The beautiful and dramatic Garden Route, that stretches from around Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth, is an area dense with forests, beaches, lakes, rivers, kloofs and hardwood trees and is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa. Slow things down, catch your breath, take in every sunset and let the Garden Route work its magic. Here’s our top picks on what to do when traveling through this gem in South Africa.
The Knysna Lagoon
The Knysna Lagoon is more accurately an estuary where the waters of five different rivers flowing out of the Outeniqua Forest merge together and meet the ocean at the landmark sandstone cliffs which are known as the Knysna Heads. Here, exquisite views of the water surging through the narrowed entrance make for idyllic backdrops to your Garden Route excursion. The Knysna Lagoon is a place of natural beauty, an abundance of plant and animal species, and perfect photo opportunities.
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours offers canopy tours, guided hikes and zip line in the indigenous forest high up on ten treetop platforms. Enjoy the unequalled beauty of the indigenous forest. If you’re lucky you may even sight the flash of an elusive Narina Trogon. The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours platforms are built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods and provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting forest.
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness National Park is situated in the heart of the Garden Route right between George and Knysna. It is a fascinating combination of rivers, lakes, estuaries and beaches, unfolding against the backdrop or lush forests and imposing mountains. During spring, the area is beautifully blanketed by a kaleidoscope of colourful blossoms, further enhancing its profound beauty.
Escape the city to the invigorating salt air of the Garden Route. Misty indigenous forests, excellent cafés and shops, fresh seafood, and a wide selection of outdoor activities are the reason this trail of holiday hamlets prove so popular.
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