The Garden Route along the East Coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
Others Along the Route
The Garden Route is one of the most scenic areas of South Africa as well as being the best place for whale watching. It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Temperatures rarely fall below 10°C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast.
Stretching from Slangriver at Heidelberg to the white sandy beaches of Plettenberg Bay, lies the picturesque Garden Route. The area is richly endowed by nature and graced with dramatic rocky peninsulas, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, indigenous forests, magnificent caves and golden beaches. The quaint seaside villages are home to a variety of accommodation, excellent restaurants and numerous attractions. From hiking, mountain biking, horse and ostrich riding, whale, dolphin or bird watching to lazing in the sun, enjoying an ocean cruise or steam train excursion, there is a land of magic waiting for you.