Garden RouteThe Garden Route is a 300-kilometre stretch of coast located along the south-west of South Africa, extending from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name is inspired by the lush vegetation set amongst the lagoons and lakes that perforate the coastline. It features quaint towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Little Brak River and Nature's Valley while the City of George is the administrative hub.
Boasting one of the mildest climates in the world, temperatures seldom fall below 10 °C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28 °C in summer. Nestled between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the coast, it is fed by the humid Indian Ocean, allowing year-round precipitation and creating an ideal climate for flora and fauna. On the leeward side of the mountain range is an area known as the Little Karoo, a semi desert area.
The many bays provide sanctuary for Southern Right Whales to breed here as well as being home to seals and dolphins. In addition there are numerous wildlife reserves in the region featuring excellent game viewing experiences including the ‘Big 5’
Wild CoastImagine a remote and pristine African coastline, rugged and virtually untouched by human hands and you will have an image of the Wild Coast. With no coastal road but spotted with small communities and the only road out is the road in. It is hard to believe that on a continent with a population of 1.1 billion that you could find an area so sparsely peopled, yet here it is. A true naturalist’s paradise.
Located in the Eastern Cape, the Wild Coast runs from Port Edward on KwaZulu-Natal border down to East London. With countless bays and small towns with names like Coffee Bay, Wavecrest and Haga Haga, the region echoes adventure and wilderness.
The area is great for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, surfing and getting away from it all. In addition, there is accommodation and game reserves to suit every budget, from backpackers to the elite.