When doing various Garden Route Bus Tours, you will learn from you Tour Guide that the first visitors to South Africa landed at Mossel Bay and were greeted with a hail of stones as the locals, who feared for the lives, tried to drive away the white men in their floating trees (boats).
You can rest assured that today, the locals in Mossel Bay and other Garden Route towns have a much improved sense of hospitality.
This stretch – which begins in Heidelberg in the Western Cape and ends at the Storms River Bridge in the Eastern Cape – runs along the N2 highway and includes the beautiful towns of Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Knysna and George – the area’s ‘capital’.
With Mossel Bay located pretty much exactly halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (and nearby Addo Elephant Park), it’s the perfect stopping-off point, when you charter bus transportation for a Garden Route tour.
If you’re looking for a mild climate, bear in mind that the area has the mildest climate in the entire country – and the second mildest in the world, after Hawaii. It is no surprise then that the area is a popular holiday destination for South Africans themselves – what with its stunning beaches, forests, lagoons and mountains.
Of course, it’s not just about lying on the beach, there’s plenty to see and do. There is rock art to see – painted by the indigenous San people – some said to be 27,000 years old, museums and monuments – the Slave Tree (George) and Post Office Tree (Mossel Bay) and world-class golf courses – the most well known of which is Fancourt in George, which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2003.
If you’re feeling adventurous, The Garden Route is home to the worlds highest bridge bungy jump, at the Bloukrans River Bridge.
All of which is bound to make this part of your South African visit a memorable one. We operate a number of Garden Route bus tours every year for Groups ranging from small ( 7 > 21 Passengers ) to medium and large groups ( 22 > 52 Passengers ). We look forward to being of service to you for next Tour to the Western Cape.