Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Fantastic Garden Route

South Africa is a place where you can expect to find many different things to enjoy. As the most developed economy in Africa, South Africa is a great place for tourists with the best facilities to cater for the same. South Africa has a lot to look forward to. The wildlife is incredible and the plant and bird life is also something to behold. South Africa is not all about wildlife. There are the most fascinating landscapes as well as mountains, valleys, forests as well as waterfalls.

The garden route is a great place for a self drive as it is rich in resources. It lies in between the Indian Ocean and Quartzite mountains. This is in the Western Cape South Africa. It is a very beautiful drive and has some of the most scenic areas in the whole world.

The N2 highway is a stretch starting in Mossel Bay up to Port Elizabeth. The scenery throughout is most fascinating. There are some of the most beautiful coastlines as well as lagoons, estuaries, ravines, waterfalls, mountains and very steep cliffs in the area. This makes it a great place attracting a great number of tourists to the region.

To enjoy the whole garden route, it would be better to take it as a self drive itinerary so as to move from one region to the next enjoying stops at various places. Some areas that are the best include George. It is a perfect place for water sports like sailing and windsurfing. It is also ideal for hiking activities. The next place that shouldn't be missed is the Knysna which can be called the center of the region. The highlight here is the marine park. This is where you will be able to find seahorses.

For those who love whales, stop at Hermanus to watch them. It is a land based whale watching place. Oudtshoorn is the world's ostrich capital in the world. To see an ostrich race, go to cango caves. Port Elizabeth is made interesting by the fact that the political icon nelson Mandela was born here. The region also has some of the most beautiful beaches.

The stretch covers areas between Storms River and Heidelberg. The very name of the region was chosen following the ecologically diverse and verdant vegetation. There are lagoons and lakes along the coastal region. The areas here include Natures valley, Plentenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn, Knysna as well as Mossel Bay.

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