South Africa is one of the most diverse places on earth and we’re not just talking about the amazing array of cultures and people that you will encounter when visiting this country. When travelling around this nation, you will see all sorts of landscapes, ranging from deserts to mountains and forests as well as plants and animals unique to our land.
Along the South West Coast of South Africa lies a destination that is so unlike the rest of the country that it can feel as though you are walking into another country all together. Called the Garden Route, when you travel here you will find sparkling, hidden lagoons, overgrown emerald forests, and the very best beaches, making it what National Geographic calls the Ultimate Road Trip.
The Garden Route begins around 4 hours outside of Cape Town and it covers an exclusive, almost untouched stretch of coastline. The entire journey covers around 200km and to take it all in, and really enjoy the very best sights, you should consider signing up for a Garden Route tour. With a tour, you will be able to ensure that you see everything worth seeing and by the end of your tour, you will have a whole new appreciation of this stunning part of South Africa.
Where is the garden route exactly?
The area known as the Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth. It is the perfect destination for every outdoor enthusiast and there are plenty of hiking trails, places to explore and beaches to relax on. The route offers evergreen forests like the Tsitsikamma, hills of native protea flowers, lagoons that reach far in land, and friendly towns offering great food and accommodation.
While the route is quite popular with tourists, if you travel at the right time of year, you can enjoy a sense of disconnection.
With all the rugged outdoor attractions, there is plenty of wildlife and birdlife to see. While there are loads of activities to keep you busy, if you are looking for more of a relaxed holiday, you can find that too, by spending your days sitting on a rocky outcrop from which you can watch the rolling ocean waves.
The Best Way to See the Garden Route
It all depends on the type of holiday that you’d like to experience. For some, the solo trip is just the kind of dream holiday they have in mind when they think of a holiday in the Garden Route. When travelling by yourself, you can set your own pace and add the attractions that you want to see. But if you want to have a trip that is a little better planned and which will allow you to kick back and relax through the trip, a guided tour is best. Guide Garden Route tours are a popular option for those who don’t want to drive themselves or have to think too much about planning where to go and where to stay, something that you might find helpful if you are travelling to South Africa for the first time.
We offer a selection of Garden Route Tours on our website. Book your tour today or contact us to discuss your holiday goals.