The Garden Route and Klein Karoo spans South Africa’s Western Cape coastal belt from Witsand’s whale birthing haven in the west to Plettenberg Bay’s beach, polo and party-going pleasures. Then there's the arid geological basin of red sandstone along the interior, wedged between the fynbos-adorned Heidelberg in the west and Uniondale’s eastern sheep farming and rock art treasures....
It’s all about an abundance of blue skies, white sand beaches, rolling oceans, dramatic mountain scenery, indigenous fynbos, ostrich antics and local hospitality. A place where you can travel along routes where you are often alone on the open road or make for the malls and beaches on packaged tour comforts. Golden vineyards, sun-drenched orchards, beaches, pin-drop-silent forests, sweeping lakes and birds eye view passes add to the mix.
Beach junkies are spoiled for choice. Stilbaai’s assets include treasures from the Stone Age and the Khoi people. Mossel Bay and Albertinia share the pleasure of bungee jumping thrills with Plettenberg Bay. Mossel Bay prides itself on offering the diverse experience of game viewing and that of stringing a hammock along beaches that serve up the world’s second most temperate climate. Still along the coast, Wilderness and Sedgefield comprise the Lakes Region, while golf, green coastal treasures and malls a-plenty rate among George and Knysna's endless offerings.
With a smorgasbord of activities, its all about sport, sun-kissed smiles and Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train adventures...Leap into paragliding oblivion at the Wilderness, or embark on Mossel Bay shark cage diving shenanigans. Try the bungee jump from the Gouritz River Bridge, which is flanked by Albertinia and Mossel Bay.
Golf it up at George. Mossel Bay, on the other hand, allows you to quad bike and game view literally at one sitting. Put your 4x4 through her more groaning paces at Riversdale and the ostrich-adorned Oudtshoorn. Hiking and other mountainous exploits are notable at Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, and in the Oudtshoorn vicinity, while polo and all matters equine are de rigeur at Plettenberg Bay.
Southern Right whale watching (mid- June-November) rates as a key highlight at Witsand, Stilbaai, Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Knysna and Plett. Be sure to explore marine marvels on a sea kayaking, SCUBA or snorkeling exploration, or get stoked surfing it up at Stilbaai’s Point and the adjacent Groot Jongensfontein, Mossel Bays Peninsula, Georges Victoria Bay, or at good ol Plett.
Top marks go to Wilderness, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bays coastal fishing. Witsand features coastal and estuary fishing wonders. Trawl malls, craft markets and quaint country stalls as you hunt down local creative endeavors. Friendships forged at Mossel Bay, George, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Pletts inter-cultural township offerings seal the experience.