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|Garden Route & Addo Elephant Park Description
The Garden Route is world famous mainly due to many years of strong marketing to overseas visitors. It is a narrow strip of coastline,hemmed in and well watered by rain falling on the seaward side of a wall of mountains that run parallel to the coast. ( The Klein Karoo on the other side is a virtual desert. )The unsually high rainfall ( for South Africa ) allows for deep forests and lush vegetation and there are many permanent rivers.
Do not expect the "Garden Route " to filled with gardens ! If you just pass through you may not enjoy it to the full. However, It has some of the most stunning scenery in the Cape and offers many treasures at many of the towns and villages along the way.
The only logical way is to travel along the N2 heading away from Cape Town towards Port Elizabeth. Officially the Garden Route is from the Langeberg Mountains Nr Heidelberg through to Plettenberg Bay and Storms River, taking in the Outeniqua Mountains.
Having said that you should not ignore the famous Route 62 which takes in the unexpected pleasures of the Breede River Valley and Klein Karoo. This road runs from Worcester down to the outskirts of Port Elizabeth and is a scenic alternative to the N2.
NOTE - It is worth pointing out there are often major roadworks on the N2 and R62 which may delay your journey time by half an hour or so.
Passing through the Garden Route and just using the R62 to get to a destination would be a crime. This beautiful part of the world has so much to offer for all the family. For full information on what both have to offer can be found on the following comprehensive websites -
For tour guide operated Garden Route Tours either Standard or Tailor Made please click on the CAPE SPLENDOUR TOURS category above.
SUGGESTED ROUTE & ACTIVITY PLAN
For those who want to spend around 5 / 7 or even10 days "SELF DRIVING" along Route 62 and N2, taking in the scenery, staying in 4 star guesthouse accomodation and maybe taking part in some different activities,visiting the famous ADDO ELEPHANT PARK then look no further than a trip and a route we have actually done. Of course, you can easily change and arrange any of this to suit yourselves.
Leave Cape Town along the N1 travelling through the Huguenot Tunnel and along to Worcester. Then Take the R62 to Robertson and then onto and staying the night in Montagu. Journey time around 3hours. Having dinner at "JESSICA'S" restaurant is a must.
Jessica's Telephone - 0027 23 614 1805
Another actraction in Montagu is the Avalon Hot Springs. A very popular resort for families, see website
Full information on MONTAGU please visit - www.montagu.org.za
The next part of the journey takes you along the R62 through Tradouw ( Wine tasting at Joubert - Tradauw ) Barrydale, Ladsmith, Calitzdorp and then to and staying the night at Oudtshoorn. Journey time around 3/4 hours from Montagu.
You can spend a day + here visiting Kango Wines, Cango Wildlife Ranch (swim with Crocodiles and Big Cat encounters ), The Famous Cango Caves and the MUST see Cango Ostrich Farm (ride an Ostrich !)
Tradauw Wine Tasting - www.joubert-tradauw.co.za
Cango Wildlife Ranch -www.cango.co.za
Cango Caves - www.cango-caves.co.za
Cango Ostrich Farm - www.cangoostrich.co.za
For full information on Oudtshoorn please visit - www.oudtshoorn.info
Your journey now takes you further eastwards along the R62. After about half an hour the R62 takes a turn to the left ( at a 3 way junction ) and then follows all the way down to the N2 just before Jeffery's Bay. This part of the scenic route can take an hour or so. The other choice (at the 3 way junction ) is follow the road, now N9, to George and pick up the N2 there and then travel eastwards to Port Elizabeth. This choice will encounter more traffic as you go through George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma area.
Either way you follow the N2 to and past Port Elizabeth. At the Grahamstown turn off take the R335 for 40 km's to Addo Elephant Park and then the R336 to Kirkwood. After 6 km's turn left onto a gravel track for HITGEHEIM COUNTRY LODGE. ( The exact location is on their website ) Journey time from Oudtshoorn is around 4 + hours, depending on traffic.
Spend two or even three nights at the wonderful and hospitable Hitgeheim Country Lodge. Depending on your budget and time, the activities available are varied such as Elephant Back Safari, visit Addo Elephant park where the largest concentration of Elephants in the Southern Hemishere can be seen. Also available is Pumba and Schotia Game reserves and if you really want the ultimate in Cheetah and Cub interaction visit the Daniell Cheetah Breeding Farm.
After all that Archie, Marietjie and the staff will ensure you have all the creature comforts at the lodge together with the evening meals which are delightful !
For full information please visit - www.hitgeheim.co.za
For further information on Addo Elephant Park please click - HERE
After your wonderful safari experience it's now time to travel to your next adventure. Make your way back to the N2 and travel westwards to and past Port Elizabeth. Go all the way past Jeffery's bay and along until you reach the Tsitsikamma National Park. Journey time from Addo is around 3 hours. Here along this stretch of coastline is an amazing array of activities to suit all the family. From just walking and sightseeing to the most extreme..........the highest bungy jump in the world ! Awesome !
Other noticable attractions are The Tsitsikamma Forest Canopy Tours, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden.
Depending on your interests and time, maybe stay one night in this area.
WATCHOUT FOR NEW DETAILS ON THE ARMAGH FYNBOS BODY TIME SPA..................
To help you plan your time here please visit the following websites -
CHECK THESE NEXT TWO OUT !
The next stage of the journey takes you westward along the N2, heading through Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield and George. There are still many attractions, nature reserves and stunning scenery along the way.
Knysna is a particular favourite amongst holidaymakers, with it's lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. A visit to this little paradise would be incomplete without a trip to the heads.The heads are made up of a pair of hugh, brightly coloured cliffs lying at the mouth of the lagoon.
Featherbed Bay Nature Reserve provides scenic views of Knysna and the heads from the opposite shore of the lagoon. Ferries depart daily, and on arrival you are taken to the top of Western Head and you can enjoy a 2 km walk down the the foot trail. At the end you can relax at the Featherbed Tavern for a supburb Line Fish lunch.
Also look out for the Outeniqua Choo - Choo train which chugs across the Knysna lagoon and the 68 km ride provides spectacular views of the coastline and hidden valleys.
The main Garden Route website will help you should you want to know more about these towns.
If you want to "Chill Out" for an evening then look no further than The Palms Guesthouse at Wilderness. Journey time from Tsitsikamma is around 2 hours.
Accomodation MUST be booked well in advance -
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - WILDERNESS MANOR GUEST HOUSE -
Please visit www.manor.co.za Contact Gerald or JD for for further information.
For further information about Wilderness please visit
NOTE - Client Recommendation ( Knysna )
As you head westward along the N2 towards Mossel Bay, you may want to take a look at the Botlierskop Game Reserve. Offerings include one day Game Drives and Horseback safari's, elephant picnic etc Accomodation is available.
For further information please visit -
If this is all too much, then follow the N2 passing through Riversdale and Swellendam Heading back towards Cape Town. Journey time around 3 to 4 hours.
HOWEVER - If you still want more...................................then after Swellendam take a left turn onto the R319 passing through Bredasdorp to CAPE AGULHAS............The most southerly point on the African Continent and this is officially where the TWO OCEANS ACTUALLY MEET.
Going to the top of the lighthouse is an experience !
Journey time from Wilderness is around 2 hours.
This wonderful contemporary gusethouse has much to offer. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside in the evening sky, sunk in the hot Jacuzzi, glass of wine, watching the stars and the adjacent lighthouse light up at the tip of Africa !... Quality !
Ther are a number of reasonable eating establishments in Cape Agulhas to suit most tastes.
For further information on Cape Agulhas please visit -
Afterwards, your journey back to Cape Town takes you along the scenic R316 where you join the N2 at Caledon. Journey time back to Caoe Town is around 2 / 3 hours.
Total journey is just over 2000 km's.
IF YOU PLAN YOUR JOURNEY TIMES AND ACCOMODATION POINTS WELL YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY THE TREASURES THAT THE GARDEN ROUTE AND KLEIN KAROO HAS TO OFFER.