fill your containers – I had to remind my family a number of times to fill their containers and not just their mouths. The scenery surrounding the farm is exquisite and I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a sunny afternoon with friends and family. Continued
What could be better that going on a bike ride, admiring phenomenal views, seeing a variety of places and enjoying sensational meals? Well you can enjoy all this and more on the Gourmet Motorcycle Tour. Although you get to experience so much more, it’s all really about the food you try along the way, so if you are after a gastronomical experience, then this is the tour for you. Continued
Established in 2000, the sanctuary aims to support survival of wolves around the world by educating people on the importance of all wildlife, teaching about wolves lives and how they associate with other animals, their relationship to humans, the importance of them remaining in their natural habitat and putting plans in place to preserve a healthy genetic line of wolves in the wild. Continued
Mossel Bay is nestled along the Western Cape portion of the world-famous Garden Route, which is known for its majestic beauty and its abundance of things to see and do. Tourist attractions include whale watching, shark cage diving, hiking, cycling, human origin tours, visiting the many historical sites and museums, and the magnificent beaches of this scenic stretch of coastline. However, the spectacular gardens to which Mossel Bay is home are now getting the prime opportunity to be enjoyed in a brand new way… Continued
The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular attractions. It is a stretch that extends from Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, and is known for its lush abundance and natural beauty. The route is more than the major motorway, the N2, which carries drivers along the southern coastline of South Africa. Rather, it offers a number of tourist attractions, fun activities and gorgeous vistas. Continued
For an unforgettable getaway with multitudes of leisure activities and things to do, stunning accommodation, exquisite scenery, a wildlife safari and more, visit the Garden Route.
The Garden Route has such a varied ecosystem and here you can find anything from rivers, forests, beaches, wetlands, dunes, mountain scenery, fynbos and more. This breathtaking area also has some fabulous game and nature reserves, with various hiking trails and birding opportunities, as well as the chance to see some large game, smaller animals and marine life. Continued
Noetzie IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beach and castles.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN ON on Noetzie Beach with the impressive and unique Noetzie Castles as your backdrop. With the beautiful Indian Ocean and surrounding natural setting you can’t go wrong.
THE BEST wedding, honeymoon and family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Noetzie River mouth or on the rocks.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT any of our properties and castles.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO stroll on the pristine beach and dip my toes in the ocean. Continued
Knysna is one of the most popular destination towns along the esteemed Garden Route of South Africa. It is aesthetically charming, surrounded by magnificent natural landscapes and home to an abundance of attractions and activities. Knysna has a calm lagoon, which leads out to the Indian Ocean through a dramatic passage created by the twin mountain peaks known as The Knysna Heads. Beyond the peaceful lagoon lies a world of exciting exploration on the wild waters of the ocean … Continued