The name, The Garden Route, comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. Making it one of the most popular holiday destinations for local and international guests stretching from Heidelberg to the Storms River Valley including towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, The Wilderness and also Natures Valley of which Georger is the largest and also the central head base of the Garden Route.
Highlights of day 1: Driving along Route 62, also known as the longest wine route in the world, it curves and stretches from Wellington travels through The Breederiver Valley, Tulbagh, Worcester, Robertson and The Klein Karoo. Highlights of day 2: George, named after the British monarch, King George 3rd, was established as a result of the fast growing demand for timber in the cape which was used in building, transport and furniture trades. Today George is the administrative center for the garden route. Highlights of day 3: Knysna’s port could provide shelter for up to about 50ships at a time and the regions abundant timber as exported as early as 1787. Being such a difficult port to enter, a harbor pilot was employed to assist large vessels and the pilot was known as John Benn. A double-deck pleasure cruise currently operating as tourist attraction on the Knysna Lagoon is then named after this iconic man in Knysna at the time. Highlights of day 4: Although Mossel Bay was discovered in 1488, in 1501 a Portuguese navigator, Pedro d’ Ataide, sought shelter in Mossel Bay after losing much of his fleet in a storm. He left an account of the disaster hidden in an old shoe which he suspended from an old milk wood tree. The report was found by the explorer whom it was addressed to – Joao da Nova – and the tree served as a kind of post office tree for decades there-after and is known today as the now famous “Post Office Tree” in Mossel Bay.