Destination of Choice
written by Justine Engelbrecht
The Garden Route is world renowned & this culturally & ecologically diverse area beckons travellers from afar with stories of whales & dolphins in the surf & adventures as bizarre as shark watching to the new sport of free diving with predators during the sardine run.
The coast is lined with superior beaches of fine white sand, & rocky cliffs which are home to prolific marine bird life. Mountain ranges define the interior boundaries & provide us with natural landscapes of indigenous fynbos & flora.
The Garden Route is the southern coastal belt that stretches south of the Outeniqua mountain range, inland from the town of Heidelberg & the village of Witsand, & east to the Tsitsikamma National Park, incorporating approximately 300km of scenic countryside.
The areas commonly associated with the Garden Route are Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna & Plettenberg Bay (incorporating the Garden Route National Park & the National Lakes area) Stormsriver & the Tsitsikamma National Reserve. Further inland, Oudtshoorn & the Little Karoo region, which was once a shallow inland sea & is now the arid but spectacular plain that separates the Outeniqua mountains from the Swartberg mountains to the North, add to the contrast of this popular tourist destination. There are many South Africans who have not had the privilege of discovering & exploring the expanse of natural beauty which makes up this region of our country. With its liquid & rugged landscapes of every hue, it is one of nature’s gardens not to be missed. From the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean to the cool lush interiors of the forests, it is truly a garden worth visiting. 18th Century French traveller Francois le Vaillant wrote: “Nature has made an enchanted abode of this beautiful place.”
May you take home unforgettable memories!
“take only photographs, leave only footprints”