Awe-inspiring coastal paradise
There is a stretch along the southern coast of South Africa which is considered as one of the most beautiful regions in the Cape if not the country. The Garden Route with its majestic mountains, breathtaking views, rich colorful vistas, valleys and lakes, rivers and forests and a host of beautiful landscapes is a beautiful destination to visit. Not only is the Garden Route composed of the interior landscapes but this stretch includes many beautiful beaches along the unspoilt southern coast.
The Garden Route extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River and towns such as George, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley are some of the stops along the way. This route is nestled between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains as well as the Indian Ocean. The whole Garden Route experiences a maritime climate, with moderately hot summers and mild to chilly winters.
The towns of the Garden Route
The Garden Route offers a wide variety of scenic towns along the way where you will be able to partake in many activities and enjoy the heritage that accompanies so many of these towns.
This coastal town is known as the administrative capital as well as the gateway of the Garden Route. It is a city with the heartbeat of a town and the charm of the country side. George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and is nestled below the Outeniqua mountains. George was originally known as Outeniqualand which means the land of milk and honey and is rightfully called due to the abundance of natural beauty that it has to offer.
This is one of the most popular destinations along the Garden Route and probably because of the main geographical feature, the Knysna Heads. The Knysna Heads are two sandstone cliffs that guard the mouth of the lagoon. The Heads are probably one of the most striking geological features along the Garden Route and the southern African coast itself. In Knysna there are many attractions for visitors to enjoy such as boat trips to the Heads, the indigenous forest as well as many cultural activities and festivals.
- Mossel Bay
This is a coastal village as well as the harbor of the world-renowned Garden Route. This is also considered to be the historical capital of the Garden Route and due to its rich history there are many museums that can be visited. Mossel Bay enjoys a mild all-year climate and is featured in the Guiness World Book of Records second to Hawaii for this fact.
This town is known as the capital of the Klein Karoo which is set in a semi-arid valley. Here in Oudtshoorn on the Garden Route there are many different activities that you can take part in and attractions that you can see. Oudtshoorn is well known for the ostrich farming that happens there and there is also an opportunity for the more adventurous to enjoy an ostrich ride.
- Plettenberg Bay:
This town like most coastal towns along the Garden Route is good for whale watching as the endangered Southern Right whale calms to the southern coastline to calve. However Plettenberg Bay is justly said to be the whale watching capital of South Africa. This coastal city is characterized by sweeping unspoilt golden beaches, a rocky peninsula, lagoons and estuaries. It is the perfect holiday destination.
The Garden Route is the ideal holiday destination for anyone with many towns to stop over in and ten times more activities to take part in the tranquil setting of the Garden Route should not be missed.
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