The Garden Route and the Little Karoo

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  • 1. Joubert-Tradauw


    Set between Montagu and Barrydale on the R62, the Op-de-Tradouw region, named after a pass through the mountains, is best known for its excellent...Read More

  • 2. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Arguably the Western Cape's most authentic Big Five reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is within relatively easy reach of Cape Town (270 km/168...Read More

  • 3. Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex


    Named for the 15th-century Portuguese navigator, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex concentrates on the early history of Mossel Bay, when it...Read More

  • 4. Birds of Eden


    Built over a natural valley in the indigenous forest, Birds of Eden is a giant free-flight aviary spanning five dome-enclosed acres. A stream...Read More

  • 5. Brenton on Sea


    The beach at Brenton on Sea, past Belvidere, is a beautiful, long, white-sand beach popular for its 6-km (4-mile) walk to neighboring Buffalo...Read More

  • 6. Buffalo Bay Beach


    About 20 km (12 miles) from Knysna, Buffalo Bay Beach offers safe swimming and excellent surfing and body-boarding conditions. It's around a...Read More

  • 7. C. P. Nel Museum


    This museum focuses on the ostrich and Oudtshoorn's boom period at the beginning of the 20th century. The section on fashions of the feather...Read More

  • 8. Cango Caves


    Between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert, the huge and stunningly beautiful Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite...Read More

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  • 9. Cango Ostrich Farm


    Cango Ostrich Farm is probably the least commercialized of the ostrich show farms. Guides explain the bird's extraordinary social and physical...Read More

  • 10. Cango Wildlife Ranch


    The name Cango Wildlife Ranch is a bit misleading, as this is really just a glorified zoo, crocodile farm, and cheetah-breeding center, but...Read More

  • 11. Central Beach


    All the dolphin-watching boats and kayak trips leave from Central Beach. A constant stream of tenders going out to the fishing boats moored...Read More

  • 12. Domein Doornkraal


    This one-stop farm shop features wines from 25 cellars and has an excellent selection of pot-still brandies, dessert wines, dry wines, and blends...Read More

  • 13. Featherbed Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Unlike its eastern counterpart, the western side of the Heads (part of the Featherbed Nature Reserve) is relatively unspoiled. In addition to...Read More

  • 14. Heads


    You can't come to Knysna without making a trip out to the Heads, at the mouth of the lagoon. The rock sentinels provide great views of both...Read More

  • 15. Holy Trinity Church, Belvidere

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most interesting buildings in the area stands across the lagoon from Knysna, in the exclusive community of Belvidere. The Anglican...Read More

  • 16. Keurboomstrand


    This beach is about 10 km (6 miles) from Plett—right on the eastern edge of the bay. If you're fit, you can walk all the way from here to Nature...Read More

  • 17. Leisure Isle


    In the middle of the Knysna lagoon, Leisure Isle has a few tiny strands of beach but is essentially a low-lying island populated with vacation...Read More

  • 18. Lookout Beach


    Traditionally one of Plettenberg Bay's most popular beaches, Lookout Beach underwent radical change in recent years after the beach was washed...Read More

  • 19. Monkeyland


    This refuge is houses abused and abandoned primates, most of which were once pets or laboratory animals. They now roam in a huge enclosed area...Read More

  • 20. Mons Ruber Estate


    This estate is named after the Red Hills that dominate the landscape and whose soil creates the perfect environment for growing grapes with...Read More

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