From Plettenberg Bay’s Cathedral Rock westwards to Sedgefield.
Beautiful ancient forests, fynbos covered areas and to die for beaches and coastal vistas but this section of the route is also the most developed.
In this section of the Garden Route, there is a seductive combination of first world amenities and unspoiled, untamed wild areas.
Craft gin is made here and there is an outstanding family run winery to visit.
The towns of Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville, Knysna and Sedgefield fall into this area. Each is very different but all have lovely scenery, a thriving art culture and there is lots to do.
Plett, as it is known, is famous for utterly beautiful clean beaches and more recently it has developed a cafe culture. There are great shopping choices for all tastes. It is trendy, loved by the Gauteng well heeled set and well developed in a holiday town way. The peak holiday season sets Plett abuzz with entertainment and many choices of cocktail bars. Some of the luxurious villas on the hillside are only used for the week or two of Christmas/New Year holidays. The town is built on the hillside making views of the bay great for Southern Right Whale spotting from June to November and Humpbacks from August to December/January. Close to town on a small peninsula is the beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve and it should not be missed. We recommend some superb places to stay.
Harkerville is tiny with a small weekly craft market and good hiking and MTB trails.
Knysna, famed for its annual Oyster Festival, has changed due to uncontrolled shanty town spread but Theussen Island, Leisure Isle and parts of the town are great. It is an incredibly attractive location with the dramatic Heads, massive sandstone cliffs creating a narrow sea entrance and a lovely haven for boats and water sports in the warmer lagoon. There are some excellent galleries and we take you to an artist owned gallery and yummy art cafe. Knysna is an old town and if you visit the antique shops, you can take a bit of African history home. Knysna is also home to a famed bakery. Eating fresh oysters or wonderful seafood is part of Knysna culture. All around is golf territory and there are many choices of where to play.
Sedgefield has kept the feel of a small coastal town with lovely beaches, lagoon and meandering river. They are proud to be a “Slow Town”. Look out for the mosaics as you enter and move around the town. Eating at the various small places gives a real feel for this town and its warm residents. It is great for hiking and don’t miss the Moonlight Meander or the weekly craft market. Sedgefield itself is bordered by a series of parallel fossil sand dunes which are the highest in South Africa. The start of this series is west of Sedgefield near Kaaimans River and these sand dunes extend all the way east of Sedgefield at Brenton on Sea. Beneath the sea the ridges extend south, forming a series of reefs renowned for their sea life. It means that exploring rock pools here is particularly worthwhile.
There are more options coming, but enjoy what we have chosen for you so far.
Robberg Nature Reserve
Newstead Lund Family Vineyard
A 2 Zebra Adventures: Night Adventures of Nature and The Stars.
Robert Leggatt- Sculptor in studio
Sheila Cooper-Collins -Artist in studio
Art on Queen-Gallery and Cafe
Belvidere Holy Trinity Church
Garden Route Trail
Fynbos on Sea Activity Centre
Thesen Island Kayaks
Le Fournil de Plett
Ile de Pain
Muse Fusion Food
Oysters R Us
Rosie’s Steak Bar
Fynbos on Sea Activity Centre
Knysna Gin Distillery and Cocktail Bar
Tsala Treetop Lodge*****
The Lofts Boutique Hotel****
Bitou River Lodge****
Hunters Country House*****
Bollard Bay House ****
Bos en See self catering
Simbavati Fynbos on Sea****