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Garden Route

The Garden Route is a top holiday region in South Africa with masses to see and do. If you’re the kind of traveller who wants complete freedom to explore at your own pace on an easy-going family holiday and to dine in or out on a whim and when you please, it makes sense to self-cater. Choose your … Continue reading “Luxury Self-Catering Villa and Cottage Accommodation on the Garden Route”

Fynbos – translated as ‘fine bush’ – is one of the Cape’s most magnificent and abundant gifts. It forms part of the majestic Cape Floral Kingdom which holds rank as the world’s richest flower kingdom. Consisting of shrub- and heathlands occurring on scenic coastal plains and on mountain slopes of the south western and southern Cape, Fynbos  – … Continue reading “Fabulous Fynbos Holiday Hotspots of the Western Cape and Garden Route”

Gondwana Game Reserve is about to open its new tented eco camp, promising a close and rewarding connection with the free-roaming wildlife and the beautiful fynbos of the Garden Route – just 4-5 hours out of Cape Town. The new eco-safari experience at Gondwana will have its emphasis is on active participation in conservation.

Wildlife safaris are just about everywhere in South Africa! The Western Cape / Garden Route is endowed with its fair share of safari experiences, with several safari lodges between Cape Town and the Garden Route offering enticing wilderness accommodation and exciting guided safaris. As a bonus, the road trip through the Western Cape and along the Garden … Continue reading “A Cape Safari: 4 Fab Safari Lodges Between Cape Town and the Garden Route”

This year sees the exciting launch in Plettenberg Bay of the MAD Festival from 26 June – 13 July 2014. MAD will bring you a wonderful mix of  music, arts and drama in a fabulous holiday playground on the Garden Route. Highlights there will be many, including street theatre, visual arts, food and music, promising a … Continue reading “Plett Goes MAD in July: Midyear Bonanza of Music, Arts & Drama Festival in Plettenberg Bay Garden Route”

It takes a bright flash of creative genius and more than just a few lightbulb moments to conjure up the successful transformation of an old power station into one of the Garden Route’s most upbeat and daringly different hotels. In a plucky and spirited venture, the power station on Knysna’s Thesen Islands was converted into … Continue reading “From Power Station to Upbeat Hotel: The Turbine Hotel is the Garden Route’s Most Switched-On Getaway”

Stop beside a still pond abloom with water lilies and the sense of serenity and contentment is almost instant. This was our first glorious impression on arrival at Lily Pond Country Lodge, and it endured beyond our stay there. Occupying a little paradise of its own at Nature’s Valley on the Garden Route (The Crags … Continue reading “A Moment or Two of Grace on the Garden Route: Commune with the Lilies at Lily Pond Country Lodge”

The Garden Route is aburst with holiday activities to suit all tastes. These are some of the animal sanctuaries near Plettenberg Bay, popular with families and lovers of creatures great, small, exotic and in some cases, endangered.

One wouldn’t necessarily think of Knysna as a “city” – it’s much too quaint and laid-back a holiday spot for that – but what certainly is true, is that it’s a prime holiday spot and a definite must-do on any Garden Route holiday.  Knysna has soared up to second place on Conde Nast Traveller’s Top … Continue reading “Nifty Knysna: In the Top Five of Africa’s Best Cities”

South Africa is wide and vast, and abundantly gifted with gorgeous landscapes and fascinating wildlife. From safari hideouts deep in the wilderness to trendy urban playgrounds, from secret mountain getaways to vine-combed valleys and pearl-white beaches, the holiday options in South Africa are almost endless.

As its name suggests – so invitingly, the Garden Route hamlet of Wilderness is surrounded by nature in some of her best finery.  Snaking its way between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve, Wilderness lays claim to a great big scoop of nature. Natural lakes and lagoons, and a long and relatively untrampled expanse of … Continue reading “Gadding about on the Garden Route: The Wows and Wherefores of Wilderness – Plus Special Offer”

Squiggling prettily between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve and, for the most part, basking under a warm kindly sun, the play-town of Wilderness has a list of credits that are hard to beat. Natural lakes and lagoons, and a long, long scoop of beach, are some of its special gifts.

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