The Garden Route
The Garden Route is a beautiful 200km stretch of coastline in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa – a superb self-drive route. The full extent of the popular self-drive is from Cape Town in the west to Port Elizabeth in the east, a distance of around 800kms if sticking to the N2 motorway. The road is hemmed in by the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains, a picturesque back drop. In reality most will want to turn off the N2 and hug the coast, taking their time to visit all the famous attractions.
The official Garden Route starts in Mossel Bay in the west, and ends at Storms River in the east. Knysna, in the middle, is a great place to base yourself on the Garden Route as all the attractions are within very easy reach and accommodation is good here. You can relax for a couple of nights in the knowledge you don’t need to do much driving. The start of the Garden Route, Mossel Bay, is around 400km from Cape Town while Storms River is around 200km from Port Elizabeth – many people choose to stop in the winelands and or Hermanus for a night at the start to explore these areas and enjoy the coast road at leisure before getting back on the N2 to Mossel Bay. Alternatively you can fly to George and start your exploration there.
As well as beautiful beaches, lagoons and coves, there is also indigenous forest, beautiful flowers (hence its name) and quaint towns. Off shore there is the chance to see Southern Right Whales, dolphins, great white sharks and African penguins. On shore there are nature reserves, vineyards and a host of attractions and museums.
Cities on the Garden Route