Ad­ven­tures at THE GAR­DEN ROUTE

Ex­plore na­ture and the na­tional park’s beau­ti­ful scenery

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THE Gar­den Route, stretch­ing over the South­ern and East­ern Cape, at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors and is a par­adise for tourists. Tak­ing the road through the Gar­den Route Na­tional Park will leave you in awe of the nat­u­ral beauty found in this part of South Africa. The Gar­den Route Na­tional Park is made up of the Wilder­ness, Knysna and Tsit­sikamma sec­tions. Here you will find af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and a va­ri­ety of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily.

The Tsit­sikamma sec­tion is 615 km from Cape Town and 195 km from Port El­iz­a­beth. The Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and Na­ture’s Val­ley are found in the Tsit­sikamma sec­tion and they are both ideal if you’re long­ing for a per­fect va­ca­tion of rest, ad­ven­ture and beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery.

A stone’s throw from the Tsit­sikamma sec­tion, be­tween Knysna and Plet­ten­berg Bay, you’ll find the pic­turesque Gar­den of Eden – the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to stretch your legs and have a pic­nic in the woods. The area is wheel chair friendly, with wooden walk­ways and bridges.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

The com­fort­able and af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion, sur­rounded by the idyl­lic nat­u­ral beauty, makes the Gar­den Route Na­tional Park one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for tourists.

TSIT­SIKAMMA

The sea is al­most at the doorstep of the ac­com­mo­da­tion units and the land­scape is breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful. Dif­fer­ent ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions are avail­able:

Fam­ily hous­ing units with two bed­rooms, an open plan liv­ing area and a fully equipped kitchen.

Bush huts with one bed­room and liv­ing area. You have an op­tion be­tween a hut with a bath­room and one with­out a bath­room.

Ro­man­tic honey­moon units with an open plan bath­room and liv­ing room, lo­cated right next to the wa­ter with a calm­ing and ro­man­tic view over the sea.

The glamp­ing wooden units (glam­ourous camp ac­com­mo­da­tion) at Na­ture’s Val­ley are some­thing you have to ex­pe­ri­ence. The self-ca­ter­ing units, over­look­ing the for­est, are equipped with the ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties you’ll need to camp in style. You’ll have a true camping ex­pe­ri­ence, with a river rip­pling by in the back­ground.

WILDER­NESS

Th­ese units are well equipped with ev­ery­thing you may need to make your get­away ex­pe­ri­ence ex­tra spe­cial and un­for­get­table. Some of the units are lo­cated on the river bank and you can relax while ob­serv­ing the an­i­mals on the op­po­site side of the river. You will be blown away by the va­ri­ety of bird species you’ll ob­serve when you take a sun­downer boat cruise down the river, en­joy­ing snacks and drinks.

KNYSNA

Stay the night at the four-star Hark­erville Tree­top Chalet with two bed­rooms, each with its

own bath­room. This stylish chalet has a fire­place in­side and out­side, a dish­washer, wash­ing ma­chine, tum­ble dryer, DStv, tele­phone and alarm sys­tem.

The Diep­walle Tent Units are lo­cated on a wooden deck. There are braai ar­eas and there is also a fridge, wash­ing ma­chine and tum­ble dryer.

Ex­cept for the lush green land­scape, Knysna has an­other unique tourist at­trac­tion. Visit the sea horse tanks at the Knysna Th­e­sen Is­land of­fices to view the en­dan­gered sea horse. This sea horse is found in the Knysna, Keur­booms and Swartvlei es­tu­ar­ies and nowhere else on earth. The Knysna sea horse is listed as en­dan­gered on the IUCN Red List. Both Tsit­sikamma and Wilder­ness of­fer spe­cial rates for stokvels. See com­pe­ti­tion page for more de­tails.

AC­TIV­I­TIES

The ad­ven­tur­ous can ex­plore the Storms River on kayak or lilo tours. The ex­pe­ri­enced team will en­sure that you’re safe while hav­ing a blast.

Get up close to the marine life by tak­ing part in the fan­tas­tic snorkelling and scuba ac­tiv­i­ties.

The high hang­ing bridge over the Storms River mouth is 77 me­tres long. It was con­structed in 1969 and is still one of the most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions in the Tsit­sikamma area.

Ex­pe­ri­ence a canopy tour and view the for­est from the tree tops, ac­com­pa­nied by a trained tour guide. Glide from one tree to an­other by ca­ble and en­joy the view.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude hik­ing trails through pic­turesque parks, ca­noe­ing and fish­ing, moun­tain bik­ing or pic­nick­ing.

You can also visit the spec­tac­u­lar Big Tree, an 800-year-old Yel­low­wood tree reach­ing a height of 36,6 me­tres.

Vis­it­ing the Gar­den Route Na­tional Park will give you a chance to con­nect with na­ture

Boat cruises are just some of the many ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered at the park The spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous rooms will en­sure that you feel at home

There are plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep you en­ter­tained through­out your stay

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