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You Can Help Save Knysna – Eat, Do & Sleep in the Garden Route’s Favourite Town
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You Can Help Save 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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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter
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The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city's secret season. It's the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you're interested, are a waste of time given the winds that can accompany any rain in Cape Town). Most of all it's the time of year when leaving the house requires a major incentive. We've lined up a series of motivators to help get your nose out of a book, your butt off the couch and your body out of doors. Here are the best events in C...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Garden Route
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a coastal corridor between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains - that divide the Garden Route from the Little Karoo - and the Indian Ocean so richly endowed in natural beauty that one is hard pushed to narrow a list down to a mere 10 attractions. It provides a coastline of some 300 km between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay - one of South Africa's most popular holiday destinations for its effortless combination of ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, pristine stretches of beach, lakes, mountains and fynbos. Here are 10 of the most popular natural attractions in the Gar...
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Here is How The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve Is Saving The Klein Karoo
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Here is How The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve Is Saving The Klein Karoo

People come from all over the world to visit the Klein Karoo. Its wide landscapes, solitude and the spiritual calm of the mountainous, dry landscape is a hugely valuable commodity. The vegetation of the Klein Karoo, and the adjacent coastal plain, includes 4 500 species of plants that occur nowhere else on Earth, over 70% of which has been damaged and needs protection. To acquire recognition as a hotspot a region must have at least 1 500 species of endemic plants under threat. The Klein Karoo has three internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots– Fynbos, Succulent Karoo and Valley T...
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Discovering the Spitskop Viewpoint outside Knysna
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Discovering the Spitskop Viewpoint outside Knysna

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. Interestingly, the road up to Spitskop (one of the highest points in the area) changes periodically. It starts as lush green forests, which is so typical of the verdant ...
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Drive the Seven Passes of the Garden Route
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Drive the Seven Passes of the Garden Route

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 S...
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Twee Riviere’s Belfry Kitchen – a reason to visit the Langkloof
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Twee Riviere’s Belfry Kitchen – a reason to visit the Langkloof

It’s not terribly important that you pay for your meal at the Belfry Kitchen, a lunchtime café in the little town of Twee Riviere in the Langkloof. 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. On the contrary, at a glance it closely resembles a trendy boulangerie that would not look out of place in Woodstock in Cape Town, or even down some little side street in Paris... There is the yeasty smell of fres...
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The Slow Life –7 Detours On The N2 Between George And Knysna
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The Slow Life –7 Detours On The N2 Between George And Knysna

One of the most exceptional parts of the coast in the Western Cape, the area between George and Knysna is riddled with appealing seaside villages, beaches, delightful finds and magnificent scenery. 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... VICTORIA BAY OR HEROLDS BAY – first 'warm' swim of the holiday Vic Bay and Herolds Bay function as George's beaches (Geo...
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Mossel Bay – 5 things to do in SA’s most mistakenly maligned town
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Mossel Bay – 5 things to do in SA’s most mistakenly maligned town

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 a...
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15 great Garden Route adventures (something for everyone)
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15 great Garden Route adventures (something for everyone)

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 h...
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The elusive Knysna elephants – do they exist?
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The elusive Knysna elephants – do they exist?

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... The ancient Knysna Forest brings to mind Daleen Mathee's Circles in a Forest. It covers...
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Fly Time Paragliding In Sedgefield
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Fly Time Paragliding In Sedgefield

A recent trip to Sedgefield allowed me the opportunity to go tandem paragliding in one of the top 10 paragliding sites in the world. Fly Time paragliding are by far the most professional and friendly paragliding company I have ever come across and I will be sure to use them on my next paragliding experience. There is nothing quite like the feeling of standing on top of a high hill, getting geared up and ready for take off with the most spectacular views before you. My pilot for the day, Dion, layed out the paraglide on the grass, while Lucille got my ‘seat’ strapped to me. When Dion...
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Dive into a day of fun at Redberry Farm
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Dive into a day of fun at Redberry Farm

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 t...
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