garden route

About Garden Route

The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months, or a bustling holiday destination during the summer.

Each one of our resorts / guest houses / hotels in the Garden Route has been hand picked by your www.southafricatravel.co.uk travel advisors to be in the best areas of the Garden Route i.e Knysna / Plettenberg Bay.

Knysna

Knysna is one of the South Africa’s best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon - it offers many activities and attractions of a wide variety. The most well known attraction being the heads - two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and Knysna. The Western Head is a privately owned nature Reserve - Featherbed Bay. The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places along the coast and in the world that supports a oyster hatchery. And the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the tastiest in the world!

Knysna has many attractions in the surrounding area as well, one of the most spectacular being the Knysna Forest, which is still evident in many places within the town as well. It is the largest indigenous forest in South Africa comprising of tall and ancient trees of local and exotic species, including stinkwood, yellowwood, blackwood, ironwood, white alders and Cape chestnut. Not forgetting the ferns, creepers and wild flowers which add colour to this endless green collage. The forest is vast and extremely dense in places making it impenetrable. Animal life is limited to a few small antelope and a large variety of birds, such as the famous Knysna Loerie. Home to the once great herds of Knysna Elephants, which you can now visit at Knysna Elephant park sanctuary.

Knysna is also home to many of our hand picked luxury hotels, guest houses, resorts , villas / apartments and fabulous restaurants.

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay is a holiday maker's paradise and the eco-tourist's dream. Its eternal weather ensures days of warm comfort and lazy, pleasurable evenings, seldom found anywhere else. It is home to vast expanses of unspoiled Cape flora, delicate eco-systems in wetlands and lagoons, forests of unsurpassed beauty, pristine sand dunes and sun bleached beaches as far as the eye can see.

For the nature lover, there's an unparalleled wealth of fauna and flora. The rugged Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains form the backdrop for an area encompassing no fewer than fifteen private and public nature reserves. The Tsitsikamma National Park is internationally recognised for its forests which harbour and conserve the giant Outeniqua yellowwood - one of the few true monarchs of the world's forests. Tsitsikamma National Park is also Africa's oldest and larger marine reserve, playing a vital role in the preservation and conservation of marine fauna and flora. Hikers from all over the world visit the area which is known for its rugged, unspoiled coastline - a photographer's dream. The region has many scenic hiking trails of which it is justifiably proud, though its greatest asset remains the world-renowned Otter Trail.

Plettenberg Bay is also home to many of our hand picked luxury hotels, guest houses, resorts , villas / apartments and fabulous restaurants.

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