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  Garden Route Holiday Villas and Apartments

The Garden Route is one of South Africa's most popular destinations and a great remedy to the British winter. As its name implies it offers a wonderful travelling experience and some fabulous holiday towns. Whether you need a one bedroom apartment or a ten bedroom villa, we pride ourselves on finding our customers a special place to stay, so that your well earned holiday becomes a wonderful memory for many years to come.
From the west, the Garden Route officially starts just before Mossel Bay and ends after Plettenberg Bay in the east. The main destinations are:

  • Knysna with its peaceful lagoon and the dramatic coastline of Wilderness
  • Plettenberg Bay offering 'must be seen' long beaches fantastic whale viewing in season, dolphins and seals

Another favourite place of Fleewinter is Hermanus, the first major town after Cape Town heading out on the Garden Route.  A friendly and hospitable coastal resort famous for its whale watching in Overberg ‘sandwiched between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

For those that want to tour staying at different accommodations the choice is huge and the number of accommodations entirely up to you!  It is however possible to stay in 1 central location and use it as your base touring out by day excursions to see the sights and enjoy the area.  Depending on how active or inactive you want to be we will be pleased to guide you on where best might suite you. 

My rule up to 03 nights then its best to stay in boutique hotels, guest houses or bed and breakfasts of which the choice is endless, 03 nights and upwards then it nice to have a little more space and self-catering is more appealing.  However because of the locations and distances involved my recommendation is if flying into Cape Town is do a combination, tour staying in up to 2 different accommodations’ then make a base for the main part of the holiday possibly finishing up with another accommodation perhaps even a safari.

Living and or over-nighting is very simple, shopping, eating and drinking are experiences to be enjoyed!  The quality of produce is extremely high and portions generous.  Supermarkets are no different in the way they function to European supermarkets.  Produce however if you like doing the ‘normal living’ experience is fabulous, salads, vegetables and fruit are wonderful with a huge variety and flavours far better than we are used to.  You will be spoilt for choice with the different varieties of freshly baked breads as well as cheeses, dips etc..  There are full ranges of meats various different prepared styles (stuffed, skewered, diced, chops, steaks etc…) typically at a great selection already prepared and bathing in a selection of marinades ready for the braai (bbq).  Fish is best bought from a fish monger always worth checking at the docks of a harbour fishing village though you will find a small selection at the supermarkets.
The closest international airport is Cape Town, or else into Durban or Johannesburg and connecting flights to either George (western end of the Garden Route) or Port Elizabeth (east of the Garden Route).  Driving is a good option and certainly worth doing in one direction.  It’s a jolly long old way, ideally for me drive one way and flying the other is the best solution!  Fights typically start from £30 per person each way Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, George is more expensive and less choice of flights.

The airlines that fly direct from London to Cape Town are BA, South African Airways and Virgin all from Heathrow, Virgin only operate a direct service from late Oct to late Mar. The best starting place is British Airways as their website is the easiest to navigate. Another good option particularly if you want to avoid Heathrow is KLM with connections from many UK regional airports. A slightly longer route but with good connection is the Emirates service via Dubai. Flight prices often vary by many hundreds of pounds just by changing a date by one or two days and for this reason we don't have a fixed "change over" day and will try to fit in with your flights.

Driving there are 2 main routes, so you don’t need to do the same route in both directions if driving there and back.  The 2 key routes are
  • N2        most commonly know route is the N2 but for most of the way very dull with long bleak patches until George.  From George the N2 is a lovely route, in drive time terms though that’s a good 4 hours from Cape Town International Airport up the Garden Route.
  • R62      the longest wine route in the world!  This route is lovely taking in the Klein Karoo (semi desert) and offering views of the Red Mountains.
My preferred route relatively quick way up the Garden Route and firm favourite with my regular and first time customers is to combine the N2 and R62.  R62 all the way to Oudtshoorn and then coming out towards the coast to pick up the N2.  However if you are have time to do some touring this route changes depending on the locations visited.  As well as offering a single destination holiday we can also help you if you'd like to do a tour of the Garden Route, with a planned itinerary taking in all the sights, planned overnight stays and a hire car or even a vehicle with driver/guide if you require this too.
A key factor to consider is the Southern Right Whale season which commences in May but you could be lucky as early as April and goes through to November.  The Southern Rights come to the Indian Ocean coastal waters to mate and then breed.  Plettenberg Bay is my favourite location to on the Garden Route especially during that time of year.  It is a fantastic place to see these gentle giants ‘show boating’, Keurbooms Beach (eastern side of bay) is a popular location for the expectant mother whales to calve in the shallower waters, they need to flip the baby up to the service for it’s first breath. 

Spring (Sep, Oct & Nov) taking in the whale season and the fabulous colours of the Garden Route has to be one of the best times of year.  Another bonus is that this is also a stunning time to see the calves, cubs and kittens if you are taking in a safari as well.  However February is the most popular month for regular customers that take a month in the Garden Route.

Out of season has its benefits in that this is a very lush time of year so the colours again are still good and the Southern Right Whales are in full season.  South Africa wintery weather does not last long, more often than not their winter is better than a UK summer with some stunning temperatures.
Renting a car is really essential and not to be feared, driving is on the left and an excellent road network it couldn't be easier. We have deals with local car hire firms and will be happy to get a quote for you.  We do recommend however that zero or full excess is taken out as car hire firms can charge for the smallest scratch and often parking is accessed and on direct rather than metalled surfaces.  National parks enable self drive vehicles access on metalled surfaces.

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  Our Favourites
GPL075 - Shore - Stunning modern upstairs 1 bedroom apartment in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The apartment enjoys spectacular ocean views with a generous sized terrace to appreciate them from. The nearest beach is Look-out beach
GPL378 - Evan E - Newly built 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom very up-market house in Plettenberg Bay with swimming pool and beautiful ocean, lagoon and mountain views from all bedrooms, living room and pool deck. Located within walking distance to the Market Square shopping centre.
GHM900 - La Petite Baleine - is a beautiful 2 bedroom villa on the cliffs just outside Hermanus. Amazing sea views and whale-watching from superb entertainment area and an infinity-edged private swimming pool.
 
 

 

 

 

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