he Garden Route, South Africa’s most famous stretch of lush coastline, is a compilation of the Western Cape’s greatest hits: the region’s best beaches, mountains and forests neatly packaged together.
Wildlife-spotting, deserted sandy beaches, sheltered lagoons, bush land and mountain passes: the garden route is an area of spectacular natural beauty with outdoor sports and delicious local food.
Addo Elephant Park. Home to the densest elephant population in the world, the Addo Elephant Park offers the “Big Seven’ – the usual Big Five as well as great white sharks and southern right whales. The Addo Elephant Park , situated in a malaria free area, was founded in 1931 to provide a safe place for eleven elephants that were left living in the region. It is now the third largest national park in South Africa and conserves a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna & flora.
Otter Trail. The best trail in AFRICA! Undoubtedly the best known and most popular of the South African hiking trails, the Otter trail must rank alongside the best trails in the world. The 41 km trail follows the spectacular coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. On this trail you need to be prepared, you’ll swim across rivers, carry your own crockery and if you forget your sunblock you’ll surely get burnt.
Flower Power Passion
Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve. For those of you that like fauna and flora then this is for you! Proclaimed in 1951 this small 500 hectare floral wonderland is protected to ensure that the excellent variety of plant, bird and animal speciecies that occur here remained unharmed.
This delightful little reserve is certainly not the place to go if you’re searching for the big five or a luxury safari lodge. In fact, you won’t find any lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, leopards or accommodation of any sort at this small reserve. What you will find is pristine lowland fynbos, succulents and colourful, flowering proteas. In addition, visitors enjoy striking rocky gorges, river bank vegetation and heavily wooded slopes.
Jeffreys Bay. Once a sleepy fishing village, Jeffreys Bay is now a surfer’s mecca! This now bustling town, fondly referred to by locals as J’Bay offers a soul soothing laid back experience. It remains wrapped in a stunning mountain backdrop, landscaped with amazing reefs, an abundance of quality seashells, incredible wildlife, endless beautiful white sand beaches, great nightlife, lots to see and do, and consistent surf with 6-15 foot curls (plus).
The Supertubes beach with its famous waves and barrel tubes are considered to be unparallel to anywhere else in the world.