A Guide to the Garden Route
Featured destinations: South Africa
Published 30 March 2016
What is there to see and do along the way?The Garden Route is all about becoming one with nature, enjoying the frugal life and working those legs on vertical hikes. The Garden Route itinerary is impressively long, and the list below doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this barely tread path.Villages and TownsThere are plenty of fisherman villages and towns to explore as you journey along the route. These include Knysna, popular for its boat trips, Plettenberg Bay, home to a range of animal sanctuaries, and George, the Garden Route’s largest city.Adrenaline SportsFor the adventurous traveller, head to the Swatberg Pass; a popular cycle route that runs through the Swatberg mountain range. This road connects the towns of Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn, all the while taking you through striking mountain scenery whether it be on bike, motorcycle or car.Fascinating HistoryTo discover some history, the Klasies River is where you can find a number of sea caves full of pre-historic artefacts. In fact, excavations sites here have discovered stone tools and skeletons which could be from the San people, who arrived 20,000 years ago and the Khoi herders, who arrived 2,000 years BC.Hiking TrailsTsitsikamma National Park is a great place to find hiking trails with views that reward your aching legs. Tsitsikamma, a Khoi word meaning ‘a place of abundant or sparkling water’ is a dense forest, filled with river gorges, waterfalls and ravines.At the beginning of the Garden Route is Mossel Bay, home to the popular St. Blaize Hiking Trail. This six hour trek follows the ridges of the seaside cliffs, offering striking vantage points to spot whales and dolphins. You can start the hike from Dana Bay to St Blaize, or vice versa, but make sure to pack plenty of water and sun lotion - it is South Africa after all.
Want to explore this incredible trail for yourself? Have a look at our South Africa: Garden Route & Safari Journey.