The route is flanked by the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains in the north, and has its own unique climate described as 'temperate coastal' - warm summers and cool winters with year round chances of rain.

On your journey, you will be tempted to divert and stop off at various of the small bays all the way from False bay should you be there during whale watching season, which falls from July to December.
Gansbaai is a very popular destination for a stopover and a popular local holiday destination and is also a shark cage diving destination.The most popular is Hermanus, which is an artistic haven, with a tranquil atmosphere.The entire lagoon is a declared marine reserve. An annual Whale Festival is held here.
Knysna, which has a beautiful natural lagoon and indigenous forests as on our main picture. Knysna also offers excellent Golf Courses, Health Spa's and is a good beach holiday destination
More Places of interest.

Mossel Bay: Is regarded as the gateway to the Garden Route and is where the first European to set foot in South Africa, Portugese explorer Bartholemew Diaz landed in a storm in 1488. It is an industrialised town, but offers good beaches, shark cage diving and seal and whale watching by boat.
Wilderness: Is very scenic with a number of fresh water lakes. There are pleasant hiking trails and it is a good bird watching area. There are many holiday homes on the cliffs with good views out to sea.The area includes the Wilderness National Park
Plettenberg Bay:
known as the jewel of the Garden Route, is only 35km from Knysna. It has unspoilt golden beaches. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains form the backdrop to this beautiful coastal resort.
Robberg Nature reserve: Some of the most beautiful walks on the Garden Route with views of Dolphins playing in the water and Seals lazing on the rocks below.
Tsitsikamma National Park:The name is derived from the Khoi language:- "the place of many waters"  incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes with golden beaches and waves pounding beneath 180m cliffs. It is Africa's oldest marine reserve.
Cango Caves
Fancourt Golf Course, George
Ostrich Farms: Little Karoo.
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Steam Train
Bird watching: Knysna Loerie
Tsitsikama hiking trails
George, Oudtshoorn Cango.

A visit to Oudtshoorn to experience working Ostrich farms and a day at the Cango Caves is one well spent. Oudsthoorn may be reached via the Route 62 or by following the route inland from George over the Outiniqua pass. The vegetation changes immediately once over the pass to more arid, typical of the Little Karoo.

There are many types of accommodation to suit most budgets in the area. Hiking trails abound across the little Karoo.
Depending on your priorities, a hire car may be returned to George which has an airport for internal flights to Kruger Park or Durban.George, named after King George III, is the so-called capital of the Garden Route. Its nearest beaches are at Victoria Bay, and Wilderness. George is lush green and scenic and the home of the famous Fancourt golf course.
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One of the most scenic parts of South Africa, as you travel on the N2 northwards up the east coast toward Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province - a must see while visiting other areas of the country. En-Route you will pass through the scenic Overberg region of the Western Cape.
The area is renown for its vegetation known as Fynbos. The Cape floral area represents only five percent of the land area of Africa, but contains twenty percent of the continent's flora.

The Western Cape floral region is considered a World Heritage hotspot of great scientific value.The Garden Route has a beautiful coastline, with small interesting towns with white sandy beaches for surfing, swimming and wind-surfing.
The area has lagoons and inlets with deep forests in parts which offer bike trails, hiking and a paradise for birding. While you are in the vicinity, there is the opportunity of a nostalgic steam train ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. Adventure sport pursuits are Bunji-jumping, paragliding and shark cage diving
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