South Africa's Garden Route is one of the most-traveled, most popular and most scenic stretches of highway in the country. Travelers from around the world venture to this strip of blacktop every year to gain easy access to stunning scenery, diverse wildlife, incredible culture and non-stop adventure.
Travelers have two main driving options—the N2 official Garden Route and the inland Route 62. Both offer a well-paved road and regular petrol stops, but visitors say Route 62 is home to more scenic landscapes that are worth navigating the two-lane road for. Wilderness proves a popular stop for travelers looking for adrenaline pumping adventure, while the towns of Knysna, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn prove ideal for getting in touch with South African culture and wildlife.
While a drive on the Garden Route is worth the trip most any time of year, visitors warn roads around Plattenberg Bay tend to back up during school holidays in December and January. Known as the “Festive Season”, the vibe along South Africa’s coastal route shifts from a relaxing escape to a non-stop party as locals embark on a month-long celebration. Travelers looking to whale watch do well around peak season, from July to October.