The Garden Route is probably in the Top Five places known or gone to by tourists in South Africa. The route is made up of towns, national parks and reserves, hiking trails, rivers, beaches, the ocean, paved highways and roads and dirt tracks, and more. It begins in Mossel Bay and continues to Tsitsikamma Park and includes the towns of Wilderness (4 nights), Knysna (2 nights) and Storm River Camp (1 night).
We began our stay in Knysna. The Booking.com I chose was not by far my best lodging choice I have made in the last half dozen years. Making a quick check of the 60 Airbnb and 40 Booking.com (includes apartments, guest houses and hotels) this is the lowest rating – a 3 out of 10 – that I have given any place we have stayed. We booked for four nights and left after two. Not everything goes as well as it is planned in my head.
We left our Airbnb and drove down the hill to have breakfast at East Head Café. The café overlooks the ocean and the food was very good. Good enough that we had breakfast at the café the following day.
We were headed towards Robberg Nature Reserve but first we came to a detour. The officer explained to us that there was a civil protest ahead blocking the road. OK, so we drove through the community of Plettenberg Bay. As we drove by very pretty landscaped houses it didn’t take long to understand why Plettenberg Bay, population of close to 40,000, is consider a resort city.
The Nature Reserve has three different trails of varying lengths: 1) The Gap 2.1km, 2) Witsand 5.5 km and The Point 9.2 km/5.5 miles. We opted for The Point trail.