After a disappointing start to the day (being unable to visit the Cango Caves), we drove off towards Knysna, covering OUR bit of the famous ‘Garden Route’. The garden route is a picturesque stretch starting from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape and going upto Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The area has grown in popularity given its diverse topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities that one can indulge in. The entire route is dotted with lovely beaches while the inland offers views of breathtaking lagoons and lakes and rolling hills. Not surprisingly, tourists from SA as well as abroad flock to this area and December & January are extremely busy (one of the reasons we were staying in Oudtshoorn and not here – no accommodation available!). Bookings must be made way in advance or as I would suggest – visit some other time of the year when the beaches are not milling with crowds and the area is more peaceful and quiet, making it even more exquisite.
The drive from Oudtshoorn took us 1.5hrs, going through the lovely Oteniqua Mountains. The gentle curvy road gave us glimpses of the beautiful mist covered mountains as light rain fell, adding to the charm.
Enroute we crossed George (garden route’s largest city), Wilderness and Sedgefield. The latter two have some stunning beaches where we could only stop for a bit as our little four-legged Mia was only allowed there before 9am and after 5:30pm – a recent change in beach policies for the holiday season. Although a little disheartened, we drove on to Knysna but not before the hubby (a sucker for shopping – I call him the mall monkey for a reason!) had spotted a Saturday market in full swing in Wilderness. Only after being promised a visit to this market on our way back were we able to continue our journey.
In Knysna, we headed straight for lunch at the Knysna Riverside Lodge, overlooking the river & lagoon. Well satiated following a sumptuous meal of freshly caught sea-food, we drove around the town, taking in the languid pace of holiday makers and the towns folk alike, all out to have a good holiday season. Our aimless wanderings took us to Knysna Heads – a lookout point from where one can see the lagoon opening into the ocean, surrounded by sheer cliffs. Like every other place we had seen so far, this place was equally gorgeous if not more. Although we weren’t able to stay in Knysna during our trip, we were glad to have been able to spend the day there.
Mental note: visit again when less busy.
Another mental note: definitely stop at the Wilderness Saturday market – to avoid hubby’s wrath. The market had shut by the time we returned!
My previous posts on the road trip from Joburg to Cape Town can be found here: