Monday, 25 January 2021 08:16 AM
There are many towns dotted along the coastline of South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, each with their own charm and allure. From the stretching beaches of Robberg to the wild ways of Wilderness, George’s neighbouring towns are always great to visit.
Situated in the heart of the Garden Route is the picturesque town of Knysna. Peaceful in its scenic landscape, yet vibrant in cultural heritage, Knysna captivates its visitors with an endless array of activities. Start your day with an exploration of the nearby nature reserves by bike or foot, discover the town’s history on Thesen Island, take a cruise by yacht on the Knysna Estuary, and end your day with dinner and sundowners at one of the many waterside eateries. Or if you feel like relaxing, absorb the beauty of Knysna and its surrounds.
Mossel Bay is a popular harbour town on the east coast of the Western Cape. This vibrant town is the ideal beach getaway, where visitors can traverse the wide Santos Beach by foot or view the bay from the iconic Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse. Rich in history, visit the many museums within the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex or explore San history through ancient rock art in surrounding caves and reserves. Mosselbay will have you both educated and rejuvenated.
Sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains lies Wilderness. A mere 15-minute drive from George will lead you to this quaint town that is a must-see for Garden Route travellers. Wilderness National Park boasts several scenic trails for the active adventurer, while the town’s long stretch of beach and Touws River lagoon makes for the ideal relaxing getaway. As the name suggests, Wilderness is wild and begging to be explored.
The seaside village of Sedgefield is a hub for tranquillity. Surrounded by lush vegetation, lakes and sand dunes, Sedgefield’s landscape begs for awe and attention. Smack-bang in the middle of George and Knysna, the town deserves a visit, where you’ll be rewarded with peace and quiet in the heart of a natural spectacle. And if you feel a bit daring, one can paraglide above green, mountainous coastline for an aerial treat.
Plettenberg Bay is the epitome of Garden Route stereotypes – scenic and tranquil with a culturally vibrant backbone. Sandy beaches with coveted surf breaks, indigenous forests, and peninsula trails allow for an adventurous escape. For those less actively inclined, viewing the whale migration from the shores or visiting Birds of Eden, a free-flying bird sanctuary, can offer inquisitive activities for the whole family.