South Africa is a country brimming with diverse topography and rich culture. Its major draws are undoubtedly its extraordinary scenery and exotic wildlife. But one activity that tops the must-do lists of most visitors who throng to South Africa is a trip along the breathtaking Garden Route. Dotted with picturesque lakes, lush forests, pine plantations, stretches of golden beaches, mountain passes, local wildlife and panoramic vistas, this route is surely one of the most scenic routes in the world.
Storms River Mouth
If you are a nature enthusiast who enjoys the thrill of fun-filled outdoor activities, then Storms River Mouth is an ideal place to be. Surrounded by verdant forests, Storms River Mouth is a gorge where the gushing water of the Storms River converges with the Indian Ocean. This spot is a hub for adventure activities like camping, hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. If you have time to spare, then a short trek up the rugged cliffs around the Tsitsikamma Mountains is an absolute delight!
Addo Elephant Park
Set in sprawling savannah plains, teeming with herds of the Big Seven, the Addo Elephant Park is a quintessential wildlife destination in South Africa. The vast plains and open horizons of the park make it an unparalleled spot for game viewing. But the one experience that will top the charts is the opportunity of coming face to face with the star animal of the reserve – the mighty elephant. For those visitors interested in something more than just sightseeing, the Addo Elephant Park also offers many outdoor activities such as game viewing, horseback riding, hiking and much more.
As the road leads you through hills and bays past a few rivers, you will come across the magnanimous Bloukrans Bridge. Standing at a height of 200-metres, the bridge is an architectural marvel that dramatically arches over the gorge below. It is a perfect vantage point to catch a glimpse of the majestic hills that surround the valley. But the star attraction of this bridge is the fact that it is one of the highest bungy jumping platforms in the world standing at 216 metres.
Located in the Western Cape Province, a seaside town, Plettenberg Bay is a hidden gem that has gained a reputation of being a pleasure seeker’s hotspot. Home to an incredible lot of ingenious African wealth, it is a nature lover’s paradise. It presents world-renowned hiking trails, bird watching grounds and scenic vistas of the ocean that will take your breath away. In fact, it is blessed with a variety of habitats – from mushy wetlands to golden beaches, there is much to do and explore in Plettenberg Bay. It is the perfect destination to unravel some of South Africa’s natural marvels.
Nestled in the heart of the Outeniqua Mountain, lies the pristine Knysna Lagoon. The rugged coastline that engulfs the tranquil waters of the lagoon makes it a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts. It is also best known for sailing and canoeing plus, you can spot throngs of fisherman busy at work. Apart from these thrilling activities, top off your visit with picturesque views of the sun setting across the horizon by embarking on sun-downer cruises.
Crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, pristine lagoons; these are but a few attractions that make Mossel Bay the wondrous holiday spot it is. Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, it is a small commercial harbour with sprawling attractions. You can keep yourself busy with visits to the archaeological site of Cape St. Blaize, the Maritime Museum and the Mossel bay Lighthouse. On the other hand, if you seek a laidback time, the resplendent coastline is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
On this 300 km long stretch known as the ‘Garden Route’, there’s so much to do and see. It’s a must-try journey for all travellers alike.
Check out our Fabulous South Africa holiday that includes a trip through Garden Route, in addition to Cape Town, Sun City, Pilanesberg & Johannesburg.