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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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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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Let Your Bike And Your Stomach Rumble On The Gourmet Motorcycle Tour
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Let Your Bike And Your Stomach Rumble On The Gourmet Motorcycle Tour

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. About 60% of participants are couples, the average age is around 54 with the vast majority hailing from Western Europe with a predominance from the U.K. and Germany. The full tour last 11days with two 'rest days' bui...
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Are You A Fan Of White Fang? Then Come See The Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary
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Are You A Fan Of White Fang? Then Come See The Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary

In Storms River on the Garden Route, you will find the Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary which is the only non-profit centre in South Africa that houses 80 stunning wolves. 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. The problem comes in when humans breed...
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Garden Route Gardens – Mossel Bay Gardens in the Spotlight
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Garden Route Gardens – Mossel Bay Gardens in the Spotlight

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... Mossel Bay Tourism has partnered with Your Travel Guide and The Gardens of t...
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What to Wear in the Garden Route – The Garden Route Packing List
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What to Wear in the Garden Route – The Garden Route Packing List

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. The Garden Route is flanked by the ocean on one side, and the many mountains of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape on the other. This gives it a rather unique climate...
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6 Garden Route Nature Reserves for Wildlife, Aquatic And Birder Fanatics
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6 Garden Route Nature Reserves for Wildlife, Aquatic And Birder Fanatics

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. The Garden route has everything you are looking fo...
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I Love Noetzie Because …
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I Love Noetzie Because …

Hi, I’m Richard from Noetzie on the Garden Route. Noetzie IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beach and castles. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN 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. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO r...
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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

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 ... Photograph: Boat-based Whale Watching with Ocean Odyssey Every year, between about July and December, whales ...
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A Weekend in Tsitsikamma
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A Weekend in Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma was one the areas of the Garden Route where we spent a lot of time camping during my childhood holidays.  Still to this day when I think of Tsitsikamma and Storms River valley I think of lushious forests, bridges, untamed ocean and heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. Tsitsikamma is the Khoi word for ‘a place of abundant water’. A weekend in Tsitsikamma is really is not long enough to stay here, but if it’s all you have, here are some must-do’s ... Jump off a bridge With a rope attached to your ankles or around your waist.  A few years ago I chose the latter option at Gourits, the ...
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