5 Garden Route destinations: TOURISM SPOTLIGHT

South Africa’s legendary paradise extends from as far as Stilbaai in the Western Cape to Stormsriver in the Eastern Cape. This expansive Eden is characterised by pretty fynbos-clad mountains, dramatic river gorges and dense forest rolling down to a beautiful coastline of rocky headlands and sandy beaches. There’s so much to explore in this region dotted with charming towns, great restaurants, arty shops, markets and thrilling adventure activities. What’s more, the Garden Route is overflowing with welcoming guesthouses, lodges, self-catering options and B&Bs.

Take a look at a selected few destinations in the Garden Route that we  decided to feature this week:

1. KNYSNA

Knysna Lagoon - a view from BelvedereKnysna Lagoon – a view from Belvedere

Spread around the immense lagoon of the same name, Knysna endures as the Garden Route’s most popular holiday town. This sybaritic haven delivers a mindboggling variety of experiences ranging from utterly relaxing to extreme adventure.
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2. PLETTENBERG BAY

plettPlett activities are endless!

Plettenberg Bay’s superb beaches, stylish restaurants, world-class golf courses and horde of active adventures have firmly placed it as one of the top Garden Route destinations.
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3. GEORGE

world-class-golfCome to George to view and play on some of the most prestige golf courses in the world.

Famously known as any golfer’s dream destination, George is home to four of South Africa’s top 10 golf courses. It’s also the business centre of the Garden Route with the only substantial airport in the region.
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4. WILDERNESS

Wilderness, with its beautiful beaches and laid back community is one of the must-visit-places in the Garden Route and South Africa

Overlooking a glorious long beach and meandering around wetlands below forested hills is the picture-perfect village of Wilderness. Favoured for relaxing getaways in nature or for an active escape, Wilderness is fast earning a reputation as a gourmet destination too.
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5. HARTENBOS

Hartenbos, a mere 45km from George, next to Mossel Bay, is perfect for a beach holiday or to explore the heritage of South Africans.

Hartenbos is a beach holiday resort situated at the mouth of the Hartenbos River. The lovely lagoon is ideal for family-friendly water activities and there are a few brilliant fishing spots.
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Source: http://www.safarinow.com/blog/top-25-garden-route-destinations-2014/