Stretching along the East Coast of the Western Cape all the way into Eastern Cape province lies the ever popular Garden Route. This 300km coastal road passes through the Garden Route National Park, starting (or ending depending on your direction) at Mossel Bay and heads towards Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).
The area is known for its lush greenery of indigenous forests contrasted by the jagged clients and stunning coastal vistas. The route takes you through some fantastic towns with a wide array of things to see and do.
Mossel Bay relied on farming, fishing and its commercial harbour for many years until a discovery of national gas fields in 1969 which led to a gas-to-liquids refinery being built and boosting the town’s economy. Mossel Bay is a popular destination for South Africans on holiday due to the sunny warm climate, warm ocean and beaches. The area around Mossel Bay is well known for South African rock art created by the San People. Most of the art is located on private land and only accessible through guided walks with a registered guide.
Oudtschoorn, the “ostrich capital of the world” settled between the Swartberg & Outeniqua Mountains is a popular tourist destination home to the famous Cango Caves. The cave system stretches over 4km, about a quarter of this is open to visitors. There are 2 large Ostrich Farms as well as the Cango Wildlife Ranch that has a selection of Big Cats, Crocodiles and more, or you can visit Buffelsdrift Game Lodge For a unique view of the area you can take a Hot Air Balloon ride with Oudtschoorn Ballooning, though this is season and weather dependent.
George is the second largest city in the Western Cape and has become well known for its numerous world-class golf courses. George hosts a few large events each year such as the George Old Car Show and George Cheese Festival. The city is often the base for those wanting to explore the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Built on the northern shore of the lagoon of the same name, Knysna is known for its year-round warm climate and relaxed atmosphere. With plenty of hiking trails and opportunities for outdoor activities, the town attracts those who enjoy time in nature. Popular annual events include the Knysna Oyster Festival, Pink Loeries Mardi Gras & Arts Festival and the Knysna Speed Festival.
Gqeberha, formerly known as Port Elizabeth is the end/start point for the Garden Route and is a coastal city founded in 1820. Known for its many blue-flag beaches, diverse cultural heritage and as the gateway for the province’s outdoor and safari tourism.
Popular areas for Non Residents purchasing property:
George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay