The Garden Route is a well-known coast-to-coast itinerary through southern South Africa, recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2017. It runs along the Indian Ocean between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
This place is full of vineyards and meadows with virgin dune beaches, cliffs and forests of acacia, pine, eucalyptus. and bays on the coast. This part of South Africa has an especially rich nature and you can enjoy it through hiking routes, adventure sports and safaris in the Addo Elephant National Park; its whale watching and Jeffreys Bay and its surfer tradition.
Points of interest
The Garden Route is dotted with Dutch-inspired towns and lively seaside towns such as:
- The wine town of Stellenbosch
- Swellendam, a village at the foot of the mountain
- Oudtshoorn, known for its ostrich farms
- The Franschhoek village
- Plettenberg Bay, where to visit Robberg Nature Reserve
- Tsitsikamma National Park, end of the Garden Route
These are stops where you can enjoy the local cuisine, spot animals in their natural habitat and practice sports as diverse as golf and jump from a bridge in a deep valley.