5 things that cannot be missed on the Garden Route
- By Indranil Dutta
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South Africa is a very unique destination filled with diverse natural beauty, unique wildlife and some unique adventure experiences. If you are planning a South Africa holiday, the incredible Journey along the Garden Route is a must do. You are sure to be mesmerized by the infinite shades of brown and green arising from the presence beautiful country houses, the large tracts of evergreen forests, spectacular bridges, incredible valleys and picturesque coastal towns. This Symphony of natural beauty gives the region its name.
Garden Route is a 750 Km. long stretch on the South Eastern Coast of South Africa, starting from Cape Town & Ending in Port Elizabeth. The temperature in this region remains mild & as it is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and mountains ranges. Whether you are on your family holiday or honeymoon, this region is sure to leave you overwhelmed with its beauty & the diverse experiences it has to offer.
1. Visit the Garden of the Garden Route: Tsitsikama National Park
Tsitsikama National Park is a stretch of 80 km in between the Nature’s Valley and Storms River. In the local dialect, Tsitsikama is translated to ‘clear water’ referring to the Tsitsikama River that meets the Indian Ocean in this area. Walking on the Suspension bridge located at the mouth of this river is the highlight of this Park. It is not only thrilling but also gives you amazing picture opportunities. You can also take some time to explore the various hiking trails in the park.
2. Experience Bungee Jumping from height of 216 Meter at the Bloukrans Bridge
You are an adventure enthusiast looking for thrill of your lifetime? Bungy Jumping from the Bloukrans Bridge is the thing for you. This Bridge offers the highest commercial bridge bungy jumping at a height of 216 Meters. You can also opt for the Bridge Walk which takes you to the bungee jumping spot on the bridge while walking on a glass platform.
3. Click a Selfie with an Ostrich at Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn
The Ostrich are the largest birds in the world & of the few birds that do cannot fly. They are natives of the African continent & Oudtshoorn is the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’. This place has a number of ostrich farms & experiencing a tour of one such farm is a must do. You have a chance to interact with Ostrich and with the experts who shares in depth knowledge about Ostriches. Also, you can see these amazing creatures run at a speed of 70 Km per hour.
4. Take an adventure tour of million year old Limestone formations at the Cango Caves
Cango Caves, located near Oudtshoorn, are one of the South Africa’s great natural wonder. It is a network of limestone caves that stretch for 4 Kms under the ground. You can opt for a Heritage tour that takes you past the major limestone formations like the Cleopatra’s needle, a 9 Meter high rock formation, or the Leaning tower of Pisa. These caves were discovered before 200 years & it is believed that one of the guides walked 29 hours to reach the end of the cave & he was 25 kms. away from the entrance at the end of his journey. You also have a chance to relive this guides experience by opting for the adventure tour that lets you crawl deeper into the cave, literally.
5. Experience Sky Diving from 10,000 feet!!
The fantasy of every person is to fly freely in air. In order to have your fantasy come true you can try your hand in Sky Diving at Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay sky diving offers amazing view from the top.
So you wish to have the incredible experiences while visiting the unique Garden Route of South Africa, then check out our South Africa Tour Packages.