Sleepy season along The Garden Route

South Africans love visiting The Garden Route over the festive season. But, for those who take the opportunity to experience some of the amazing winter specials on offer, The Garden Route during the sleepy seasons allows you to experience the charm without the frenetic pace.

The little town of Natures Valley, one of the few towns in the world situated right within a national park, is a deserted hamlet this time of year. During this time, the shy bushbuck venture out to graze on the roadside verges and in the late afternoon, water mongoose will pop their heads out the brush in the hope of something tasty left over from your lunchtime braai. Of course, Nature’s Valley, is not shy when it comes to dolling out kilometres of empty beaches and secret coves where you can stroll endlessly amongst spectacular scenery or rest a while in the shelter of the cliffs whilst you tune into the thudding pounding of the waves on the shoreline.

Venturing south to the charming town of Knysna where woolly cladded visitors stroll through Knysna Waterfront. Whatever the month, Knysna Waterfront always offers an authentic Garden Route experience with the mesmerizing reflections of the boats in the lagoon and interesting shops to browse. Knysna is also home to the Knysna Oyster Festival, for a brief few weeks in July, the town is abuzz with cyclists attending the sporting events, and old cultures of oyster shucking is revived.

All kiddies love trains, and a visit to the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George is the opportunity to get a close up glimpse of yesteryear technology.

The Garden Route has an extensive network of Trails and nature areas. The cooler months are perfect to explore the Wilderness area and Tsitsikamma Forests, or take a picnic in Gouna or The Lakes area.

So often we think of exotic overseas holidays being the ultimate breakaway from a stress-ridden life. However, with nature in our back garden, The Garden Route is an affordable, quality destination that punches well above its weight when compared with other countries.