Things to See and Do along the Garden Route
- Garden Route
Cango Ostrich Farm toursCango Ostrich Farm is located in the lush Cango Valley, 14Km (8.7 miles) outside of Oudtshoorn on the main route, towards the world famous Cango Caves - making it easy to find, and your trip more time efficient. Experience Cango Ostrich Farms culture with ensured personal attention, with a private eating venue and own Multi-lingual tour guide.
Cango Ostrich Farms environment is visitor and disabled friendly and is easily accessible. The farm's layout ensures shady conditions. The style ensures a 'hands-on' experience during your guided tour. Comprehensive and complete information regarding ostriches and the industry is offered.
Activities:Cango Ostrich Farms style and structural set up ensures a 'hands-on' experience. Comprehensive and complete information regarding the ostrich- and ostrich industry is offered.
Tour to the eggs, incubators and chicks (in season). Hug and kiss the super friendly female - Linda. Feed the ostriches by hand or sit on the Ostrich. And for the daring type, ride the Ostriches (within weight limits) and stand on the eggs (no weight restrictions).
Klein Karoo National Arts festival
An Annual gathering in March / April, of more than 100 000 lovers of the various arts, for a week of dancing, films, cabaret, classical music, comedy, contemporary music, open air concerts, plays, literary art & poetry. A momentous event, enjoying international sponsorship.
Rivers & Falls
Numerous rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the surrounding Swartberg, Outeniqua, Kamanassie mountain ranges. Waterfalls abound, and the visitor is fortunate to safely visit two examples at the Vrede and Meiringspoort falls.
A highly successful breeding station of this threatened species. . .one of the only two in the southern hemisphere. One of the foremost examples of Eco-tourism in the world and a superb mixture of conservation and tourism. You can get yourself photographed cuddling a cheetah cub, the fastest animal on land.
A bustling holiday embraced by a spectacular sun-washed peninsula and the warm Idian Ocean, lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. From Bat's Cave and the St. Blaize Lighthouse, waves crash against the rocky shoreline and the natural pool amongst the rocks - a delight at low tide. Whales, Dolphins and seals entertain onlookers for hours. Whilst relaxing on De Dakke Beach you can experience the carefree playing of Whales and Dolphins. Boat trips to Seal Island give you the best chance to spot Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Penguins.
Dolphin's Point, east end of the spectacular Kaaiman's Pass (part of the N2 highway), overlooks some 20km (12.4 miles) of beach and the bay. It's a breathtaking viewpoint from where Whales can often be seen swimming just behind the breakers.
Leentjies is at the west end of Sands Road, and Flat Rock Beach is below the Holiday Inn Garden Court. Both are much favoured for Whale and dolphin watching. Kleinkrans is 3Km (1.8 miles) to the east of Flat Rock Beach, Whales are often seen from the parking area, while the beach itself is easily accessible.
Knysna offers the viewer excellent opportunities for viewing these magnigicent seasonal visitors. The best viewing is from Brenton-on-Sea, either from next to the hotel or from the wooden boardwalk on the dunes of the new Brenton extension.
The huge rock promontories known as The Knysna Heads guarding the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon are the best-known viewpoint, offering an unfrogettable view of the rugged coastline and tranquil lagoon. Whales have even been known to enter the lagoon for some peace and quiet. To reach the Heads take the George Rex Drive from the N2 that runs through Knysna.
Plettenberg Bay compromises outstanding Whale watching facilities with ideal viewpoints along the coastline. The area between the wreck of the Athene and the Keurbooms River is especially favoured by the Southern Right Whales.
Robberg Peninsula, looms protectively over its nursery and provides a grandstand of incomparable beauty and viewing pleasure. Other Whale watching points are from Beachy Head Road at Robberg Beach, and Signal Hill. From the windows of the Beacon Isle viewers once witnessed the birth of a calf. This must be one of the most spectacular views sites, as well as from the Look-out Deck on Look-out Beach.
Areas in Robberg Nature Reserve, Signal Hill, the Beacon Isle, Look-out Deck, Look-out Beach and Harkerville also provide adequate viewing pleasure.