Loves and life on the Garden Route in South Africa

Through the eyes of volunteer coordinator and crazy cat lady, Sharon

Cape Town to Knysna: Best En Route Stop November 14, 2014

Hit the open road and head up the Western Cape’s famous Garden Route to the laid-back coastal town of Knysna. Beautiful beaches, picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and majestic mountains make up the glorious scenery of the Cape’s famous scenic coastal route, with a plethora of quaint towns along the way.

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Make the charming farming town of Grabouw your first stop as you pass through the spectacular scenery of the Elgin Valley. Offering uncluttered quietude, exquisite surroundings, cosy eateries, and expertly crafted wines, Grabouw is home to the famous ‘Appletiser’ apple orchards.

Move on to the picturesque town of Swellendam, which is not only the largest youngberry growing area in the world, but is also bursting with heritage, culture, architecture. Lying at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam is the third oldest settlement in South Africa.The ancient indigenous forests of the Tsitsikamma line the coast from Wilderness to Knysna where you can enjoy adventure trails and hiking, bird-watching, canoeing on the rivers, sliding through the tree canopy or simply taking an easy walk through the forest to gasp at the size of a yellowwood tree over six hundred years old. Brave the heights of the Bloukrans Bridge and bungee-jump the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee at 216 metres.Elgin ValleyFollow the rugged coastline to the seaside town of Mossel Bay, which is exactly halfway between Cape Town and Knysna and an ideal place to stop and rest. Long, white sandy beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters make for a welcome break from driving. Alternatively, if you have a few days, take a boat trip to Seal Island, go horse riding along the beach or visit nearby Botlierskop, a private game reserve that gives visitors a taste of South Africa’s legendary game viewing experience. Mossel Bay is also where to visit to try one of the country’s biggest thrills: cage diving with great white sharks.

From Mossel Bay, the beauty of The Wilderness greets you next with a ribbon of dazzling white sand and blue surf-speckled ocean stretching away far into the distance. A true nature-lover’s paradise, broad beaches, well-marked hiking trails, and unique ecosystems of bird-filled forests, rivers, and lagoons make Wilderness the perfect place to lay your head for a few days and unwind.Fiona Ayerst WordPressThe last stop before reaching Knysna is the sleepy agricultural town of George. Nestled against the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, George is best known for its world-class golf courses, so treat yourself to a game on your way through.

Final stop: Knysna! South Africa’s favourite holiday town lazes on the shore of a shallow lagoon with breath-taking mountain and sea views and an array of things to do. Head to the Waterfront, which buzzes with restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and bars; take the ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve and stroll along its cliff-top paths, or walk one of the trails in the surrounding Knysna Forest.

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Top six beach sunset spots in the Garden Route November 10, 2014

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Our beautiful Garden Route beaches! South Africa is truly beautiful!

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As the southern hemisphere slips into summer, sunset in the Garden Route extends further south and later, creating ample opportunities for a perfect beach sunset to mark the days end.

Depending on your preferences on how you prefer to bid farewell to the day and welcome the night, the Garden Route has numerous beaches from which to celebrate the revolution of earth.
Below are six of the best beach locations to relax on at sunset in the Garden Route.

Firstly, for sporty types that enjoy an end of day swim or surf, nothing beats Buffalo Bay. Located west of Knysna, the bay is recessed east of a rocky peninsula, forming a secure swimming beach with easy waves. It is a perfect beach to arrive at, light a fire in a Webber or Cobb kettle barbacue, sprint down to the surf and catch waves in the last light. If timed well…

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A week of natural exploration in the Garden Route.

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Stunning blog on things to do outdoors and in nature on South Africa’s Garden Route!

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To most travelers planning on visiting the Garden Route, a few days are set aside in their itinerary to tick off a few of the highly publicized highlights. Without exception, visitors to this natural landscape lament the brief amount of time that they budgeted for their stay in the region.

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The Garden Route in reality offers many attractions and activities, but for nature lovers it is a unique area of South Africa that extends from Mossel Bay in the west to the Storms River in the east. The uniqueness of the Garden Route lies in its botanical and avian diversity. Afro-montane Forest competes with Fynbos to shroud the Outeniqua and Titsikamma mountain ranges which separate the Garden Route coastal plateau from the Little Karoo to the north. Coastal dunes are cloaked in dune fynbos and Milkwood climax dune thicket, which between Wilderness and Knysna, plunge into the Indian Ocean as…

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