Travel along South Africa's Garden Route to enjoy one of the
most iconic journeys in the world. You'll find secluded
beaches, charming coastal towns and quite breathtaking mountain and
Be sure to visit the "ostrich capital" of Oudtshoorn and stay a while in the charming seaside towns of Knysna or Plettenberg, great bases from which to explore the region. You can return from Port Elizabeth or travel on to other parts of South Africa.
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The journey along South Africa's Garden Route is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Africa, with imposing mountain ranges, dense forests, fertile valleys and stunning coastal scenery. Plus the exciting game parks of Eastern Cape not far away.
The usual approach to the Garden Route is from Cape Town, via Hermanus and Swellendam in the south or past the Winelands and across the arid and starkly beautiful Little Karoo on the famous Route 62. The towns of Montagu and Oudtshoorn are well worth exploring before dropping down through the impressive Outeniqua Pass to the coast.
The best of the Garden Route itself stretches from Mossel Bay to Storms River Mouth with a number of pretty towns providing welcoming and good value accommodation. Wilderness and Plettenberg both have excellent beaches and Knysna has an array of boutiques, cafés and restaurants to discover, as well as a lively harbour area. Across the Knysna Lagoon is the beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve with magnificent ocean views and walking trails.
At the eastern end of the Garden Route is the town of Post Elizabeth and the malaria free game parks of the Eastern Cape. You'll find first class lodges offering luxurious accommodation and exciting game experiences, providing the perfect end to a Garden Route tour.
Port Elizabeth is the gateway to this region and makes an interesting stopping point at either end of your visit. There are regular scheduled flights from here which connect to almost anywhere in the country.