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Visitors should not be confused: The term “Garden Route” is namely used for a short, sometimes for a longer stretch of road, sometimes it refers to the entire region. To clarify: The classic route, starts from Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Storm River or to the 139-meter high Paul-Sauer-Bridge and measures about 300 kilometres. But it is not unusual that the Garden Route marks the entire 750-kilometre-long coastal strip from Hermanus east of Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. In an even more generous interpretation is even the adjoining the north small Karoo semi-desert.
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There are tourist attractions everywhere, interesting views, numerous accommodation options from camping to comfort hotels. But above all, a wide range of different landscapes, ranging from rugged mountains and cliffs over lush meadows and sparsely vegetated steppes to forests and in the other extreme even semi-deserts. All of this is concentrated in a confined space, which even offers space for lively seaside resorts. The invite then for swimming, surfing and lingering. And to be amazed – about penguins, whales and dolphins. The romp with preference in the coastal area.
The Garden Route is a tourist hot spot, so in high season (mid-December to mid-January) you should book your accommodation a few days in advance. Even in February, I did not have much choice in Knysna when looking for accommodation two days before. Prices are slightly higher in the region than in the rest of the country.
On the Garden Route it is relatively safe. The crime rate is lower and this is also noticeable in everyday life, because not everything is fenced and even in the evening still people walk through the streets. Nevertheless, you should not be negligent here.
Since the car ride on the predominantly curvy National Road N2 is almost a minor matter. To a pleasant on top of that. On the one hand, the coast road is surprisingly well developed, and on the other hand there are plenty of rest areas that allow even longer breaks. With these, the view should not only go out to sea, but also in the other direction. You can see orchids, mosses, tree fungi, the most colourful flowers – what blossoms and thrives here, botanists call the best of the best. After all, the “Garden Route” does not bear this name for a reason. It goes back to the time of the first settlement of this region, when researchers, explorers and settlers found the green, fertile area like the Garden of Eden.
When you make a detour into the hinterland then the landscape changes abruptly again. First it goes through the semi-desert of the Little Karoo, then towards the mountains. One argument for visiting the city of Oudtshoorn are the famous ostrich farms, another is the nearby cave system of the Cango Caves, one of the most beautiful caves in the world. If you bring a little more time for the worth even more trips to the interior. Or the Baviaanskloof alternative route. Between Knysna and Port Elizabeth offers a “wild” detour with high adventure potential. Then it goes through the Price Alberts Pass and Willowmore right through the valley of the baboons. In addition to numerous monkeys, giant tortoises are also among the often sighted inhabitants.
A (guided) multi-day hike such as on the 42-kilometer Otter Trail, one of the country’s most popular hiking trails, is as much a choice as a ride on an elephant. Tours are the speciality of the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve east of Mossel Bay, one of several protected areas worth seeing. Another name is Buffalo Hills Game Reserve, which is a feast for giraffe, antelope, wildebeest, rhinoceros and buffalo. A game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle guarantees animal experiences, especially for children. These will certainly appreciate the evening program, including barbecues around the campfire and overnight in rustic safari tents..