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The Garden Route

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The Garden Route
South Africa's famous Garden Route started off only encompassing a narrow coastal stretch of 300 km between Mossel Bay and the Tsitsikamma Mountains.

These days, though, you could be forgiven for thinking that it sprawls all the way from Cape Town along the southern Cape coastline to Port Elizabeth.
The section of the coastline first called the Garden Route is an extraordinary region, blessed with a mild climate, year-round rainfall and unique vegetation.

To many who have visited it, the Garden Route has a mysterious allure. A most unusual part of Africa, it is also the sunny corner of the Cape where evergreen forests, verdant fields, tranquil inland lakes, sparkling bays and pristine beaches languish in a sultry Mediterranean climate.

Stretching along the southern Cape coast from Heidelberg in the west to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River in the east, the region's entrance to the interior is barred by towering mountains breached by breathtaking passes and gorges. The silence evoked by its ever-changing landscape carries on its still, fragrant, sea-scented air a sense of the spiritual. With so much of the Garden Route's beauty unspoilt, visitors may feel they have been set free to play in God's backyard.

A well-developed tourist infrastructure has strung the region's towns along its coast like a string of pearls. In all of them, artists, writers, naturalists and nature lovers co-exist with those devoting their time and energies to catering to the whims and special fancies of the area's year-round visitors.

This is where the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe still steams its way between George and Knysna every day. And where the whales come to calve and mate in the many unspoiled bays. Importantly, it's an area boasting two National parks - Tsitsikamma and Wilderness - as well as numerous other provincial and private nature reserves.

A treasure trove of history, culture, food, sport and entertainment awaits you between Heidelberg and Plettenberg Bay. Indeed, the Garden Route is a veritable playground, offering every sport imaginable - from golf to scuba-diving, abseiling to mountain biking.

Beyond this, there are those unforgettable wild and lonely reaches that will touch your soul and revive your spirit.

Make a point of setting aside as many days as you can for the Garden Route, because this area can make time disappear.

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