The Garden Route – South Africa
The Garden Route refers to the area along the Cape coast of South Africa from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay. The Garden Route is renowned for the beautiful scenery which captures your attention at every turn.
Many visitors to South Africa start off in Cape Town and travel among the N2 up Sir Lowrie’s pass and past the turnoffs to Kleinmond and Hermanus towards Swellendam which is an excellent stop over on the way to the well known Garden Route towns of George, Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
If you can take a week to meander along the Garden Route that allows you a meaningful experience. If you have less time you are better off flying to George and then exploring the section between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay at leisure.
Starting with Mossel Bay, the locaiton of the oldest letterbox in South Africa. The old Post Office Tree was used by sailors in the days of the Dutch East India company when SOuth Africa was a stop off enroute between Europe and India. Sailors ont he outbound leg would leave their post in the tree to be taken to Europe by sailors on the home journey.
The Diaz museum is a wonderful start to your trip followed by a visit to the Origins of Humankind caves at Pinnacle Point which is a golf resort.
The towns of Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are the playground to South Africa’s rich and famous. The area is dotted with exclusive golf estates and provides a memorable experience with the combination of fine weather most of the year and majestic natural beauty as well as picturesque streets and buildings.
As you travel east towards Port Elizabeth you can stop off at Storms River for the canopy tour or bungee jump off the Storms River bridge.