Garden Route & Wilderness Coast
Between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the eastern Cape coast runs an astoundingly beautiful stretch of coastline, The Garden Route. Officially it extends from Mossel Bay to Storms River, however over time it has come to encompass this entire journey.
The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered, and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the way. There are two routes to choose from, the more direct N2 to Mossel Bay, or the more interesting (in our opinion) Route 62 that travels inland before crossing the Outeniqua Mountains to reach the coast, passing through towns such as Oudtshoorn (the ostrich capital of the world) Calitzdorp & Sedgefield. Further along the coast Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are two ideal places to base yourself for a couple of days to hike, swim, shop, dine and explore both the forests and marine reserves, home to dolphins, seals and the endangered Southern Right Whale (July to December).
With its quaint towns, secluded little bays, roads that are easy to navigate and year-round holiday frame of mind the Garden Route is well worth exploring.
Why we like it
- Easy to navigate & self drive
- Ostriches in Oudtshoorn
- Southern Right Whales
- Quaint towns & quirky stops
- Coastal scenery & fynbos forests