A region rich in culture, natural beauty, adventure, fauna and flora the Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo has much to offer visitors.
Culture and Heritage
Explore Xhosa culture at Ma Betty’s Xhosa Cultural Experience in Oudtshoorn, or Khoi culture at the Khoi Village in Mossel Bay; sign up for some ‘good lovin’ on a tour of Knysna’s Rastafarian Township; check out Barry’s Church built in 1852 in Witsand and visit Mossel Bay’s Dias Museum Complex, which consists of four different museums and five heritage sites.
With attractions too plentiful to put to paper, here are a few choice highlights:
• Oudtshoorn’s Cango Caves, dating back to about 4500 million years ago is a series of dripstone caverns that open into some of the world’s biggest stalagmite formations.
•Discover the Knysna Heads acting as a gateway from the Knysna Lagoon into the Indian Ocean
• The Outeniqua Nature Reserve near George is host to a variety of animals such as klipspringer, grey rhebuck and leopards as well as black eagles, and the Cape sugarbird.
• Birds of Eden in Knysna is home to over 3000 birds from 220 different species housed in a unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest), which spans over a gorge of indigenous forest.
• Ostrich Show Farms and Ostrich Palaces in Oudtshoorn – Go ostrich riding and satisfy your inner shopaholic by laying your hands on the finest ostrich products.
• Aardvark Nature Reserve is a proclaimed Biodiversity Agreement Conservation Area (CapeNature) in Riversdale.
Adventure & Sports
The Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo is an adventure, sport and eco lover’s paradise.
• Adrenalin junkies can head straight to the Bloukrans Bridge for the largest commercial bungee jump in the world and hurl themselves into 216 meters of oblivion.
• Heed your calling and set out on one of the world’s finest hiking trails, the Otter trail along the Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo, or discover world heritage sites, rock art and fossils while hiking the Swartberg Mountains.
• Go horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking or 4x4ing in the Oudtshoorn and De Rust region.
• The diving in Mossel Bay is good, as is the surfing, sea kayaking and canoeing in Knysna.
• Flower lovers and birdwatchers will have a field day traipsing through forests and fynbos.
• Take to the sky for some tandem skydiving and paragliding in Wilderness, George and Knysna.
• Visit Stilbaai, Witsand and Plettenberg Bay between May and November for some of the world’s best whale watching sites.
• Look fear in the face and go Shark cage diving in Mossel Bay, or crocodile cage diving in Oudtshoorn
• Golf enthusiasts can choose from scores of golf courses in George, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield, Mossel Bay, Riversdale, Stilbaai and Uniondale.
Health & Wellness
If all this talk of sport and adventure is too taxing then book yourself into one of the region’s many wellness centres and spas and enjoy a few pampering hours of ‘me’ time.
Dining and Entertainment
The food and wine options along the Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo are exciting and diverse. You could feast on fresh oysters on the Knysna lagoon, or enjoy a healthy ostrich steak in Oudtshoorn. Also be sure to check out Route 62 in the Klein Karoo, reputedly the longest wine route in the world.