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Most spectacular stretch of coastline… 350km east of the Cape Point running for a further 200km between Mossel Bay and the Storms River.
A bewitching world of forests, wetlands, quiet seaside villages, bustling small towns, stunning beaches, marine and nature reserves sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges and the Indian Ocean.
The scenic Garden Route is Africa’s best and safest self-drive destination.
The main N2 highway runs from Cape Town in the west past the Winelands to Route 62 in the Karoo. It in turn leads to a safe network of small back-roads off the N2 running east to Port Elizabeth and beyond. Driving distances between the main points of attraction are short and easy to navigate.
Accommodation options are plentiful and suit the full spectrum of needs, tastes and budgets. Prices are reasonable, hospitality is great and as is the case with Cape Town meal options are varied delicious.
The Garden Route has the mildest and most comfortable malaria-free climate with warm summers and cool winters.
There’s simply no shortage of activities for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The marine reserves and deep water bays bristle with marine life through the year and are the most productive portion of the Whale Coast. They become nurseries to Southern Right and Humpback Whales from June to November.
The town of Hermanus claims to offer the best boat and land-based whale-watching in the world and hosts a “Whale Festival” towards the end of September each year. There’re quieter and particularly productive spots all along the Whale Route from Stilbaai through MosselBay and on to George, Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma.
Beyond Port Elizabeth a few safari options are available from Kwandwe, Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park.