The more than 300 kilometers of coastal road from Cape Town, South Africa to Port Elizabeth is called the “Garden Route”, which is one of the most well-known self-driving routes in the world. It is located at the southernmost tip of the African continent and is considered to be the most beautiful area in South Africa. . The “Garden Route” winds its way between the Cape Mountains and the Indian Ocean, and passes through several national parks. There are mountains, beaches, lakes, lagoons, forests, etc. along the “Garden Route”, you can see the “Big Five” in Africa up close “Beasts”-African lions, African leopards, African elephants, black rhinos and African buffalo, can do extreme sports and surfing. From hiking in the mountains to whale watching at sea, from exploring ancient caves to wandering deserted white sand beaches, such amazing road trips are full of surprises.
Come to the world’s highest bridge bungee
From the perspective of drone aerial photography, one side of the Garden Avenue is the continuous stretch of Qiqikama and Otniqua Mountains, lush primitive forests, and the other side are uneven coast cliffs and blue sea and silver beaches. The magnificent scenery and the bright sunshine of South Africa make this picture suitable for the cover of a travel magazine.
Tsitsikamma National Park is a famous attraction on Garden Route. The park is located right next to the sea and in the pristine wilderness along the coast, there are several best hiking trails. The most famous of these is the Otter Trail, which has strangely shaped coastal rocks along the way. Through the dense woods, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the shoreline and the small antelope jumping in the mountains.
In Tsitsikamma National Park, the storm river flows down from the mountains. Because the mountains are very close to the coastline, the storm river is almost vertically poured into the sea. At the estuary of the storm, there is a camping site with many RV stops, and it is also the starting point for hiking paths such as the Otter Trail and Dolphin Trail.
After half an hour walking on the mountain path, you can see the Storm River suspension bridge. This suspension bridge spans more than 70 meters, but it is not swaying and strong enough. It hangs above the canyon, with a torrent of rapids underneath. The water of the Storm River meets the Indian Ocean here. When people stand on this bridge, 7 meters below is a rapids vortex, on one side is a towering canyon, and on the other is a vast sea, letting people feel the shocking power of nature.
In the Tsitsikamma National Park, there is also the Blau Krones Bridge. The arch bridge over 450 meters in length is very spectacular. It spans the beautiful Brock Krones Valley. Here is the world’s tallest bridge bungee jumping 216 meters high.
Since the bungee jump is located above the arched bridge hole below the bridge, the bungee jumper needs to walk there. This is a long hallway. Underneath it is a hollow wire fence. Fortunately, both sides of the hallway are enclosed by barbed wire. Even so, it still challenges the courage of the bungee jumper. Many bungee jumpers got weak under their bridges.
Get up close with wildlife
There are many opportunities to get up close and personal with wildlife along the Garden Route. Visitors can find the footprints of Africa’s “big five beasts” in the wilderness by safari vehicles in national parks and animal reserves.
Addo Elephant National Park, located near Port Elizabeth, is the third largest wildlife park in South Africa. It has more than 600 elephants and other animals. The park now has more than 1,000 kinds of animals. Currently, Addo Elephant National Park also includes nearby marine reserves. The expansion will make Addo Elephant National Park the only habitat to accommodate Africa’s “Big Seven” animals (elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalos, leopards, whales, and great white sharks). There are several elephant sanctuaries near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Visitors can touch and feed elephants. Walking with elephants is a classic project, and tourists take elephant noses to stroll through the jungle.
In addition, the small town of Ozhun near Cape Town is the famous ostrich capital, with more than 90% of South Africa’s ostrich farming. On the local ostrich farm, visitors can see thousands of ostriches gather together and can ride ostriches. Here, there are also very attractive ostrich competitions that make people feel the speed of ostriches.
Cape Town and Port Elizabeth at the ends of Garden Route are two different cities. With Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, and many wineries, Cape Town is South Africa’s “Mother City” and is often rated as one of the best tourist cities in the world. Port Elizabeth is a vibrant port city. There are a number of small towns on Garden Avenue, including historically marked Mossel Bay, George Town, and pleasant towns such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
Knysna is a European-style seaside town and one of the most characteristic small cities on Garden Route. The Knysna River flows into the sea from here, but here forms a huge lagoon, and then flows into the sea between two narrow headlands. The east and west headlands have a certain height, and people drive up to the headland to overlook the entire town and the lagoon. The beautiful scenery of the Mid-Levels Lagoon is on one side, the surging Indian Ocean, and on the other, the beautiful lagoon scenery. There are high mountains, Pinghu lakes, quiet towns and rolling seas. No wonder Knysna is called “South Africa Switzerland”.
The recommended time for a self-driving tour of Garden Avenue is 3 to 14 days. The best season is summer in the southern hemisphere, that is, November to March. September and October are good seasons for whale watching.