The Garden Route runs along the Western Cape coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and is so called because of its abundant plant life. Grootbos Nature Reserve alone has more than 750 species of Fynbos. The Garden Route are nestled between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests offer hiking trails and various eco-tourism activities. Almost 300 species of bird are found in a diversity of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and numerous other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right and Humpback Whales which come there to calve from July to December.
The Garden Route has an oceanic climate, with tranquil to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Garden Route has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world after Hawaii. Temperatures hardly ever fall below 10°C in winter and seldom climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in spring, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast. Summers are perfect for the beach and in the winter months it is normally warm and sunny during the day and a little chilly at night ideal to curl up around a log fire.
Oysters are King
Each July Knysna boasts with its annual Oyster Festival. Therefore, oysters, fresh line fish and shellfish feature prominently on most restaurant menus. The farms of the Little Karoo provide fresh ostrich meat and organic mutton or lamb. Many vineyards are also found along the Garden Route and definitely worth to visit. Walker Bay and Elgin along the Whale Route are renowned for their Sauvignon Blancs, while Route 62 is well known for producing some excellent brandies and ports.
The Garden Route is home to many natural wonders including the Cango Caves, the Knysna Heads and some of the most beautiful and magnificent mountain passes in the country. The landscapes range from Karoo scrub land to thriving coastal forests.
Whether you are into surfing, bungee jumping or just sunbathing on the beach, the Garden Route has something for everybody. It is a great place to take the family with attractions such as Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Canopy Tours in the Tsitsikamma Forest.
Brenton-on-Sea is a quaint town on the South-Eastern coast of the Garden Route. This beautiful and majestic town offers houses and vacant land for those who wish to move closer to the beach. Would you like to stay in South Africa’s Most Awesome Garden Route?
Contact the one and only remarkable Estate Agent in Brenton-on-Sea, Sophie Joubert, today on 082 572 2729 to buy or build your next home!!