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South Africa: The Amazing Garden Route

South Africa's Garden RouteAs anyone who has been there can tell you, South Africa’s Garden Route is one of the most beautiful regions on earth. Spending time along the Garden Route is easily worth an African holiday in itself. If you’re going to be in South Africa for an African safari or other adventure tour, it’s most certainly worth spending an extra few days exploring this verdant and breathtaking southeastern stretch of the coast.

Although the precise beginning and end of the Garden Route is often debated, it covers a roughly 200 km stretch of coastline ranging approximately from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. It encompasses several towns, including George, Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, Sedgefield, Herolds Bay, Great Brak, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and more. The Garden Route is also home to many natural reserves, national parks and other natural wonders – as well as an astonishingly diverse wildlife population.

The Garden Route is has been referred to as a kind of ‘fairyland’ – a seemingly impossible study in lush natural beauty. Along the Garden Route, one can experience beautiful beaches and secluded lagoons, ancient forests and peaceful lakes. Not surprisingly, the Garden Route is a popular spot for ecotourism of all kinds. If you are hoping to view some wildlife, you will have opportunities at every point along the Garden Route.

You could probably spend weeks on end soaking up the sheer beauty of the Garden Route – but there are also a wide range of activities to experience and enjoy along the way. Cango Caves is one such attraction. This cave system is located about 30 km from the town of Outshoorn, and makes a perfect addition to any adventure tour – particularly if you enjoy spelunking!

The Cango Caves system features some of the globe’s largest known stalagmite formations. Adventure tours range from mild (guided hikes through wide open spaces) to wild (squeezing through crawlspaces and getting dirty). And, while you’re in the Oudtshoorn area at Cango Caves, why not experience the area’s other big attraction – ostrich riding!

If riding on the back of a giant bird isn’t quite enough excitement for you on your African safari holiday, there are activities along the Garden Route that take it one (or more) steps further! Along the route, you can experience the Bloukrans Bridge Bungy, the world’s highest bridge bungy jump – if you dare. And, for those of you with a serious adrenaline addiction, the Shark Africa Company offers cage diving for those who would like to come face-to-face with a Great White Shark.

Probably the greatest, and best known, natural attraction along the Garden Route is the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is dedicated to the preservation of marine life and those animals which live along the coast. The park is composed of beautiful trees, lush vegetation and peaceful, rocky coastlines with spectacular views. Bird watchers will find themselves in a veritable heaven with species that can be found almost nowhere else on earth, like the Emerald Cuckoo and Grey Cuckooshrike. Visitors to Tsitsikamma may also catch a glimpse of a Blainville’s beaked whale, Cape clawless otter, Egyptian fruit bat and much more.

No matter where you travel along the Garden Route, and what you choose to do, you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime. At Pure Travel, we specialize in helping people just like you plan the adventure tours and African safari holidays of a lifetime.

For more information, or to get started planning your Garden Route holiday today, contact us on (02) 9407 8400.