"Travel the Garden Route" South Africa Things to Do Tip by brewjohnson

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the Garden Route is a stretch of towns along the highway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. There is much to see along the route. The variety of charming little towns alone would be enough to make a trip their worth your while. There is Mossel Bay (where you can go Great White Shark diving...see below), there is Tsitsikamma National Park and the Otter Trail. Many people believe the 5 day Otter Trail is the best hiking trail in South Africa (the dark picture of the coast was taken on the Otter Trail...sorry that it is so dark). Knysna, is a great town situated on a beautiful lagoon. Knysna is one of the more interesting towns in South Africa. I highly recommend spending a day on the beach and an afternoon enjoying Oysters and Beers at the Knysna Oyster Company. If you would like to take a small detour, you can visit some great coastal towns like Cape Algulhas (the Southernmost point of Africa) and Arniston (a really charming fishing village). All along the garden route there is excellent beaches, and if you are a surfer, Plettenburg Bay and Jefferies Bay are world famous (actually Jefferies Bay is world famous, but Plett should be as well). If beaches, beautiful forests, and great towns aren't your thing, then you can try Bungee Jumping off the Bloukrans River Bridge. At 216 meters, it's the highest Bungee Jump in the world. Any way you look at it, the Garden Route is a charming place to take a drive and spend a few or several days. I highly recommend it.

Directions: Western Cape of South Africa, from Mossel Bay to the Storm's River Mouth (roughly between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth).

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  • Updated Feb 26, 2009
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