The Garden Route is really quite appropriately named. It gives the impression of the Garden of Eden would look like, all along the south-eastern coastline of South Africa. The name originates from the magnificently diverse greenery here and the many lagoons and lakes along the coast.
There are numerous little towns and villages all along the garden route. It starts at Witsand and continues through to The Crags, right there at the Tsitsikamma National forest. A few of the most well known and popular towns are Stillbay, Mossel Bay, Hartenbos, George, Wilderness, Knysna, And Plettenberg Bay, just to name a few. And at every stop you will find amusing things to do, delightful bistros and pubs, and a few of the sweetest little guest houses and hotels you can discover. All in all, the garden route accommodation selections are essentially infinite. You can find nearly anything you feel for, whether it be hotels, B&B, guest houses or guest lodges, and everything else in between.
Listed below are a few of the towns, the types of accommodation located in that town, and a few things of interest to do also.
The town of George is well known for golf, so if you are in the mood for an enjoyable round of nine or 18 holes, then this is the town for you! You can play at the George Golf Club or at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Estate. For those who do not favor the sport, you can always go to the George Museum where you will discover displays on the growth of the timber industry, a collection of souvenirs connected with PW Botha, the last nationalist leader of SA, as well as the AK47 rifle carved from ivory as a gift to Botha from Jonas Savimbi. For those who find museum tours a little too slow, there is canoeing, mountain biking, paragliding or abseiling instead.
As for accommodation in George, there is so much to pick from. It all depends on whether you are camping, caravanning, prefer a bush lodge, prefer self-catering chalets or feel like staying at a guest farm. The selections are endless and each has its own special beauty.
Hartenbos is right beside the Mossel Bay industrial town called Voorbaai. There is a resort right on the banks of the Hartenboss river which is very popular, especially throughout December and January. This is when about one hundred thousand individuals visit. There are all kinds of activities to enjoy like boating and fishing. However the most popular without a doubt is what the Afrikaans call the ATKV- Afrikaans Taal en Kultuur Vereninging, which translated means The Afrikaans Language and Culture Organization, which was established in 1936, along with the Hartenbos Resort.
The Great View Guest House is a sensational little gem that has 5 en-suite bed rooms and each has its own exclusive entrance. It has something all tastes from large living spaces, braai areas, a sundeck and splash pool and is child and wheelchair friendly. If you are more interested in self-catering, then there are a couple of to choose from, all with impressive views and spectacular surrounds. A lot of have scenic views of the ocean.
Wilderness is located in between sheer cliffs and lush woodlands and hillsides on one side and lakes and lagoons along the coastline. In the middle of the Wilderness National Park is a camp site with a little store, you can rent canoes and row-boats and enjoy the day on the lake.
There are way too many towns to mention and note the incredible locations you can stay for the night, and even a couple of days. Lip service cannot do the Garden Route and any of the accommodation any justice. It is something that you have to experience for yourself.
We are the proud owners of a gorgeous guest house here in Wilderness that sleeps fourteen. We have been around for over sixtenn years now, and are planning to be around for at least the next sixteen years. If you have any questions that require addressing, or just need some accommodation assistance, Cinnamon House accomodation.