Extending from Stillbay to Storms River and the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, the Garden Route describes a beautiful and varied coastal plain.
The coastline is a paradise of fynbos dunes and ‘half-heart’ bays bordered by plunging shoreline cliffs. The coastal plateau is cut dramatically by deep river gorges as it rises inland into dense indigenous forest and the spectacular mountain ranges and arid landscapes of the Klein Karoo.
Such a broad spectrum of natural habitats, each with their own distinct flora and fauna, forms part of the Cape floral kingdom and lends to the region an extraordinary diversity and breathtaking beauty.
The mild, temperate climate of the Garden Route makes for a perfect year-round destination, with June – August being amongst the driest months. Christmas and Easter school holidays are the most popular times for South African holiday makers, so avoid these periods if you want the place to yourself.
The Garden Route has seen much development in the last two decades – especially the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas. Catering for increasing numbers of holiday makers has provided a good infrastructure of restaurants, accommodation and services. This combined with the colonial history and temperate climate creates an almost ‘European feel’ and having come from Cape Town it may take a while for you to realise you’re actually in Africa. Do not be fooled! The essential beauty of the Garden Route still remains and there are many large conservation areas, where the visitor can get a true feel for this very special part of Africa. As well as the fantastic birdlife, baboons, bushbuck, monkeys, bushpig and even leopards may still be found in the wild and more remote areas.