High on the must-see list of most visitors to South Africa is the Garden Route, and with good reason: you can’t help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty of the scenery. It’s less than 300km from Mossel Bay in the west to just beyond Plettenberg Bay in the east, yet the range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activity in this short space is breathtaking.
Kruger National Park
If you enjoy watching wildlife, this is arguably one of the greatest places on earth to do it. If you’re new to watching wildlife then you’ve chosen well. Kruger is one of the world’s most famed protected areas – known for its size, conservation history, wildlife diversity and ease of access.
Storms River & Around
Tree-lined Storms River is a little hamlet with an excellent selection of accommodation options and a big tourism profile, in large part because of its proximity to Tsitsikamma National Park. Don’t confuse Storms River and the turn-off 4km to the west for Storms River Mouth (Stormsriviermond in Afrikaans), located in the park.
With just a million people inhabiting its 373,000 sq km, the Northern Cape is South Africa’s last great frontier. The scattered towns are hundreds of kilometres apart, connected by empty roads across the wildernesses of Namakwa, the Kalahari and Upper Karoo. In these sublime, surreal expanses, reality disappears faster than a meerkat into its burrow.