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Garden Route runs up the south-eastern Cape coast, incorporating Mossel Bay, Sedgefield, George, Knysna, Wilderness and Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay and Port Elizabeth. Aptly named, it's a veritable Eden. AfricanMecca guests can start their journey with an arrival at Cape Town or George International Airports and experience the entire length of the Garden Route either on a self-drive or guided vehicle making multiple stops on route depending on your preference. Pristine beaches, lakes, lagoons and forests combine with magnificent golf estates and cultural attractions. The Garden Route is also considered South Africa's adventure sports capital, it's a region sprinkled liberally with thrills like extreme bungee jumping, sea kayaking and treetop canopy tours. The Garden Route National Park spans an impressive 121 000 hectares and includes the existing Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks, the Knysna Lakes Area and about 52 000 hectares of newly-proclaimed land.

As one of the most important conservation areas in the country in terms of biodiversity and sheer natural beauty, it attracts large numbers of tourists, both local and from abroad. The Knysna estuary and Wilderness lake areas alone are rated number one and six respectively; and comprise 60 500 hectares of indigenous forest - the largest continuous complex of such forest in the country; and the fynbos of the Garden Route falls within the Cape Floral Region - a global diversity hotspot. The Garden Route National Park is so vast that it reaches across both the Eastern and Western Cape and offers tourist facilities and activities such as camping areas, chalets, hiking and mountain bike trails, forest trails, canoeing and diving, among others. West of Swellendam and north east of Heidelberg lies a large area of wilderness known as Boosmansbos (angry man's bush), reputedly named after a hermit who lived there early in the 19th century and who scared away anyone who came close to his beehives.

The 14 000 hectare Boosmansbos Wilderness Area lies in the sprawling Langeberg Mountains and forms part of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve; a hiker's paradise. Grootberg is the highest peak in Boosmansbos at 1 637 metres, and as the wilderness area has remained fairly untouched by humans, the 70 kilometres of footpaths and roads are virtually uninhabited and allows one an uninterrupted commune with nature. The forest is what remains of an old indigenous kloof forest within Cape montane fynbos set on the slopes of Grootberg. Stinkwood, yellowwood, Cape holly, red alder and beech grow side-by-side with white alder and candlewood trees, and, if you're a tree-spotter, there is a section of mountain cypress - one of few indigenous softwoods in the country - growing on a neighboring ridge. All the above included, the Garden Route remains as one of South Africa's most diverse, beautiful and superb visitor experiences.


What are our Customers saying about our safari holidays?

  • On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
    Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
  • Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
    Thomas Kelch - California, United States
  • Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
    Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
  • I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
    Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
  • Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements. It was a trip filled with different kinds of adventures. We experienced and learned so much. Would highly recommend it to others who are interested in similar trips. Wishing you the very best.
    Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
  • Thank you for everything; we had an amazing honeymoon. Words really can't describe our experience, all we can really say was that it was the most amazing experience of our lives and we would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone. We hope to visit Africa again sometime next year! Thank you & all of your staff for an amazing & perfect honeymoon.
    Rick Sagoo - London, United Kingdom


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