THE GARDEN ROUTE: SOUTH AFRICAS' FAMOUS TOUR


South Africa.

Epic driving. Starting in Cape Town with wine routes, out via the Hermanus whales, on to Stilbaai, (yes, Gin), Gansbaai, Cape Agulhas,

Bredasdorp, and way on up to Wilderness and Plettenberg Bay.

That’s the point.

It’s epic.


David Dodds brings you a guided tour from the air of some unmissable hotspots,

many of which go unexamined without this aerial vantage point.

A feature coming soon will host the Garden Route tour out from Cape Town,

but in the meantime, enjoy researching, and making the most of a visit to this area.

It must be said that this kind of image doesn't come up as an opportunity very often. From a helicopter briefed to go reasonably slowly anyway, it was an absolute flook, if 40 years of experience and countless flights qualifies one as an accidental tourist, but even so, lucky to be watching ahead. I only got off two frames.

Buffalo Bay in the Goukamma Marine Reserve.

But I digress.

Let's start as the helicopter leaves from George airport, highlighting its status as an area golfing mecca, with 3 Gary Player courses at Fancourt, and right over Ernie Els's Oubaai Golf Estate by Herold's Bay.

Fancourt, a stay in luxury for golfing, food, family facilities and the essential Spa time.

The Ernie Els Oubaai Golf Estate

Breakwater Bay Eco-estate

Victoria Bay, the quaint hideaway..

The scenic Kaaimans river railway bridge, on the road out of George. It is defunct as a scenic rail line after flood rock falls, but is under long term consideration for rejuvenation.

Beautiful hide-aways and accommodation in Sedgefield..

Views around Wilderness, with para sailing, para gliding and very long beaches..

Buffalo Bay, not far from Knysna

This is the aforementioned outcrop near Buffalo Bay where I thought a picture opportunity was looming on the corner where it juts out into the sea, and yes, the door was off on the helicopter, which does make the whole process more entertaining..

popular beach facilities

approaching the spectacular clifftops of Knysna Heads, and on round into Knysna itself..

The popular Thesen Island, a succesful Estate development in Knysna lagoon.

Town centre in Knysna, with great restaurants and yachting facilities

Knoetzie Beach, which hosts its own castle and exclusive houses in a very private area..

First sight of Plettenberg Bay, with the popular hiking trail onto Roberg Island in the foreground.

The epicentre of Plettenberg Bay hosts the well known Beacon Island Hotel, great beach facilities and a myriad of highly regarded restaurants..

a viewing into the centre of George