The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most beautiful treasures, with stretches of white beaches and sparkling Indian Ocean to entice tourists from all over the world. Situated between the warm Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua and Tsisikamma mountains, the route is a journey that showcases South Africa’s true beauty to be explored. Car hire in South Africa will allow you to discover the splendour of the Garden Route at your own pace, allowing you to soak in its stunning scenery and relaxed atmosphere.
Made up of ecologically diverse vegetation, the Garden Route showcases South Africa’s different eco-systems. Encompassing the Capes fynbos, Knysna wetlands and forest, and parts of the klein karoo, the Garden Route has a unique mixture of ecology. Twenty one towns dot the route making the list of attractions and activities endless, with something for all types of travellers and travelling parties. Car hire in South Africa allows you to travel to and from each town and activity, giving you the freedom to choose where to go and what to do depending on what catches your attention and how much time you have.
Some of the most popular destinations along the garden route include Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenburg Bay, Natures Valley and George. Each town has its own unique feel and attractions: fishing, hiking trails, craft markets, whale watching, golfing, restaurants, and numerous lagoons and beaches ensure that there is something for everyone. Year round festivals also attract tourists, such as the Knysna Oyster Festival in July and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) in April.
The Garden Route brings many sporting enthusiasts to its towns, with the Garden Route 300 and Knysna Cycle tour attracting cyclists from all over the country. Arguably, however, the Garden Route’s most popular sporting event is the Knysna Marathon. This event brings thousands of runners from the world over every July to participate in a race through the Knysna Forest. It is held during the annual Knysna Oyster Festival and brings further vibrancy and spectators to the relaxed town. As public transport is not available around the Garden Route, it’s advisable to reach your destination through car hire. South Africa attracts many tourists with its sporting events set amongst remarkablesurroundings; the Knysna Marathon is not to be missed if you’re an avid runner.
The climate of the Garden Route means you can visit any time of year. The summers are mild to warm and the winters are mild to cool. Hire car in South Africa or mini-bus so you can explore the dramatic mountains or many nature reserves along the Garden Route. If you’re planning on going from an in-land nature reserve to one of the many unique marine reserves, hiring a car will ensure that this often lengthy journey goes quickly, and gives you the opportunity to drive through some of the beautiful mountain passes that were built by settlers as early travel along the Garden Route.
Many tour companies offer Garden Route packages or invite you to travel with them in a tour group; however members of these tour groups often miss out on doing what they want in each town and have a schedule on their journey through the Garden Route made for them. Although a schedule is useful in enabling you to see everything the route has to offer, most enjoy the freedom and benefits of car hire. South Africa’s stunning garden route is not to be missed, and if you are travelling to South Africa to explore its beauty, the stunning and diverse ecology of the Garden Route won’t disappoint.