The route from Kareedouw to our next stop just outside Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route - epitomizes the natural beauty intrinsic to this area. With Mountain fynbos, proteas, erica's, watsonia's, forest and ravine vegetation glimpsed from our vehicle windows - the urgency to get to our destination for the next five nights becomes paramount.
We base ourselves on a protected stretch of land - a floodplain next to the winding Bitou River that comes close to resembling the Okavango Delta, in a Camp engineered by Biomimicry specialists that gives us a taste of true off the grid living - where bushbuck and kingfishers live side by side and the constant lap of water is the only sound for miles around. The campsites are privately appointed under the Milkwood trees with bucket showers, comfy beds and access to a host of activities for our unlimited use - kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, Fat Bikes and of course river swimming which is safe! With several Blue Flag beaches and spectacular hiking trails, there is no shortage of adventure activities to keep us busy.
With access to a private concession in the deep Knysna Forest we immerse ourselves in a half day experience slowly exploring the forest with our guide in our vehicles - a slow, cultural journey into the history, the legends and myths and giant trees that inhabit this very special place.
Nearby and close to the edge of the Forest is the little town of Knysna. The most prominent feature is the lagoon and the Knysna Heads that seperate the lagoon from the sea beyond - it is here we come to grips with a snorkelling experience along the Heads. There are plenty of exciting adrenalin filled activites to keep one busy but if resting and working on your tan is more your style - the beaches in Plett are one of a kind.
Plettenberg Bay is also one of the most scenic of the Western’s Cape’s wine routes. Vineyards sprawl on the slopes of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and border thick, impenetrable forests, coupled with sparkling oceanic vistas. This is also one of the youngest wine region in South Africa. Our location just outside Plett is ideal for easy access to wine tasting which lies in the middle of the route between the Crags and Harkerville.
Surrounded by the Tsiksikamma, Outeniqua and Langkloof Mountains we drive back in time along one of the great historic mountain passes carved into the rock of the Cape Fold Belt. These old trade routes linking the coast and the valleys are covererd in thick indigenous forest, rocky inclines and beautiful views that stretch far into the ocean.
The Garden Route is quite simply one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, a place of glorious natural beauty.