The Garden Route is South Africa’s Garden of Eden, a combination of long, deserted beaches and tranquil lagoons, lush green forests and mountain ranges. Stretching from the Slang River near Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River, the Garden Route is a narrow temperate zone, wedged between the mountains and the sea, and contains a variety of interesting heritage attractions. One of these is the fascinating Dias Museum complex, housing the Post Office Tree, Maritime and Shell Museums.
The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, set in the foothills of the majestic Swartberg Mountains, comprise a series of caverns extending 5km into the mountain. Plettenberg Bay has a number of strongly contrasting threads woven into its history, from the “strandlopers” to the Portuguese explorers of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, to the early Dutch and British settlers.