A COASTAL AD­VEN­TURE

En­joy the beauty of na­ture and get your adrenalin pump­ing in the Gar­den Route Na­tional Park

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THE Gar­den Route, which stretches across the south­west­ern coast of the West­ern and East­ern Cape, is a true par­adise for tourists that at­tracts large num­bers of vis­i­tors each month.

The road through the Gar­den Route Na­tional Park will leave you breath­less, as you take in this beau­ti­ful cor­ner of South Africa.

The Gar­den Route Na­tional Park en­com­passes the Wilder­ness, Knysna and Tsit­sikamma re­gions. Here you’ll find af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and var­i­ous fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­tire fam­ily.

The Tsit­sikamma sec­tion of the park is 615km from Cape Town and 195km from Port El­iz­a­beth.

The Storms River Mouth and Na­ture’s Val­ley rest camps in the Tsit­sikamma sec­tion of­fer ideal hol­i­days for any­one look­ing for rest, ad­ven­ture and un­be­liev­able nat­u­ral beauty.

Just a short dis­tance from Tsit­sikamma, be­tween Knysna and Plet­ten­berg Bay, is the pic­ture-per­fect Gar­den of Eden walk – the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to stretch your legs and en­joy a pic­nic in the for­est.

It’s wheel­chair-friendly, with wooden paths and bridges.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Com­fort­able and af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion sur­rounded by idyl­lic land­scapes make the Gar­den Route Na­tional Park a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

TSIT­SIKAMMA

Storms River Mouth and Na­ture’s Val­ley rest camps The sea is a stone’s throw away from the ac­com­mo­da­tion and the un­be­liev­able land­scape is a feast for the eyes.

There are dif­fer­ent types of ac­com­mo­da­tion:

Fam­ily cot­tages – two bed­rooms (sleeps four peo­ple). Th­ese also boast a liv­ing area with a fully fit­ted kitchen.

Bush huts – one bed­room (sleeps two) and a liv­ing area. You have an op­tion be­tween a hut with or with­out a bath­room.

Hon­ey­moon units – a ro­man­tic get­away for two. It con­sists of an open-plan bath­room, a lounge and is right on the wa­ter’s edge with a calm­ing view of the ocean.

Wood units – camp ac­com­mo­da­tion for glam­pers (glam­orous campers). Th­ese units at Na­ture’s Val­ley are some­thing to ex­pe­ri­ence.

They look out over the bush and are fit­ted with ev­ery­thing you'll need to camp in style. The nearby river and sur­round­ing leafy green for­est will en­sure you still get that real feel of na­ture.

WILDER­NESS Ebb & Flow rest camp

This camp is well-equipped with ev­ery­thing you’ll need to make your get­away spe­cial. Some of the units are set right on the river­bank so you can re­lax and watch the an­i­mals on the op­po­site bank.

Birdlife in the area is abun­dant – see how many va­ri­eties you can spot as you en­joy a sun­set boat cruise with snacks.

KNYSNA LAKES

Diep­walle and Hark­erville

Chalet – you can overnight in the fourstar Hark­erville Tree­top chalet. It has two dou­ble bed­rooms, each with its own bath­room.

This stylish chalet has an in­door and out­door braai area, dish­washer, wash­ing ma­chine and tum­ble dryer, DStv, a tele­phone and an alarm sys­tem.

Tented units – The Diep­walle For­est Camp has tented units on a wooden deck. There are braai and din­ing ar­eas, elec­tric points, com­mu­nal ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties with hot wa­ter, a com­mu­nal fridge, wash­ing ma­chine and tum­ble dryer.

AC­TIV­I­TIES

Apart from the lush land­scape and comfy ac­com­mo­da­tion, Knysna boasts unique tourist at­trac­tions.

Visit the sea­horse tanks at the Knysna Th­e­sen Is­land of­fices to see Knysna’s own threat­ened sea­horse species. This sea­horse is found in the Knysna, Keur­booms and Swartvlei river mouths and nowhere else in the world.

It's listed as a threat­ened species on the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture’s red list of threat­ened species – the first sea­horse in the world to be con­sid­ered a pro­tected species.

Ad­ven­ture junkies can ex­plore the wa­ters on Storms River kayak or lilo tours. Ex­pe­ri­enced group guides will make sure you en­joy your­self and stay safe.

Get ac­quainted with sea life in the area by en­joy­ing a fan­tas­tic snorkel and scuba ex­pe­ri­ence.

The sus­pen­sion bridge over the wa­ters of the Storms River is 77m long. It was built in 1969 and is still one of the most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions in the Tsit­sikamma area.

Go on a zip-line canopy tour and see the for­est from on high un­der the watch­ful eye of a tour guide.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude hik­ing though the pic­ture-per­fect park, ca­noe­ing, fish­ing, moun­tain bik­ing or pic­nick­ing.

Pay a visit to the spec­tac­u­lar Big Tree, an 800-year-old yel­low­wood tree that's 36,6m tall.

Kayak­ing Bush hut in­te­rior

The Big Tree

Fam­ily cot­tages

Bird­watch­ing in the Wilder­ness

Sus­pen­sion bridge

Fam­ily cot­tage in­te­rior

Bush huts

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