Day 7: What to see on the Garden Route: Cape Agulhas, Hoop Nature Reserve
What to see on the Garden Route in South Africa
Known as one of the most beautiful routes in the country, the Garden Route or Garden Route is a road, in this case the N2, in its passage through the coastal area between Mossel Bay and the Tistsikamma National Park, in which in addition to the bays , the incredible white sand dunes and pristine beaches, highlight the forests of impressive trees that remain from the primary forest that existed between the Knysna and Wilderness areas.
Although technically as we mentioned before, the Garden Route begins in Mossel Bay, many travelers extend the route to Hermanus, thus making a route through many more interesting points and places to see in the Garden Route. Although there are many more, we recommend the following, which are the ones we will visit during the next three days that we will be in this area of the country before the end of the first stage of South Africa for free.
- Cabo Agulhas: Considered as the southernmost point in Africa, this place is not exactly on the Garden Route, although it is a must for a tour of the country, where you can also see the place where the warm current of Agulhas and the cold of Benguela.
- De Hoop: This impressive and emblematic reserve houses some of the most impressive landscapes we have seen in South Africa. Little known, we recommend you stop at least one morning or one afternoon to do some of its trails and if you are lucky, keep watching whales on the coast.
- Mossel Bay: In the western part of a wide bay is Mossel Bay, a summer resort, to which we have to confess, we do not find much charm, but it is a perfect stop to stretch your legs and have a drink in front of the sea.
- Wilderness: Known for its famous beach of 18 kilometers in length, this town without too much interest, is another of the perfect points to make a stop to eat and yes, enjoy the incredible views of the landscapes that surround it.
- Knysna - The Heads: Knysna is undoubtedly the most famous town to see on the Garden Route, although we, like the previous ones, have to say they don't seem essential. That said, we have to say that the landscapes that surround them are incredible and that the natural parks that we have not had the luck to visit and dot the area, we have read are impressive.
- Plettenberg Bay: Very popular and popular with locals, Pletterberg Bay is a small town where Lookout Beach stands out, more than 10 kilometers long and Keurbooms Beach, a virgin beach.
- Tsitsikamma: One of the most impressive nature reserves in South Africa, especially its famous path of suspension bridges.