Dramatic river cut gorges,
beautiful beaches, rocky headlands and deep tangled forests are the quintessential
Route images. Stretching from anywhere between Stilbaai and Mossel
Bay in the west, to Stormsriver or Port Elizabeth (PE) in the east, it's
a gorgeous stretch of coastal paradise strung out along the N2. Purists
will squash it up between Mossel Bay and Stormsriver but, as the popularity
of the Garden Route grew and small towns at its edge realised the marketing
potential, it just seemed to spread. No problem - it spread to some cool
The towns generally accepted
to be part of the Garden Route are Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield,
Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Stormsriver. Stilbaai and Albertinia have snuck
in on the West and Humansdorp and even Port Elizabeth are muscling in from
the east. Inland, the Little Karoo and Route 62, which have no pretensions
to being the Garden Route, are often treated as the same destination, as
it's pretty easy zigzag between them by driving the many scenic passes
over the Outeniqua Mountains. Initially the Garden Route was seen as very
much a beach and/or family holiday destination, which it is, but there
is also so much to do.
There's great hiking, with
rambles ranging from an hour to a few days covering rocky coasts, deep
forests, pretty fynbos and long sandy beaches. The diving is good, as is
the surfing, and there are some fun sea kayaking and flat water paddling
trips. Some of the country's best mountain bike trails snake through the
forests, and there are horse trails for every taste and level of ability.
Tandem skydiving, paragliding, and a range of scenic flights all offer
different birds eye views.
The Garden Route offers some
of the best boat based whale watching in the world, flower lovers and birders
will also have a field day traipsing off through the forest or the fynbos,
and there are numerous national parks and nature reserves. Steam buffs
will love the narrow gauge Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. For the more culturally
inclined, there are township tours, museums, lovely old buildings, funky
craft shops, markets, art galleries and loads of live music venues. And,
of course, a flotilla of great restaurants - many of which specialise in
seafood - in each town. The Garden Route is a golfer's dream destination
- you could play a different course every day for a week and still have
a few left over.
Of course, this is not all
good news as golf courses use an exorbitant amount of water and take up
vast amounts of space but, as long as the golf-estate-building spree fizzles
out soon, there should be sufficient space remaining between the fairways
for a bit of forest, perhaps some shops and even a house or two. But that's
not your problem, is it? If you fancy a round in paradise, get in now before
it closes down. And if golf is too slow for you - there are more international
standard polo fields in Plett alone than there are in the rest of the country
put together. You could spend anything from a weekend to a month at a tailor-made
But what the Garden Route
is most suitable for is relaxation - and even that's been somewhat institutionalised
with almost every second hotel housing a wellness centre or spa. Not that
that's a problem, mind. After a hard day on the beach you'll probably need
a chocolate mud bath, colour therapy or hot stone massage.
on the Rocks, Self-Catering Townhouse, BRENTON-ON-SEA Do you yearn for a piece
of heaven on earth, a resting place built on rocks, where the Southern
Right Whale can be seen when they return from the South Pole (July to November)
to mate and to give birth to their calves? There is just such a place,
where the lapping of foam-white waves soothes a fatigued mind and body,
with a heavenly view over a shining sea in which the dolphins play. This
heavenly little town is also the last remaining habitat of the endangered
Brenton Blue Butterfly.
ACCOMMODATION - GARDEN ROUTE - SOUTH AFRICA
George is the de
Facto capital of the Garden Route, its largest town by far, and the only
one with an airport of any real significance. It’s not on the coast, but
the lovely Victoria Bay, which is one of the prettiest beaches around,
is not far. George’s most important agricultural crop is hops – so if you’re
into beer, you’ll enjoy seeing the immensely high hop crops. Even more
fun is the Outeniqua Hop – a marketing route that joins together some lovely
country attractions including hop farms, strawberry farms, cheese farms
and craft outlets.
But – really – George has
one major attraction. Golf, golf, golf and golf. OK – that’s four. And
that’s less than the number of golf courses in this golf-mad little city.
(It’s a city not a town, because it has a cathedral, which you may like
to visit, as it’s quite pretty.) But forget the cathedral. George is about
The Montagu, Links and Outeniqua
courses, at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, and the public George
Golf Club are regularly featured in South Africa’s top ten golf courses
and are never out of the top twenty. George in general, and probably Fancourt
in particular is where golfers go when they die – if they’ve been good.
Guest Lodge, GEORGE Offering
a terrace with sun loungers and outdoor pool, Loerie Guest Lodge is centrally
located in George and 1 km away from the golf club. Free WiFi is available.
Each room here will provide you with a TV with satellite channels. The
private bathrooms come with a bath or shower. At Loerie Guest Lodge you
will find a garden, barbecue area and meeting facilities. Luggage storage
and laundry services are offered. The hotel is 2 km from the Outeniqua
Transport Museum and 6 minutes' drive from the Garden Route Mall.
Travel Lodge, GEORGE Outeniqua
Travel Lodge in the Garden Route, South Africa is well known for It's budget
backpacking and youth hostel travel hospitality and is located in George
is close to the George Airport. The Garden Route (between Cape Town
and Port Elizabeth) is a mosaic of silent, mysterious forests, sweeping
lakes, unspoilt beaches, narrow winding passes.. and the breathtaking Outeniqua
mountains, a tourist paradise. Outeniqua Backpackers is a prime location
as George has the world's second most temperate climate. The Garden Route
promises to be an all-year round sunshine, beach experience.
If there is such a thing,
is the heart of the Garden Route. This medium-sized town on the banks of
the usually placid and always beautiful Knysna Lagoon is a real tourist
haven. The lagoon, which is guarded from the sea by two enormous, rugged,
sandstone cliffs, known as The Heads, is a fabulous playground as well
as being the source of the cultivated oysters for which Knysna is famed.
The Eastern Head is quite
developed with houses, guest houses, a dive shop and a restaurant in the
most spectacular position. The Western Head, which is reached by scenic
boat trip or a short paddle, is a private nature reserve with less physical
infrastructure but loads of tourist activities. Tractor tours, abseiling
and quad bike tours are all on offer, and there is a restaurant with a
view to rival the one on the Eastern Head.
There is excellent diving
in Knysna, both in the lagoon and outside in the open sea. One of the more
interesting dives, a wreck right in the channel in The Heads, is only to
be explored at slack tide, and then by relatively strong divers.
The N2 runs through the town
in a freakishly narrow two-lane road that, at peak holiday times, creates
traffic jams of note. Other than that, though, Knysna is mega-laid back.
It’s surrounded by wonderful
indigenous forests with historical gold mines to explore, wonderful hikes
and some of the most fabulous mountain biking in the world. No exaggeration.
The ubiquitous Knysna loerie is a beautiful green and red bird that hides
out in the forest, occasionally showing its scarlet underwings as it takes
flight. Even more elusive and beautiful is the iconic Narina trogon, which
is spotted relatively often.
Although there are no real
beaches actually within the town, the nearby Noetzie and Brenton Beaches
are spectacular. Brenton, in particular, is a great beach for walking as
it stretches 6km to Buffalo Bay, where a wonderful horse trail operator
offers the exhilarating experience of cantering along the beach with the
wind in your hair. The surfing is good, too.
Knysna has two awesome golfing
estates, one on the Western Head on a cliff high above the crashing Atlantic
and another deeper in the mountains with views over the lagoon and ocean.
The public Knysna Golf Club also has a more than reasonable course and
there’s even a mashie course for a real quick fix, so keen golfers will
never get bored. And – as Knysna is such a gorgeous place – the partners
and families of golfers won’t get bored, either.
Knysna is filled with creative
crafters, talented artists and skilled artisans of all types so there are
mega opportunities for retail therapy. Lots of live music venues, great
restaurants and South Africa’s first micro-brewery all contribute to the
sybaritic nature of the town. In July, the Knysna Oyster Festival is a
celebration of seafood, wine and far more active pleasures, with a wonderful
mountain bike race, a forest marathon and loads of other activities.
Towards the end of May,
the Pink Loerie Festival is a bird of a somewhat different feather. Although
it’s primarily a gay festival, with outrageous costumes and wild parties,
it’s enjoyed as much by straight (some surprisingly so) locals and visitors.
Dutch B&B, Guest House, KNYSNA Double
Dutch is a beautiful luxurious colonial bed and breakfast, guesthouse accommodation
in Knysna with magnificent panoramic views over the Knysna Lagoon and the
Knysna Heads into the Indian Ocean. Our exclusive accommodation in
colonial style provides you with: Bathroom en-suite, TV/DSTV, radio, intercom,
safe, fridge, extra long double king sized beds, hairdryer, make up mirror,
coffee/tea facilities, under floor heating in the bathroom, personalized
bathroom amenities and a comfortable furnished relaxing area in which you
experience the colonial atmosphere of Double Dutch.
Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge, KNYSNA Elephant
Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge is situated on the Welbedacht Cliffs in Knysna.
Each suite has panoramic views of the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains.
All suites have en suite bathrooms, aircon, underfloor heating, TV, Mnet,
DSTV, private deck, tea and coffee facilities, panoramic views. Accommodation
is on a bed and breakfast rate. Activities include whale watching
in season, Boat Cruises, Beaches, Hiking, Bungi Jumping, Scuba Diving,
Abseiling, Knysna Lagoon, Knysna Elephant Park, Buffalo Hills Game Reserve,
Manor House, Guest House/Bed & Breakfast, KNYSNA Experience
personal service and Victorian charm at this three star, AA Highly Recommended
guesthouse accommodation that is nestled in the heart of Knysna, and situated
on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. Our home overlooks
the Knysna Lagoon and is within walking distance to banks, shops, restaurants
and the Knysna Waterfront. From the original yellowwood floors, to
the character of each individual room, the Victorian theme is carried throughout
our charming B&B. Our accommodation consists of thirteen en-suite
rooms that are lovingly furnished and are equipped with a TV, fan, heater
and tea / coffee making facilities.
Tonquani Lodge & Spa, Guesthouse/B&B/Self-Catering, KNYSNA Knysna’s multi award winning
lodge offers luxurious individually decorated log chalets and family suites
with every conceivable comfort including minibar, complimentary port and
chocolates, tea, coffee and biscuits, TV, hair dryer, heater and fan. Nine
units have airconditioner, Jacuzzi and fireplace and the executive chalet
has a private spa for the ultimate in pampering. All units have private
patios and barbecues and are serviced daily. For our guests’ convenience
we offer an affordable on-site laundry service. Sun loungers invite you
to enjoy the welcoming coolness of the main swimming pool which is set
in tranquil gardens.
Treetops, Self-Catering Eco-Friendly Tree Houses, near KNYSNA Teniqua
Treetops - its more than a one night stay. A childhood fantasy tree house
to spoil the young at heart. It is a beautiful nature lovers' hideout.
With 8 gorgeous, luxurious hand-crafted, self-catering, unusual, eco-friendly,
tree houses hidden in the indigenous forest. Enjoy rejuvenating forest
and river meanders, fabulous birds and butterflies - an ideal romantic
honeymoon destination or a gentle family breakaways. The resort is
35 hectares and each tree house is far from the next. If privacy, tranquillity
and possibly romance is your goal look no further. Each tree house is far
from the next, incorporating, without damaging, the indigenous trees into
the design. They all are fully equipped and serviced daily.
Afrikana Guest Suites, B&B/Self-Catering, Paradise, KNYSNA Villa
Afrikana is perched high above the town, on a hill fittingly called “Paradise"
overlooking the world renown Knysna Heads and surrounding lagoon.
With its summery, gleaming white, the geometric architecture of Villa Afrikana
is already quite a sight. The stylish interior is just as defined in the
same perfect white. A modern, unpretentious interior gives the compact
Villa Afrikana a surprisingly open feel to its rooms. Look out for the
eye-catching artworks and cleverly placed objects. The attractive style
encompasses a total of 5 suites and a small apartment.
Mossel Bay is considered
by many to be the westernmost extent of the “real” Garden Route. It’s a
rather sprawling town, with a natural gas refinery and huge storage tanks
on the outskirts so its approach is not particularly attractive. However,
it has some of the most wonderful beaches that are, incidentally, among
the sunniest in South Africa as they are north-facing.
There are also some lovely
old buildings and a fabulous museum, which focuses mainly on the 15th Century
Portuguese exploration of South Africa. There is a full size replica of
the boat in which Bartholomeu Dias sailed to the Cape. And it’s not just
a model – it was sailed from Portugal in 1988.
A tree in the grounds of
the museum is the site of South Africa’s first “post office”. In the 15th
Century homesick sailors left some letters in an old boot under the tree
in the hope that they’d be found and taken back to Portugal. They were!
Mossel Bay has some fantastic
activities on offer. You can ride a horse along the beach, the diving is
good and the surfing is spectacular.
There is boat-based whale
and dolphin watching and a shark cage diving operation that has one major
advantage over the better known ones in Gansbaai in that it has exclusivity
in the bay. It’s still a rather controversial operation, though.
The Gouritz River Bridge,
where you can do a bungy jump or a bridge swing is close to the town.
The Oyster Catcher Trail,
which is portaged and catered, starts in Mossel Bay. It’s a great trip;
you walk along the beach and rocky coastline, carrying only a day pack,
sleep in lovely comfy cottages and get fed copious amounts of yummy food,
usually including oysters, fresh line fish and other sea food.
Mossel Bay is a great beach
destination – but it’s no secret. This means that – in peak season – the
beaches are crowded with families and you may need to carefully weave your
way between flying frisbees, crying toddlers, frazzled fathers, moody mothers
and flocks of frenetic teenagers.
Oceans Manor on the Beach, B&B/Guesthouse/Self-Catering, MOSSEL BAY Experience the essence of
African Oceans luxury holiday accommodation, awakening to the sight and
sound of the sea. Guests have a choice of luxurious stylishly appointed
air conditioned suites with balconies/patios overlooking the golden beach
and beautiful Outeniqua Mountains. Self catering and bed and breakfast
options are available. Situated between Mossel Bay and Hartenbos on the
Garden route, South Africa. Jacuzzi pool, bar facilities, 24 hour
ADSL internet facilities, credit card and laundry facilities, Dinners,
breakfast baskets and light lunches are available by arrangement.
Guesthouse, B&B/Guesthouse, MOSSEL BAY Situated on the gateway
to the Garden Route and above beautiful Mossel Bay, Avenues Guesthouse
is a place of tranquillity. Enjoy the peacefulness without being too far
from the scenic spots of Mossel Bay which are just minutes away: The Mossel
Bay Golf Course, the St. Blaize Lighthouse, museums, hiking trails, beaches,
shark cage diving, steam train trips to George, boat trips, whale watching
and bungee jumping – just to name a few. Relax at our sparkling solar-heated
swimming pool with cosy braai-area or in our tranquil and neat courtyard
Lodge on the Beach, MOSSEL BAY Bay Lodge on the Beach offers
unique beachfront accommodation. Enjoy 4 star luxury, comfort and the tranquillity
of Bay Lodge, blending luxury beachfront accommodation with superb facilities
& services to meet the demands of the global traveller. Of course
with a view to match! Take our steps to the beach, take a refreshing
swim in the ocean or pool or just spend a day relaxing on the beach.
Unwind with a drink overlooking the Bay. Cosy Pub with well stocked wine
cellar. True South African hospitality is on offer. Enjoy a traditional
home cooked dinner or a Braai (BBQ) by prior arrangement. All rooms
with en-suite bathrooms decorated in a nautical style.
& Leopards B&B, MOSSEL BAY Situated in Dana Bay, a
suburb of Mossel Bay, this upmarket and stylish 4-star accommodation offers
you warm hospitality and breathtaking sea views. Beautiful views of the
ocean right from your bedroom or balcony. Watch the African sunrise or
sunset or spot the dolphins in the waves. Whales can be watched from June
- October, Dolphins can be seen daily. With Dana Bay being a nature
conservancy, bushbuck can still be seen roaming in the area and bird life
is abundant. Dana Bay is well known for it's "Fynbos". Lilies & Leopards
B&B offers you a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature at its best.
Guest House, MOSSEL BAY Elegant Guest House situated
in the heart of South Africa's Garden Route. Go on a 4x4 Game drive,
Visit the Cango Caves, Crocodile and Ostrich Farms, or just relax on pristine
sandy beaches. Watch the Whales and Dolphins from your private balcony.
Walking distance to pristine sandy beaches. Easy distance to Oudtshoorn,
Wilderness and Knysna. 5 Elegantly furnished en suite (bath and shower)
bedrooms with kloof and sea views. Situated between Mossel Bay and
George. AA Accommodation Awards Winner 1999, 2000 and 2001 for best
Guest House. 2002 AA Hall of Fame of Award.
Game Lodge - Garden Route Safaris, Brandwacht, MOSSEL BAY Situated
in a malaria free area on South Africa's picturesque garden route, Nyaru
Game Lodge nestles between the Outeniqua Mountains and surrounding beaches.
Nyaru Game Lodge is strategically situated in the heart of the Garden Route
(Eden), only 3 hours drive from Cape Town, 30 minutes drive from the George
airport and 10 minutes drive off the N2 from Mossel Bay on the R328 to
Oudtshoorn. You can experience close encounters with our wildlife you will
never forget. Activities between free roaming animals - Quad Bike Safaris,
4x4 Safaris, Horse Back Safaris, Bush walk Safaris and sun downer &
Gouriqua, Luxury Self-Catering Apartment, MOSSEL BAY Luxury
apartment with beautiful sea views in a new development in central Mossel
Bay. Situated just a few minutes walk from Santos Beach, Munro's Bay and
yacht club. The Post office tree and Diaz Museum complex are virtually
on our doorstep. Shops, restaurants and banks are within walking distance
and a shopping centre and cinema only a 5 minute drive. We have safe underground
parking and a lift. Main bedroom is en-suite with double bed and
second bedroom has one single bed and a bunk bed. Open plan kitchen and
living area with sliding doors leading onto outside veranda with barbeque.
Oudtshoorn, the largest
town in the Little Karoo, is most well known as the centre of the ostrich
farming industry. Taller than many men, these huge flightless birds weigh
in at about 150kg and are very fast and – surprisingly – very dangerous.
Don’t tangle with one. How embarrassing would it be to have to explain
to the guys in the office that, while you were on holiday, a bird kicked
you almost to death and you landed up in hospital with broken bones, concussion
and a few major lacerations? You’d never live it down. But they are interesting
– and delicious. Their almost totally fat-free and cholesterol-free red
meat is reputed to be particularly healthy, and is made into a huge range
of innovative dishes in local restaurants. The most traditional way to
eat an ostrich, though, is in the form of biltong – sun-dried, spiced strips
of meat. But, hey. Why eat the bird, when you can wear it?
Ostrich feathers have moved
in and out of fashion a few times over the last couple of centuries but,
at their heyday, they were worth more than their weight in gold and they
funded the building of some magnificent mansions, which were dubbed “feather
palaces” by the envious neighbours. Le Roux’s Townhouse, which is an annex
of the CP Nel Museum, is an excellent example of this early form of conspicuous
There are also a number of
farms where you could watch an ostrich display, learn all about these amazing
birds and go wild buying ostrich feather and leather products. The leather
has almost overtaken the feathers as a must-have fashion accessory. Distinctively
knobbed (how many leathers are plucked?) and very hard-wearing, it’s used
to make anything from key rings to full length coats, car upholstery and
even saddles. (OK – so far, one rather weird Cape Town polo player has
decided that a knobbly ostrich leather saddle is a good idea. But, who
knows, it could take off.)
You could, if you were totally
heartless, also ride an ostrich. Sure – they weigh 150 kg and are very
strong but – and this is a big but – they have really tiny little ankles
so many of the birds that are ridden are permanently injured. Which is
not really a problem, as they’re destined to be turned into biltong and
handbags, anyhow, but it’s worth thinking about.
Speaking of handbags, there’s
a crocodile ranch just outside the town, and also a “wildlife ranch”, where
you can dive with crocodiles from the safety of a cage, see a range of
predators, including lions, tigers and jaguars, and you could even – for
a price – “adopt” a baby cheetah. While we’re on the animal thing – there’s
a bunny farm, where you can pet the angora rabbits and buy lovely soft
garments from angora wool, and even a lovely, child-friendly restaurant
where you can ride a camel. Camels, fortunately, are renowned for their
The other major attraction
in Oudtshoorn is the Cango Caves, which extend for miles into the extensive
limestone hills and exhibit beautiful crystal and flow structures. You
can do a one hour tour or tackle the more adventurous one and a half hour
tour, which includes some tight squeezes.
One of the best ways to see
Oudtshoorn and its surrounds – if you’re relatively energetic – is to do
a semi-escorted cycling trip on the Swartberg Pass. You (along with the
bikes) get driven to the top of the pass 50km from town, from where you
make your own way back. The first 10km is a steep, twisting, turning, incredibly
scenic unpaved mountain pass – but all downhill. From there the next 10km
is a relatively steep downhill on tar, and the last 30km is mostly downhill
En route back to town, you
can stop to visit the Cango Caves, the Wildlife Ranch, an ostrich farm,
and even stop to ride a camel. A short detour (with some uphills) could
take you to a lovely waterfall. It’s a full day ride but – here’s the best
part – if you decide you’ve had enough cycling, you can phone to be picked
up and only pay a small “rescue fee”.
There are some great restaurants
and a smattering of lovely guest houses. The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees
(Little Karoo National Arts Festival), which is a whole load of fun, is
held in April.
House, Bed & Breakfast, OUDTSHOORN Built
in 1905 by Sidney Herbert Adley during the ‘Ostrich Feather Boom period’
1880 to 1914. This magnificent Sandstone Victorian Homestead is situated
on an acre of land in a quiet up market residential area near to the centre
of town. Rated 4 stars by the S.A. Tourism grading council, it has
14 Air Conditioned, individually decorated rooms with T.V, tea and coffee
facilities, Hairdryers, bar fridge and all the necessary amenities to make
your stay most pleasant. Relax at our 2 pools in our well kept English
Ou Pastorie - De Hoop, OUDTSHOORN
invite you to the grand, gabled, sandstone lady - Die Ou Pastorie. You
will be overwhelmed by calm, wonderment and beauty because of her architecture,
accommodation and landscape. The Parsonage and Dutch Reformed Church of
De Hoop, Oudtshoorn were completed in 1909 by imported Scottish stone masons.
This gem of the Klein Karoo has passionately and respectfully been restored
and refurbished as a Guest House for the comfort and entertainment of guests.
It is centrally located for exploration of the Klein Karoo and the exquisite
Garden Route nearby.
Lodge B&B, OUDTSHOORN Oudtshoorn's
premier destination. This highly recommended lodge offers individually
decorated en suite rooms, all equipped with queen size beds or twin beds,
TV, mini-bar, safe, telephone, free coffee/tea and air conditioning.
A warm welcome awaits you in this Victorian Lodge with its exotic garden
settings. Relax at the large salt water swimming pool and enjoy the
superb views of the Swartberg Mountains. Try the fitness center, hire a
mountain bike or just enjoy a drink at the fully licensed bar. Opened
in 1996, Hlangana Lodge has been the home away from home for many visitors
to our beautiful town.
Rustique Guesthouse & Fine Dining Restaurant, OUDTSHOORN Villa
Rustique guesthouse offers 5 luxury rooms (1 Honeymoon suite) all en-suite,
with private entrance and air conditioning. 365 days a year, when
the weather is fine, we let you enjoy our superb champagne breakfast buffet
on the patio around the pool. Guests can relax and stay refreshed
around the swimming pool or enjoy a day trip to the local Oudtshoorn attractions.
Villa Rustique is located in a quiet residential area of Oudtshoorn, the
city of ostriches and the world famous Cango Caves.
or Plett, as it is more familiarly known, is the most fashionable spot
on the Garden Route and has been called the Riviera of Africa. It’s no
exaggeration. With fabulous beaches stretching for miles, whole neighbourhoods
of expensive summer homes hogging the best views, a couple of championship
golf courses, and about a dozen world class polo fields, it’s definitely
the playground of the rich.
It’s one of
the best boat based whale and dolphin watching destinations in the world,
the diving is good, the surfing is great, and the fabulous Harkerville
mountain biking trails are about halfway between Plett and Knysna.
There are some awesome hikes
close to the town and loads of great day walks. You can do a tandem skydive,
fly in a glider or just do a scenic whale and dolphin watching flight.
When the 15th Century Portuguese
explorers first saw the place we now call Plett, they dubbed it Bahia Formosa
– the beautiful bay – and it’s apt. The spectacular Robberg Peninsula,
which defines the western edge of the bay, is a nature reserve where you
can do walks ranging from a half hour to a day, look at seals, whales and
dolphins from the cliff and visit a stone age cave with an informative
The Keurbooms and Bitou Rivers
meet up near the national road to the east of the town and join up to form
the beautiful Keurbooms Lagoon. There is great paddling on both rivers,
particularly the bigger Keurbooms, which has a lovely overnight hut, accessible
only by canoe, about 7km upstream.
Plett is absolutely stuffed
with lovely guest houses, great restaurants, good hotels and wonderful
little coffee shops. The many creative locals that have chosen to make
their home in this little paradise create a constant supply of innovative
crafts, foods and clothing that supply the numerous retail therapy venues.
Every place has its down
side, though, and Plett’s is its popularity with school leavers. At the
end of November, or beginning of December, they descend on the town in
full breeding plumage, usually in Daddy’s second or third BMW, and make
their presence known. But if you steer clear of the pubs and clubs you
should manage to avoid them – and they only get to the beaches in late
afternoon, immediately upon waking.
Guest House, PLETTENBERG BAY Bosavern
Guest House is a stylish, upmarket guesthouse set on a cliff, offering
spectacular views of the ocean, the pristine white Robberg Beach and peninsular
nature reserve, and the green expanse of Plett Country Club. It has a 4
star Guest House Grading by the Grading Council of South Africa.
Leisurely breakfasts are served on the patio overlooking the ocean.
Lounge around our swimming pool or cool off in its clear water during the
summer heat. The 5 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms have private
entrances and patios...
Ridge Country House & Cottages, PLETTENBERG BAY Fynbos
Ridge is set on a magnificent fynbos reserve, with stunning mountain views.
Set amongst the fragrant fynbos, the Cape Dutch style Country House is
spacious and well appointed, and the self-catering garden cottages are
comfortable and secluded. Our ethos is relaxed luxury, peace and tranquility,
enhanced by our friendly and professional service. We are only a few minutes
drive away from pristine beaches of Plettenberg Bay, a large selection
of activities and award winning golf courses. We offer fine dining, as
well as delicious breakfasts. Our organic herb and vegetable gardens supply
our kitchen, and self-catering guests are welcome to pick their own salads.
Hollow Country Lodge, PLETTENBERG BAY 12
uniquely individual rooms offer uninterrupted views over the indigenous
forests and Tsitsikamma Mountains. These comfortable African-styled
rooms, situated in the gardens surrounding the main house, are decorated
in earthy colours, naturally woven fabrics, artifacts and tones from north-eastern
Africa, and local handcrafted woods.
Wilderness, in the
heart of the Garden Route, is a lovely little town in the most fabulous
setting. With forested hills at its back, the town jigsaws itself around
a number of pretty wetlands and flows over the high coastal dunes to overlook
a magnificent, long, snow white beach where dolphins and whales come to
play. Just to the west of the town, the pitch-black, mysterious, forest-clad
Kaaimans River wends its way to the sea flowing under a series of bridges
that support the N2 and a narrow gauge railway line that use to carry the
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train between George
Boutique Guesthouse and Restaurant, WILDERNESS Our tranquil retreat is
surrounded by a bird sanctuary in the heart of the Wilderness Village.
Your vastly experienced hosts, Desmond and Johan and their well-trained
staff will pamper you and make your stay unforgettable. Join us on
for a 5 star exploration of Wilderness and the Garden Route. Set in amongst
the tranquil Milkwoods alongside a private reserve, 2 of the rooms have
ocean views and the other 8 offer stunning mountain views. Cinnamon Boutique
also offers a self-catering bar, TV room and pool.
Guest Lodge, Guest Lodge/B&B, WILDERNESS In
the charming village of Wilderness, Moontide is tacked away at the end
of a private road right on the lagoon's edge. This stylish thatched 4 star
lodge is beautifully furnished with original art and is 2 minutes from
the beach, restaurants and hiking trails. The 8 luxury en-suite bedrooms
have their own entrance leading into a garden with 400-yr-old milkwood
trees and a plunge pool. Romantic honeymoon Tree Top room. Relax in the
comforting ambience of this retreat. Birder's paradise.
Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, WILDERNESS Experience our spacious,
elegant and luxurious en-suite accommodation with beautiful gardens leading
to endless golden beaches. Delicious breakfasts served in our dining room
overlooking the beach. The Pink Lodge on the Beach on Die Duin in
Wilderness, is just a short distance from the restaurants and shops of
this quaint and picturesque village. Ideally situated for exploring
the wonders of the Garden Route. Our comfortably furnished en-suite
bedrooms all have private patios leading onto the magnificent gardens and
endless golden beaches. Family units are also available. Off street
parking is provided and all bedrooms are furnished with tea & coffee
making facilities, satellite television and all the comforts of home.
Old Trading Post, B&B/Self-Catering, WILDERNESS The Old Trading Post is
situated about 6km from Wilderness in a rural setting in the heart of the
Lakes District. We offer fully equipped self catering or Bed & Breakfast
accommodation in peace natural surroundings with abundant bird life.
The Old Trading Post is a historical home which served as a General Dealer
Store for many years. It is an ideal place to stay whilst your discover
and enjoy the Garden Route's natural beauty and all the popular tourist
attractions and beaches, it is centrally situated for golfers to try out
at the local golf courses from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay. Wilderness
National Park surrounds The Old Trading Post and offers bird watching,
hiking, canoeing and power boats are allowed on Island Lake nearby.
Guesthouse right at the ocean, WILDERNESS The Tuscany is situated
on top of the dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean. Stroll down your private
path to the unspoilt stretches of white beaches of wilderness and experience
its beauty and tranquility. The house is built in a mediterranean style
and has 3 ensuite bedrooms with balconies facing the sea. You can
enjoy our special breakfast with homemade bread and cakes on the veranda
while listening to the sound of the breakers and the birds. Our beautifully
decorated rooms all have their own bathrooms, TV and safe. The intimate
living with tea/coffee making facilities and the spacious garden with swimming
pool will surely make you feel right at home at The Tuscany.