The Wilderness, nestled between the wooded foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains and a vast expanse of golden beach, truly embodies the best of the Garden Route. As the western gateway to the Southern Cape lakes area, it is today a nature lover's paradise best known for its beaches, lakes, placid lagoon and lush indigenous forests. Encompassed within the boundaries of the Wilderness one finds the 2600ha Wilderness National Park, which is well known for its bird-watching as it hosts over 230 different species.
Knysna offers an electric mix of attractions and activities - something for everyone. Diverse in its mix of people and its surroundings, this diversity is reflected in a range of choices of eco-tourism, cultural-tourism and heritage-tourism. For the culture-vulture, the area is steeped in romantic history. Myth and legend unfold under the oaks of Belvidere with its old Manor House and Chapel, and will lead you through forest glades and glens to the very first goldmines in South Africa at Millwood.
Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa's Top holiday Resorts and for artists and photographers the subject matter is endless. A resort of perfect beaches in the centre of the Garden Route, surrounded by the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and engulfed by indigenous forest, Plettenberg Bay has become South Africa's pleasure paradise for lovers of fauna, flora, scenery, whales and life on the coast.
Nature's Valley is located next to a beautiful lagoon on the Indian Ocean, enfolded with mountainous forest with rich fauna, flora and a bird watchers paradise. The Knysna loerie is plentiful in the forest and trains of bottle nosed dolphins can be seen in the waves with whales visiting frequently, especially the southern right whale is common here in early summer.
Tsitsikamma, is where sea and forest meet in an awe-inspiring display of nature's riches? A coastline where huge seas crash against sheer cliffs and rocks, forests where ancient yellowwood trees stretch up and gentler areas where fynbos (fine bush) flourishes making it one of the wonderlands of South Africa. This is natural beauty at its best – an abundance of indigenous animals, birds, ancient yellow woods and magnificent fynbos.