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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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Garden Route Boat-Based Whale Watching
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Garden Route Boat-Based Whale Watching

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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Whale Watching in Mossel Bay
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Whale Watching in Mossel Bay

The entire length of the Garden Route is a natural wonderland, brimming with fantastic plant- and animal life. The town of Mossel Bay is one of the best known and most popular tourist stops along this world-famous route and offers visitors plenty in the way of things to see and do.Every year, between June and November, the ocean that laps the shores of Mossel Bay comes alive with visiting cetaceans, which prove to be a delight for locals as well as for visitors from around the world.Migrating away from the cold Arctic waters, humpback whales, southern right whales, Bryde’s whales, sper...
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Snuggling Up to Some Scaly Characters at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
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Snuggling Up to Some Scaly Characters at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

While snakes may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they certainly are fascinating, even for those that prefer to enjoy them from a distance. The Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary aims to educate visitors about hundreds of different snake species, from tiny to mammoth, and to dispel some of the myths and horror stories around them.Situated right on the N2 Motorway, just 18 kilometres outside of Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, this is one of the Garden Route’s popular attractions. When coming from Cape Town, it is after Plettenberg Bay, on the right. It lies within a short drive from other popular w...
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Romance on the River at Bitou River Lodge
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Romance on the River at Bitou River Lodge

Right on the banks of the tranquil Bitou River, just 10 minutes outside Plett, lies the gorgeous 4-star retreat called the Bitou River Lodge. This lodge is more than just holiday accommodation in Plettenberg Bay; it provides an authentic (albeit somewhat luxurious) home away from home. One only has to read the comments in the guest book to appreciate how very loved this lodge has become over the years.While the heated floors, fluffy white robes and irresistible linen give Bitou River Lodge an unmistakeable sense of opulence, the farm-style approach of the guesthouse as a whole keeps it war...
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – Taking a Walk on the Wild Side of the Garden Route
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – Taking a Walk on the Wild Side of the Garden Route

The Crags is an important part of the Garden Route in terms of the wildlife to which it is home. In addition to rescue facilities like Birds of Eden and Monkeyland, the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary joined the ranks when it moved to this area in August 2013.Having been established near George in 2005, this facility has been integral to the rescue of a number of beautiful and impressive wildlife species (from zoos and other similar institutions around the world). A tour of this sanctuary provides an incredibly close perspective of a host of predators and other animals within their natural envir...
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George on a Bicycle
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George on a Bicycle

George is one of the beautiful towns that lie along the picturesque Garden Route in the Western Cape. It is peacefully secluded at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountain Range. In addition to being known for a fabulously fascinating history that dates back centuries, it is also acclaimed for its outstanding beauty, which acts as a breath-taking backdrop to just about every view of and around George.Experiencing George on a bicycle is the perfect way to enjoy all of the natural beauty at a comfortable pace that allows you to be a real part of the South African outdoors, immersing yourself in it...
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Relax to the Max at Aquamarine Guest House in Mossel Bay
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Relax to the Max at Aquamarine Guest House in Mossel Bay

With winter setting in don't you think it's a good time to start planning your summer holidays. Wouldn't you love to spend a lazy afternoon by the pool overlooking a magnificent view? Why not book the family a treat at the exclusive 5 bedroom Aquamarine Guest House.You'll love the location as Aquamarine Guest House is in central Mossel Bay along the Garden Route - find yourself at the Santos Blue Flag beach which is only a short 10 minute walk. Enjoy a scrumptious English breakfast either on the main patio at the poolside or in the dining room, all the while you'll be overlooking the...
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Knysna – A seaside town close to my heart
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Knysna – A seaside town close to my heart

Growing up caravanning and camping in and near the little town of Knysna almost became a norm for me. I would visit every year during the school holidays, visit the town’s markets, picnic alongside the lagoon and enjoy the summer rainfall.Now that I’m travelling the world, it’s hard to believe that such a spectacular little place exists in the heart of the Garden Route only a few hours from Cape Town. Mountains, beaches, rivers and lagoons will leave you awe-struck and with many things to do. Here are some things to do in and around KnysnaKnysna - A seaside town close to my heart ......
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Foo Bar Cafe in George
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Foo Bar Cafe in George

For a trendy spot at which almost nothing is predictable, Foo Bar Cafe in George is a definite winner. It is located between the SPAR and Virgin Active in the Heatherpark Centre, just off CJ Langenhoven, tucked away discreetly in the far corner. But, on entering, it is immediately a delight to the senses.It is light and airy, as the doors are all opened up onto the sheltered patio, allowing the sunlight and fresh air to drift inside. The décor is funky and eclectic, juxtaposing some crazy prints with classically simple black-and-white features, but giving neither the upper hand. Oversi...
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A Stopover in George at Outeniqua Travel Lodge – a review
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A Stopover in George at Outeniqua Travel Lodge – a review

George is sometimes nicknamed “Cold and Wet” in reference to its number plate (CAW) and its weather conditions, but that couldn’t be further from the truth when I meandered my way along the Garden Route in May and stopped over at Outeniqua Travel Lodge for the night. It was a glorious sunshiny day, even though this time of year is unpredictable. The stunning Outeniqua Mountain Range towers as the backdrop of the lodge, which is a very homely house situated in the suburbs of George.A friendly Jack Russell and the owner and manager, Sue, are the first to offer a welcome to this self-catering...
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Hiking Mossel Bay
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Hiking Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is a growing town along the renowned Garden Route, which stretches between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape provinces of South Africa. It is an area of natural beauty, and it boasts an enormous variety of faunal and floral species. The hiking trails in and around Mossel Bay flaunt this beauty and allow visitors to experience it in a very personal, intimate way. Hiking Mossel Bay - These are some of the best hiking trails and facilities in the areaThe Hunter Gatherer Trail This is a four-day trail that extends along the untouched beaches and shoreline from Mossel Bay to t...
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Horse Riding in Mossel Bay
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Horse Riding in Mossel Bay

The Garden Route is home to a host of beautiful destinations that offer plenty in the way of things to do and see. Mossel Bay is a particularly well-known town along this world–famous route, and welcomes visitors from all around the world, who come here to enjoy the stunning sea views and laid-back atmosphere.One of the best ways to see and enjoy the landscape of Mossel Bay and its surrounds is on horseback. Those wanting to embark on horse riding in Mossel Bay need not be experienced, since qualified, trained guides are available to lead the way.Horse-riding experiences available i...
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