Splendid South Africa
Jewels of the Garden Route
Besides the popular parks of Kruger and the Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park, South Africa is home to some of the rare charms. We list down a trail of exceptional destinations in the heart of South Africa’s awe-inspiring stretch of land Garden Route
Nestling at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, George is widely regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region. It is at the centre of nature’s ‘Garden Route’. Only five minutes from George, in the Garden Route you can experience the thrill of driving your own quad through beautiful scenery while having the adventure of a lifetime. While on a family vacation, Redberry Farm should be on the list as there is plenty to enjoy such as pony rides, bubble ball mini train ride and more. While wandering in the farm, one can pick strawberries, eat them or enjoy a special drink all day long. Mini train ride for both young and old winding its way through strawberry fields on 700m of track is a unique attraction for travellers of all ages.
A splendid and serene town, Wilderness is home to wide beaches and trails. This is a popular venue for waterskiing and attracts adventure enthusiasts from far and wide. Recreational activities that can be enjoyed here include hiking, mountain-biking, bird and whale-watching, hang-gliding and paragliding, horseriding, scenic drives, day tours, angling, boating and other water sports. Wilderness National Park, Map of Africa View Point and Kingfisher Trail are among the key attractions of Wilderness. Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, Wilderness National Park is a fascinating mix of rivers, lakes, estuaries and beaches having a striking backdrop of lush forests and imposing mountains. It is best to plan the visit during spring as the area is blanketed by a kaleidoscope of vibrant blossoms that further enhance its beauty. There are also several historic sites of archaeological significance in the vicinity.
Knysna is a quaint town amidst the indigenous forests and expansive lagoon views. Voyage across the lagoon on a ferry, inflatable boat, yacht or kayak. The town is widely acclaimed for its sheer variety ranging from Buffels Bay to Simola Golf and Country Estate. It is one of those rare locations that provide a blend of both relaxation and adventure. It has something for those travelling with family as children will have a fun time exploring Monkeyland and the Knysna Elephant Park. There are champagne and oyster cruises on the placid Knysna Lagoon as well. For a rush of adventure in Knysna, opt for whale watching, surfing, paragliding or bungee jumping.
A seaside town Plettenberg Bay encompasses long unspoiled beaches, ocean, forests and mountains. Owing to its outstanding beauty and pristine conditions, Plett has become a holiday destination preferred by both South Africans and international visitors. Close encounter with whales, Harkerville forest cycle trails, hiking on the Robberg Peninsula, the Crags animal sanctuaries, the highest bungee jump in the world – to name just a few unique attractions of Plettenberg Bay. At Birds of Eden sanctuary, a variety of winged creatures can be spotted. For a dose of fun and frolic, look no further than Adventureland which seems as an aquatic dreamscape. There are plenty of options to explore the wildlife here such as Monkeyland, The Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and many more.