Starting about 275 kms east of Cape Town, The Garden Route includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world stretching some 200 kms between the towns of Heidelberg and Storm’s River.
The region provides a stirring study in contrasts. The delightful town of George, known as “The Gateway to the Garden Route”, graces a coastal plateau in a fertile area of lush greenery at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. Oudtshoorn, “Capital of the Klein Karoo”, is set in a semi-arid valley, providing the ideal habitat for ostriches which are farmed here on a grand scale. Mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly coloured wild flowers delight the eye. At the eastern end The Tsitsikamma National Park, perched on a tumultuous Indian Ocean shore is one of South Africa’s most dramatic protected areas, combining marine and land attractions. Its indigenous forests are a haven for birdlife.