I had some days left in South Africa so I decided to do the garden route with my rented car.
I took the N2 from Sommerset West where I was staying in direction of Port Elizabeth. My plan was to make it all the way to Jeffrey’s Bay and then come back through the R60 route.
The first night I stayed in Mossel bay. I was tired from driving so I got a nice 4 star hotel to stay in. The hotel was really great and had a very good view of the bay being situated in a high area.
Next day took off early and headed to Knysna which is not a long drive but it is a beautiful one. Knysna is a city by a big lake and the views are also very good. The city is quiet enough and there is a waterfront with some good restaurants.
As usual I got to bed early and woke up early so I headed to Jeffrey’s which was about 170km. Jeffrey’s Bay is a seaside town known for its surfing waves and dolphin sightings. this time I stayed at a backpackers and went for a nice dinner by the ocean on an artsy cafe.
Since time was running, the next day I set forth to get to Outdshoorn where I wanted to ride the ostriches and visit Cango Wildlife Ranch. Again I stayed in a Backpackers for the night and had an excellent dinner at a lodge nearby where they have a waterhole with some big catfish and hippos.
The next day I woke up early and went to the wildlife ranch where i saw the white tiger cubs and all the other animals including the so elusive leopard!
After that i decided to skip the ostrich riding and head down to Cape Town to finish my journey. Got there at around 7 in the evening and went to Table Mountain to watch the light tribute to Nelson Mandela.
The Garden Route had some amazing scenery and the roads are good so you can just take the car and relax along the way on many beautiful places.
There´s´something for everyone´s taste, from ostrich riding, to wildlife ranches, paragliding, surfing, wine tasting.