see + do
Garden Route see + do
Driving through the Garden Route is the only way to appreciate its overwhelming scenic variety, from remote beaches to interlinking lakes, mist-shrouded valleys to wildlife-packed parks. On the main N2 highway or its arteries, you can stop for a forest hike or a whale-watching trip, snack at a food market, or go bungee-jumping. Many travelers fly to Port Elizabeth and spend four or five days moseying along the Garden Route to reach Cape Town (or vice versa). The must-stops along the way are Plettenberg Bay (a.k.a. Plett), which has the glitz and money, and the lagoon-side Knysna, which, though beachless, is more down to earth. The legendary elephants of Knysna were hunted to the point of extinction long ago, but some are said to still live in the forests. The elephants you will see at some of the numerous "wildlife sanctuaries" now littering the Garden Route are not from the area. For wildlife in wilder surroundings, go instead to the game reserves of the Eastern Cape like the Gorah Elephant Camp.