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Taste of Garden Route

I would love some advice. We are hiring a car in Cape Town after staying there for 4 nights. I have booked a hotel for one night in Gansbaii to see the whales, 2 nights in Wilderness and then 2 nights in Stellenbosch. We then fly to Madikwe for a bit of a safari. 

We are looking for a route between Gansbaai and Wilderness and then Wilderness and Stellenbosch which would provide us with the best scenery, picturesque places to stop and eat without feeling that we're rushing it. I appreciate that we are only getting a taster of the Garden route. That's fine .... we'll just have to come back again. 

We are 2 couples who enjoy nature, wine and taking it easy. (I.e. Not looking for action and adventure.) 

Thanks to anyone who can help.

1 Answer

answered first by
David from Cape Town

I would suggest generally sticking to the main highway, which for GansbaaiGansbaai to WildernessWilderness would be the N2.  A nice detour off that route for a walk in an awesome area would be to Montague.  Also in the area, and my favourite is Greyton.

There is no shortage of wine farms in StellenboschStellenbosch, but I would recommend the wine tour in FranschhoekFranschoek (they do a tour from the town center which is very well set up and stunning farms)

Wilderness is a great decision - small town, but lots to do.  Go see "map of Africa", nice drive up there.  There is a coffee shop in the town, across the road from the "main" shopping center.. cant remember the name.. but its hippi'ish, and one of the best coffee shops I know of.

Its a bit far off the track, but from Wilderness its nice to go to Birds of Edenin Plett to see the Avary and Monkeyland (  Well worth it! My favourite was to see a flock of parrots, and walk around with monkeys jumping over your head!

Hope this helps.

If you have not booked a car, you are welcome to get a quote from us (Wise Wheels Car Rental), or if you want a bigger car, try South Africa Car Hire .com

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gansbaai (attraction)
  2. Wilderness (city)
  3. Stellenbosch (city)
  4. Franschhoek (attraction)
  5. Birds of Eden (attraction)
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