South Africa Garden Route 2008
Garden Route South Africa

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The 'Garden Route' is the coastal strip between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean of the Southern Cape Coast of South Africa.

The area is loosely defined - it's neither a geographic nor a political region - so its boundaries are open to discussion. But almost everyone agrees that it's called the Garden Route because it's 'nature's garden.'

Its vegetation is unlike anything anywhere else in Africa: characterised by the fynbos or Cape macchia - a group of about 6,000 species like the Proteas, pincushions, heathers, Cape reeds, and the bulbed (or geophytic) plants.

The Garden Route straddles the N2 national route and includes Swellendam, Heidelberg, Witsand, Riversdale, Stillbay, Albertinia, Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River Village, and the Tsitsikamma (though some people might not include the outlying towns, and would only describe the Garden Route as including only the area from about Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma).

Elsewhere on the Web - with overviews of the towns of Mossel Bay, George, Sedgefield, Knysna, and Plettenberg Bay. Includes pages for about 20 popular acommodation places, adventures and attractions (including the Cango Caves - Africa's biggest show caves) in the Garden Route itself, and in the neighbouring Klein Karoo (Little Karoo) - the semi-arid region to the north of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Guide to the environment of the Garden Route




Guide to the natural environment of the Garden Route


South Africa Garden Route 2008