Garden Route offers glimpse of South Africa

22nd Apr 2013

Stretching 150 miles along the Western Cape coastline, South Africa's scenic Garden Route really is an adventure sure to capture the imagination.

Boasting deserted sandy beaches, sheltered lagoons, bush land and mountain passes, the route is a spectacular display of natural beauty.

Although you can cover the distance in a day, holidaymakers travelling the well-trodden path are advised by the Daily Mail's Philip Steele to take their time and soak up the breathtaking scenery.

He recommends stopping in a place such as Mossel Bay or Plettenberg Bay, for its golden beaches, or Knysna, voted South Africa's best small town, and doing a bit of exploring.

The region is a Unesco World Heritage Site, with blooms for every season and dazzling birds to go with them. It's also one of the best places in the world to watch whales and dolphins, particularly at Robberg Beach and Plettenberg Bay.

Travellers can get up close and personal with rescued elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park, which was born out of the sad memory of the hundreds of elephants that used to wander coastal forests in the area.

Fancy getting a better view of the Garden Route? Then why not abseil or paraglide around the town of Wilderness or skydive at Mossel Bay.

Daredevils can also take on the Bloukrans Bridge bungee jump at Tsitsikamma, from one of the world's tallest single-span arch bridges that is 650ft above the river.

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