Welcome to the Garden Route. I meet many people who have heard about the Garden Route but not exactly sure what to expect.  So I will try to build a picture for you. the Graden route is a stretch of coastline on the Indian Ocean from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth. The most central point is a town called Knysna, probably one of the biggest towns in the area.  I live in Sedgefield a small village 15 kms towards George from Knysna. The best way to desctribe the area for those of you who live in the UK, is the Lake District, beautiful fynbos covered mountains surrounded by natural lakes and lagoons, fringed by miles of white sandy beaches protected by natural living sand dunes. Village life is simple, the famous Choo Choo (Quintiniqua Express) stops in Sedgefield twice a day on route to or from Knysna or George. The station becomes full of tourists who queue to buy the home made pies every day.  At the end of the viallage every Saturday morning from 07:30am the Wild Oats Market becomes the hive of activity, a jazz band meets shopppers at the entrance, and a local singer serenades you as you browse the stalls of fresh local produce. Whether you are looking for fresh vegatables, fruit, home made pickles or even home made fresh Greek products you will find it on the market. When the shopping is done, time to sit and relax meet friends and enjoy a coffee and cooked breakfast, what a way to spend saturday morning. When the food shopping is over time to cross the road and visit the growing number of hand craft stalls, decoupage, art, wooden artifacts, knitwear, furniture, musical instruments are all on show and a pleasure to see the talents of local people. One lady makes and sells beatiful sand candles, you must take one home.

The village is always busy during the day, shops to browse, some good restaurants, and coffee shops. At the end of day drive along the lagoon, and park up at the mouth to the sea and watch the sun go down, I have never experienced sunsets like those on Sedgefield Beach, you will often meet people up there with a bottle of wine and some nibbles. the Swartvlei lake on the other side of the N2 as you leave Sedgefied towards George is home to many birds, and as you drive around the lake you will see the hides where you can get close, during July & August the migrating Flamingos spend a few weeks on the lake and it is a sight to behold. There are many water sport activities and things to do, but holidays in Sedgefield are about relaxing and outdoors. Come down and see what is on offer. A great way to see the area is to fly into Cape Town, hire a Car, and drive towards Port Elizabeth, you wont miss anything that way and have some super photos and memories to take home.