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Garden Route Tourism Overview

About Garden Route

The Garden Route is a vast strip of land located in south-eastern part of Africa. Garden Route has a lot to give you in terms of beauty, natural attractions and the unique flora and fauna. This magnificent place stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which flows along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the Western Cape. This place is famous for the ten nature reserves with the varied ecosystems and unique marine reserves. Garden Route has rugged terrain and steep mountains but has a beautiful shoreline with wonderful beaches and bays. The vivid landscapes are surely a delight to the eye.


Country : South Africa.
Area : The total land area is 129,370 Kilometers Square.
Languages : Afrikaans, English, Xhosa are the languages spoken.
Currency : Rand.

Climate & Geography

It has a maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. This is one of the places in South Africa where the rainfall occurs throughout the year.

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : September to May is the best time to visit Garden Route.

Transportation

By plane South African Airways has regular flights to George. The nearest international airport is in Cape Town By car The Garden Route is easily reached from Cape Town : east on the N2 highway Durban, Port Elizabeth : west on the N2 highway Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein : south on the the N1 then the N9 Kimberley : south on the N12 The N2 is the main highway that passes through the Garden Route, connecting Cape Town with Port Elizabeth. By bus The main companies offer regular services along the Garden Route from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The region is also on the Baz Bus route.

Local Transport : The best way of traveling around the city is by car. You can hire a car from any of the companies easily and tour all around.

Shopping & Entertainment

Garden Route is a paradise for shopaholics. There are numerous places where you can shop like : -

    → Jacana : - You can buy African Curios here.

    → Langeberg Mall : - Langeberg Mall is a popular open air mall.

    → Milkwood Village : - Milkwood Village is situated close to the Wilderness train station. It showcases a range of curios, clothing and accessories.

    → Feathers Gallery : - Feathers Gallery provides you a wonderful shopping experience.

    → Renett's Candle Studio : - This place also offers a wide range of souvenirs.

Some of the merry-making times in Garden Route are : -

    √ Hartenbos Wine Festival

    √ Eden Wolwedans Festival

    √ Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.


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