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South Africa’s Garden Route: Skyscanner Staff Favourites

Described as the most beautiful region in the Western Cape of South Africa, if not the entire country, the Garden Route

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Why? For the weather, food, atmosphere and landscape. The Garden Route in South Africa is a highly scenic area of the south eastern coast; stretching from Mossel Bay to the Storms River mouth, the 200km route leads travellers through some of South Africa’s’ most beautiful beaches, lush temperate forests, rounded mountains and cool rivers, making it a great place to relax and explore.

Stay: Spend at least one night at Knysna (http://www.knysna.org/ ) and the beautiful Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (http://www.waterfront.co.za/ ) in Cape Town, which is the gateway to The Garden Route region.

Eat: South Africans are renowned for their carnivorous diet – so I recommend any form of meat, preferably the steaks. In South Africa all meat tastes like meat should taste – i.e. delicious, tender and perfectly cooked. I personally recommend Hildebrandt’s on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town’s harbour area – great food and great views.

Don’t Miss: Southern Right Whale spotting in Plettenberg Bay – they jump right out of the ocean and you can even see them from the beach, an absolutely incredible spectacle.

Do Miss: The drive into Cape Town; it’s hugely industrial and does detract slightly from the beauty of the surrounding the area – but it’s worth it once you get there.

Top Tip: On the Garden Route, stop at the Tsitsikamma Lodge – and stay in the incredible log cabins. Have a braai (bbq) on your first night and sample the local meats.

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