The Garden Route is a coastal corridor on the eastern coast of South Africa, where ancient forests, rivers, wetlands, dunes, stretches of beach, lakes, mountain scenery and indigenous fynbos all merge to form a landscape of restorative beauty. This is a strip of land like no other in the world in terms of beauty, natural attractions and unique flora and fauna – hence its name. Three of the country’ s top hikes take place here. The ” Otter Trail” and the Tsitsikama and Dolphin trails and man’s footprint has made little impact on the rugged and sometimes inaccessible coastline.
The Garden Route is a paradise for eco-lovers, bird watchers and solitude seekers and one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape. It lies sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and is on every tourist’s itinerary. The route is a popular holiday destination during summer and a tranquil hideaway during the winter months – both seasons are equally beautiful and attractive due to the largely Mediterranean climate.
Peppered along the coastline are a number of coastal villages and seaside resorts set on beautiful beaches and craggy bays. Staying at any of these affords one the time to drive, walk or hike through the Garden Route at one’s own pace, drinking in over 200 km of one of the finest parts of the country.