When visiting this area, there is a choice to drive the 250 odd miles from and to Cape Town or flying into or out of George which has several flights daily into Cape Town or Johannesburg.
Where Should I Visit Whilst on the Garden Route?
George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and most definitely the gateway to the garden route. Situated equidistant between halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Here you will find yourself experiencing a real sense of community from all of the locals welcoming you as you visit and enjoy all that George has to offer. Apart from the Outeniqua mountains’ most outstanding views, we recommend that you stop off and visit the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train, history in the George Museum a Dutch reformed church in the Moeder Kerk. The mountains themselves make a great day out with spectacular scenery, and if you want to just chill-out, then the beaches are just as good too.
We highly recommend Oudhtshoorn, which has itself numerous places of interest with the most famous being the Ostrich Farms, a high number of them here has made it the “Ostrich Capital Of TheWorld” and well worth a visit. The Cango Caves and wildlife reserve are also gaining in popularity and Oudtshoorn is also the route of Route 62, where the very best South African Port Wines are produced.
For those seafood connoisseurs then look no further than Knysna, famous for its Oysters and seafood, with the pinnacle of the year coming at the end of June and into early July with the Knysna Oyster Festival. Knysna sits adjacent to the lagoon between the Outeniqua mountains, Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Indian Ocean. The lagoon is protected by sandstone heads which can be visually seen by boat or catamaran or from the numerous walking trails spread across the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The weather here has a great year-round temperate climate which is ideal for golf and a collection of world-class golf courses in Pezula, Simola golf & country estate, and Knysna golf courses.
Plettenberg Bay is also a place of interest and one of note, with the famous Cape Fur Deal Colony and a large season penguin colony all can be viewed on excursions of the bay, whilst out at sea lookout for the dolphins too and dependant on how your perception is you may also see numerous varieties of whales and sharks too. The bay also has great beaches for walking and hiking and the Robberg nature reserve too. With fantastic scenery on the list, why not try out some surfing with some of the areas’ best waves here. Those landlubbers then nearby can also find the Birds of Eden “The World’s largest enclosed aviary” and primate sanctuary in Monkeyland.