The iconic Garden Route is world-renowned - offering holidaymakers everything from serene natural forests to magical adventures spiked with adrenaline.
If you've unaware of this amazing stretch of coastline, found between the Eastern and Western Cape - well where have you been?
Described by National Geographic as beautiful enough to "break your Instagram", the Garden Route's intrigue is peppered with the Big 7 of SA's animal kingdom, Nature's Valley, Knysna - which is bouncing back amazingly from the devastating fires earlier this year - as well as the likes of Mossel Bay and Sedgefield - all quaint spots that just demand you relax and unwind in the right way.
The Garden Route road trip that has all the makings of the ideal December break - if you haven't yet figured out where you'll be seeing in the new year - here are a few last-minute options that might just save you.
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You couldn't ask for a more tranquil place on earth to be in during the December holiday period. Sure there will be the buzz in the main parts of its key towns like Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay. However, immersing yourself in nature is so easy while here - think log cabins set out in the middle of the forest or in between mountainous stretches. If you're looking for scenic nature walks, roaming wildlife and water adventures, you've come to the right place
Where to Eat:
The holidays are not time to be on a diet, best of luck, your tried but now it's time for holiday gorging and deliciousness - and you're especially lucky if you're in the Garden Route with a wide range of options - You won't be able to get through this list without salivating. Take a look.
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Things to Do:
This is outdoor country, set your inner-body clock to the rhythm of sunrise and sunset. Rise early and make the most of it with some of these suggestions.
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