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Places To See

Discover the beautiful GARDEN ROUTE

Towns To Visit

Distance Table Garden Route

  • Wilderness to George - 15km
  • Wilderness to Sedgefield - 23km
  • Wilderness to Knysna - 47km
  • Wilderness to Mossel Bay - 62km
  • Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay - 79km
Wilderness Beach

Wilderness

The picturesque enclave of Wilderness lies tucked between the Kaaimans River and Goukamma Nature Reserve in the heart of the Garden Route. Endless stretches of sandy white beaches of Wilderness are lapped by the tranquil Indian Ocean with the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains standing guardian as a backdrop to this beautiful coastal resort town.

Wilderness has become a destination of choice amongst many tourists, local and foreign. Natural lakes and lagoons offer endless activities for water-sport enthusiasts and great birding opportunities for ornithologists. Outdoor activities abound in the form of hiking, hang gliding, paragliding, horse riding or scenic drives.

Also popular in the area are arts and crafts as Wilderness is home to several artists and crafters who offer their work for sale at regular craft markets in the area.

For the keen photographer don’t miss the “Map of Africa Viewpoint” and “Dolphin Point” which offer the most incredible ocean views. The famous Kaaimans River Bridge is another spectacular photographic opportunity.

Mossel Bay Oyster Catcher Trail

Mossel Bay

A lively seaside resort town situated only 63 km from Wilderness. A delightful town to visit while on holiday in Wilderness. More than 60 km of pristine white beaches, great family entertainment, restaurants and pubs, historical and cultural artefacts, shopping malls, art and craft markets, whale watching, Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, Santos Beach Pavillion and spectacular hiking trails.

Knysna Heads

Knysna

Home to the illustrious Pansy Shell, the Knysna Lagoon is a must-see spot. Children will love playing in the shallow waters, as adults sit in their deck chairs and marvel at the Knysna Heads. Secure, peaceful and beautiful, Leisure Isle combines a fun day at the beach; go canoeing, kayaking, hire a speed boat or go fishing.

Another must-see spot are the Knysna Heads. A paved pathway and secure balustrade allow for some gorgeous photography. The viewpoint is situated on the Eastern Head; below one can view the channel which flows between this geographical landmark. In the days that this channel was still unmarked territory, it was a treacherous undertaking to pass though and enter the Lagoon. Remnants of the Paquita still lie at the entrance to the Heads. Scuba diving at the Heads is a popular pastime and a great way to view the Paquita.

On the western side is Featherbed Nature Reserve which is privately owned. Featherbed is accessible by ferry which one is able to take from the Knysna Waterfront. If you happen to be travelling to Knysna during August and September, the Heads viewpoint is the best place view the Southern Right whale.

One of Knysna’s most prominent (dare I say legendary!) festivals is the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The festival is held in July every year and features over 100 sporting and gourmet events over a period of 10 days. From oyster sampling to cycle and trail races, this festival is certain to heat up your winter chills.

Nature enthusiasts will relish in the variety of activities. Try to spot the illusive Knysna Loerie (you will hear its call long before you see it), trace the prints of an elephant in the Knysna Forest and delight in local flora such as coastal Fynbos and the Milkwood Tree.

The town of Knysna itself is a hub of craft shops and trendy cafes. Explore the flea-markets for something to wear or something to take home as a souvenir. Walk up Knysna’s Main Road, past Woodmill Lane (the historical site of Knysna’s Sawmill and Timber Factory), down towards the Waterfront and onto Thesen Island.

Both the Waterfront and Thesen Island will have you overwhelmed for choice of bars and restaurants. Enjoy a sundowner and reflect on a day well spent in magical Knysna.

Sedgefield

Sedgefield

Sedgefield’s is renowned as being the Garden Route’s Slow Town, the emblem of which is a giant mosaic tortoise. The Slow Town Festival which takes place in April every year is a marvelous way to engage in the Sedgefield community. The events and activities range from art exhibitions, a beauty pageant, mosaic workshops, Mitchell’s beer tastings, a golf challenge, a chess tournament and even Victorian picnic accompanied by the sounds of a local Marimba-playing band.

Gerickes Point is one of the Garden Routes most precious beaches. There is a view point overlooking the ocean and if you are there at the right time of year (around September/October), it is the perfect place to view southern right whales.

Other activities and highlights of the town is a Classic Car collection. It is a must-see when travelling to or through Sedgefield. Situated on the Main Road/N2, it hosts a alarge range of classic cars from different periods in motor history.

Book for your own guided walks (The Giant Kingfisher Trail) among indigenous coastal shrubbery and get a map of the Slow Town Tourist Route which will highlight the main touristic points of the town; a great activity you can do by foot.

The Swartvlei Rivermouth is a hit with locals. Boogie board with the in-coming tide into the Swartvlei Lagoon. Children will tirelessly run up the shore and be carried down again with the in-coming tide.

George Western Cape

George

Nestling at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, George finds itself at the centre of natures “Garden Route” in the Cape Wildflower Floral Kingdom. Situated approximately 430 kilometres from the Mother City of Cape Town.

George is widely regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region. It is therefore the ideal base from which to explore the Southern Cape and Little Karoo. George is highly accessible. A good road network and the George airport link the Southern Cape and Little Karoo hinterland to the major centres of South Africa.

It is the business hub of the region and offers a variety of conference facilities, restaurants and tourist attractions and activities.

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