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Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

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Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

Can anyone recommend where to stop for 1 night between Cape Town and Knysna on the garden route?

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1. Re: Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

Bearing in mind the rest of your trip which you posted about 10 days ago, I would definitely do the R62 via the Winelands,Montagu (possible overnight stop) and then onto Oudtshoorn and over the Outeniqua pass to George then along the coast to Knysna. This route will give you a glimpse of a totally different part of the Cape

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2. Re: Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

Agreed.. and here are some pretty good places to stay:

www.malherbe-guesthouse.com/index.php?p=home

http://www.aasvoelkrans.co.za/

http://www.mimosa.co.za/

http://www.montagucountryhotel.co.za

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3. Re: Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

Hi definitely agree R62 is the way to go.

Oudtshoorn is only 1.5 hrs from Knysna, so maybe too close to stop for the night, although it has more to do and see than any of the towns before you hit the true wineland areas. So you could leave Knysna in the morning, visit and swim at Sedgefield/Victoria Bay and then to George and over to Oudtshoorn, where you can spend the afternoon visiting the sights, the leave after breakfast, approx 4.5 hrs back to Cape Town along the R62. Yotclub has top TA ratings and I second that. La Plume is a fantastic farm stay if you prefer.

If you want a spot smack bang in the middle, Barrydale may suit you, although not much to do although quaint Karoo village with wineries to visit etc.

The only real alternative to Oudtshoorn is Montagu. My recommendation to stay is at 7 Church Street; ask for Dial cottage. Gorgeous gardens and very friendly hosts. Visit some vineyards, hot springs, walk etc.

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4. Re: Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

The other option to consider could be Swellendam, which is about 2.5 hours from Cape Town ... and funnily enough 2.5 hours from Knysna - so COMPLETELY in the middle of the 2 along the N2 !

Swellendam is the 3rd oldest town in SA, and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the town is the Drostdy, built in 1747 - it is a wonderful example of Cape Dutch architecture, and has a restaurant.

If you get there early enough, you can take a trip out to the De Hoop Nature Reserve, the Bontebok National Park, or even go down to Cape Agulhas, which is the southernmost tip of the entire African continent.

Places to stay could be Rothman Manor, Bloomestate, Augusta de Mist, or Jan Harmsgat. All highly recommended.

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5. Re: Where to Stop between Cape Town and Knysna

Swellendam is another option being half way, but the N2 is much less of a scenic route than the R62, which as a tourist, would be the preferred option. You could also, if you wish to do both, just pop across the pass to Swellendam from Barrydale and then back over again; this pass is very scenic and well worth a little detour.

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