This section of beautiful coastline stretches along South Africa’s southwest coast and covers indigenous forest, lagoons and sand dunes as well as some beautiful beaches.
The sleepy town of Mossel Bay is one of the first towns along the route and was first established after Bartholomeu Dias’ visit in 1488. Trade between Europeans and the resident KhoiKhoi tribes was initiated and today the town’s history is evident.
The areas of Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma are favourite stops along the Garden Route and are surrounded by the lush Outeniqua Mountains, indigenous forest, freshwater lakes and pristine beaches. Several walking trails exist in the area including the popular Otter Trail.
Knysna lagoon is an excellent diving and snorkelling site where visitors may get the chance to see the unique Knysna Seahorse before enjoying a trip on the steam train or a meal at one of the many excellent seafood restaurants. Plettenberg Bay, further east along the route, is a bustling resort with lovely beaches and many activities on offer including canoeing, hiking, diving and mountain bike trails.
Traveling the full route offers guests a relaxing and varied holiday with a great many activities and natural features to enjoy along the way.