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The Garden Route

Welcome to the Garden Route - yet another jewel given to us by Africa.

You will find so many delights to see and experience, from Mountains, Plains and Forests to highly fashionable Towns and Cities.

Experience the real essence of Africa.

The 'Garden Route's'
Special Attractions
A Frenchman named Francois le Vaillant travelled along the Cape's southern coastal belt, the aptly named 'Garden Route', late in the 18th century and, more than two hundred years later, his description of the countryside is still appropriate.

He wrote evocatively of a 'chain of mountains, covered with lofty forests' and of 'agreeable hills, variegated in an infinite number of shapes'. He wrote, too, of 'the most beautiful pastures' and of the flowers, 'their colours, their variety, and the pure air which one breathes - all engage your attention and suspend your course. Nature has made these enchanting regions like a fairyland'

To 'suspend your course' is a sound piece of advice for the traveller along this plateau between coast and mountain. There are many places at which to stay and, as le Vaillant noted, there is much to see.
Some Must See Special Features
Cango Caves
The Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn are among the biggest stalagmite formations in the world. You can go for extensive subterranean walks in the widely branching caves. Some of the sandstone formations are even colourfully illuminated.

Tsitsikamma Forest
One of the best preserved forests in South Africa containing enormous trees including a 36metre tall Yellowwood.
Knysna Heads & Lagoon
Knysna Heads are the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly pretty lagoon.

Featherbed
Enjoy a four-hour excursion aboard the Featherbed Ferry to the famous Western Head of Knysna. Re-live the history and experience the untouched beauty of this coastal nature reserve!
Game Reserves
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous fauna and flora, rock formations and rock art make this a destination not to be missed.

Knysna Elephant Park
Come see, feed and walk with the worlds most Southerly Elephants. This park is located between Knysna and Plettenberg. This is a must for adults and kids of all ages.

Get touched by an elephant today!
Botlierskop
Come and enjoy the game drive on this 1250 ha farm with an abundance of wildlife. An optional scrumptious picnic basket for a picnic in the open bush can be arranged.

Shamwari
This malaria free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, has received numerous international awards, including the World's Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for five consecutive years.

A daily same day return flight to this Reserve is available from Plett airport.
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