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The Garden Route, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Guide to the Garden Route one of South Africa's most popular destinations. The Garden Route lies east of Cape Town and encompasses some of South Africa's most beautiful beaches, mountains, and rivers. The climate is mild all year round and there are countless of activities to enjoy including whale-watching, hiking, ostrich riding, golfing, swimming, bungee jumping and more.
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The Garden Route – South Africa's Glorious Garden Route
South Africa's Garden Route is a 200 km drive along the south coast, between Mossel Bay and the mouth of the Storm River through resort towns such as George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. It is considered to be one of the great coastal drives of the world.

Best of the Eastern Cape – Best of South African Tourism Province by Province
Eastern Cape is one of the most fascinating of South Africa's provinces, its coast covering both the famed Garden Route and the Wild Coast, while inland there are the gentle green hills of the Settler Country round Grahamstown and the harsher semi-desert of the Karoo. It is the Xhosa homeland which gave the country many of its greatest leaders, including Nelson Mandela.

A Driving Tour of the Karoo
A driving tour of the Karoo Desert in South Africa from the Cape Winelands near Cape Town to the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape with suggestions of tourist attractions and places to stay en route.

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Monkeyland near Plettenberg Bay in South Africa is a multi-species sanctuary where primates roam freely through the forest. Going on the guided forest walk gives you a wonderful, unpredictable encounter with primates ranging from gibbons to lemurs to capuchins to squirrel monkeys, in a natural environment.

Malaria Free Safaris in Africa
Malaria free safaris can be experienced in many parts of South Africa. Find out where to stay and see the "Big Five" and much more on a malaria-free safari in South Africa's Eastern Cape region, Waterberg, Madikwe and the North Province. Malaria free safaris are perfect for families traveling with children, the elderly, and anyone who can't or...

Highlights of the Garden Route
A good overview of the Garden Route and the main towns including George, Knysna, Albertinia, Oudtshoorn and Plettenburg Bay from Southafrica.com

Shamwari Townhouse, Port Elizabeth
An Art Deco jewel, the Shamwari Townhouse is a luxurious little boutique hotel in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is part of the Mantis Collection.

Soccer World Cup Action – All the Soccer World Cup Action on the Ga…
Elvis has been spotted on South Africa's famed Garden Route, according the Tsitsikamma Hotel website; apparently he's there to take part in an Elvis Idols competition and to watch all the 2010 Soccer World Cup action.

Garden Route Tours
A nice list of Garden Route tours which include hiking and driving tours. Most of the tour operators are locally owned and based in Cape Town.

Garden Route Accommodations
There are so many places to stay along the Garden Route, this site from South Africa Explored offers the best place to search for your ideal accommodation. On the right hand side of the page you can also search for bed and breakfasts, game reserves and lodges, self-catering accommodation and more.

Garden Route Maps
Maps of the Garden Route including detailed maps of George, Knysna, and Plettenburg. There's also a handy map of the main attractions of the Garden Route for those planning their own self-drive trips.

George
George is a historical town in the center of the Garden Route. Whale watching, swimming, mountain biking and hiking are some of the activities you can enjoy, as well as surfing and scuba diving. Golfing is big here too with three of South Africa's top golf courses in the area.

Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn is a small town in the heart of the Klein Karoo and if you like ostriches, you can enjoy plenty of them here at numerous ostrich farms. The Cango Caves are another highlight of this area and one of the most spectacular natural wonders of South Africa. This web site offers information about the main attractions in the area, accommodation listings, restaurants and more.

Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay boasts great beaches and several interesting museums as well as an aquarium. You can also go cage diving with sharks and bungee jump, to add excitement to your day. This site includes attractions, accommodations, restaurants and much more.

Wilderness
Wilderness is a very popular destination along the garden Route. It's beaches are spectacular and filled with ocean-life including dolphins and whales. Wilderness is also a great place for bird-watchers. This guide to Wilderness includes accommodations, major attractions and more.

Tsitsikamma National Park
The Tsitsikamma National Park is internationally recognized for its forests. Tsitsikamma National Park is also Africa's oldest and largest marine reserve, playing a vital role in the preservation and conservation of marine fauna and flora. Tourists, and particularly hikers from all over the world, visit the area which is known for its rugged, unspoiled coastline.

Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay is one of the highlights of the Garden Route. It's a lively town with stunning beaches, rivers and nearby forests. You watch whales, play golf, scuba dive and much more. This is the official tourism site to the town and incudes information about activities, accommodation, scenic drives, events and more.

The Cango Caves
One of the most visited sites in South Africa, the Cango Caves are simply magnificent. The caves are several miles long and the paths tourists may go on are lit. This is the official site to the Caves and offers information on tours, how to get there, photos and more.

The Coelacanth - A Fish Out of Time
Thought to have been extinct for 300 million years, there was global excitement when a coelacanth was hauled up by an East London trawler on South Africa's coast in 1938. Since then sightings have been rare but researchers are gradually piecing together the life story of one of the world's oldest living species.

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