The Garden Route & Great Karoo
One of South Africa's least-understood destinations, the Garden Route on the south coast of South Africa runs along some of the most scenic stretches of coastlines from Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Storms River where landscapes ranges from dense coastal forests, to deep river gorges, fresh water lakes, beautiful shrubs and an incredible array of wildlife from the bush to the sea. The landlocked Great Karoo offers stark contrast to the coast with its semi-desert landscape and endless plains, one of Africa's most unique and arid zones with fascinating plant life that is reminiscent of desert-Andes in Latin America and home to some of the most adapted wildlife in South Africa.
Why the Garden Route & Great Karoo?
Commendable efforts from conservationists have recovered and reintroduced wildlife back into the Great Karoo where cape lions were once extinct. The beautiful semi-arid region is now home to a thriving population of mammals including cheetahs, elephants, lions, buffaloes, the endangered black rhino, the mysterious aardvark, giraffes, warthogs, wildebeest, zebras, springboks, oryx, ostrich and more. To the coast, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is home to one of the largest marine migration in the world - the Sardine Run, which takes place between May and July, which attracts dolphins, cape fur seals, southern right whales to the area. Along the rugged bays are colonies of African penguins and at the top of the food chain, the apex predator that is the Great White Shark reigns the sea as the "leader" of the marine Big Five.