Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Safari in South Africa - 7 Must Do Activities On The Famous Garden Route

Safari in South Africa and you may well want to include in your itinerary other parts of this magnificent country. You ve heard of the Garden Route, but you are not much into gardens, so what does this famous part of South Africa offer the visitor? The Garden Route stretches from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape down to Cape Town in the Western Cape, some 800 plus kilometres of spectacular coastline. Contrary to its name it is not all about gardens, but about wonderful scenery rich in variety and includes many diverse activities. Here, in no particular order are just 7 of the most popular activities you will find to make your safari in South Africa one of the best you ll ever take. 1. Stay at one of the many malaria-free game lodges for your safari in South Africa. See the Big 5 game in spectacular surroundings, some of which are a stones throw from the magnificent golden sands of the Indian Ocean. 2. Discover the splendour of the Tsitsikama Forest. Take a hike through the beauty of this indigenous forest. Perhaps take a treetop canopy tour or spend some time on the Otter Trail. 3. Not only is the above-ground loveliness of the Garden Route open for exploration, but the underground caves at Cango are a must! Known to man since the early Stone Age, these caves are more than just stalactites and stalagmites and at a steady warm temperature are a pleasure to visit even on the hottest day. 4. Take a safari journey on the Outeniqua Choo-Choo! Clinging to the coastline from George to Knysna, this steam train is one of the best attractions of the Garden Route. Chugging across the Knysna lagoon, into the lush green valleys and sheer cliffsides on its voyage, a window seat captures the excitement to its fullest. 5. Traverse the hair-pin bends down to Nature s Valley where the river forms a dark water lagoon which escapes over the wide sandy beach towards the sea and we are sure you will agree with us that its name is perfect! 6. Head to the hills to find them thur Gold . The gold rush started in the hills behind Knysna before finding its feet in Kimberley and Johannesburg. A very unlikely place to have spawned an industry which now dictates so much of our lives, but you can marvel at how they found the gold and then extracted it on this fascinating tour. 7. After all the excitement, head for Knoetsie Beach. Hidden away off the beaten track, travel through the forest to make the climb down to this heavenly beach where the ocean thunders onto the beach, overlooked by three castles. Check out the peace and tranquillity, even in high summer you ll find only a handful of people sharing your idyll. I invite you to use these tips to make the most of your safari in South Africa and on the Garden Route. And With your permission, I d like to offer you free access to my short report, 9 Surefire ways to have the Safari in South Africa you always wanted . You can download it by going to From Helen Palmer - The Exclusive Vacations Guide

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