'The Gateway to the Garden Route' lies between the Langeberg Mountains and the Breede River.
Heidelberg was established in 1885 on the banks of the Duivenhoks River on the farm Doornboom, and is named after its namesake in Germany where the Heidelberg Catechism was formulated.
A moderate climate, plentiful water, rich soil, clean air, rural tranquility, affordable housing, friendly community, good schools and advanced infrastructure make Heidelberg an ideal place to stay.
Witsand is an historical coastal town, 40km by road, from Heidelberg. It is situated at the mouth of the mighty Breede River and is close to the last hand-operated pont in South Africa, which is used to cross the Breede River at Malgas.
From May to November, Witsand has the largest concentration of Southern Right whales on the South African coast and it is growing every year. On a good day you may be able to see up to 50 pairs of these magnificent creatures.
Witsand has so much to offer - rich historical value, wide-open spaces and clean air. Other attractions include over 200 bird species, exquisite flora and fauna, long safe beaches for swimming and walking and 4x4 trails.
This is a floral paradise and home of the Sleeping Beauty Mountain Peak, which has the perfect form of a sleeping princess.
Riversdale earns its name of 'Floral Paradise of the Garden Route' from the thousand of Cape Fynbos species that blanket the towering Langeberg Mountains, which guard Riversdale on the northern side, whilst 'Sleeping Beauty' watches over the magnificent countryside and town.
Adventure abounds in the mountains in the form of abseiling down cascading waterfalls, spectacular hiking trails, hang-gliding, 4x4 trails, and horse riding safaris. The scenic Korentepoort Dam, nestled in the Langeberg Mountain Range, is surrounded by pine forests, and is the epitome of peace and tranquillity and nature in all its glory.
Stillbaai - the Bay of the Sleeping Beauty. For almost a century this beautiful seaside resort has been well known for its harmonious atmosphere and scenic beauty. The vast open spaces, tranquil river, pure white sandy beaches and moderate climate attract people countrywide.
Stillbaai's fauna and flora have always been a source of enjoyment and surprise to visitors. There is an abundance of fynbos, and observant visitors often encounter an amazing variety of wild marine and bird life. Visitors may delight themselves in the frolics of the Southern Right whales from various lookout points.
Stillbaai is well known for its whale watching, historical and architectural heritage, tame eels at Palinggat, fish traps constructed by Strandlopers, botanical gardens at Pallinggat and Melkhoutfontein and nature reserves. Sporting facilities include golf, bowls, squash, tennis, bisley, water sports, hiking trails, Tillbaai Strondloper Festival (September) and the annual touch rugby championships.
Albertinia is situated between the Langeberg Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Some of the finest examples of Cape fynbos (Cape macchia) can be found here, as well as a unique collection of 6,500 different species of plants that grow on South Africa's Cape coast - and nowhere else in the world. Many of these species are indigenous to Albertinia and the coastal nature reserve.
Albertinia has derived its motto 'Home of the Aloe' from the abundance of aloes growing in the district. Four different species of aloe are found in this region, which has given rise to a very big health and cosmetic industry.
In the 15th century, Europeans were establishing a spice route to the East. In 1488 (which was 165 years before Jan van Riebeeck arrived) Bartolomeu Dias found himself just off the Mossel Bay coast. His crew were tired and begged him to stop on dry land before they continued. A cross was erected, as was tradition in those days, and this became the site of the first Post Office in South Africa (the Post Tree is still growing today).
Today Mossel Bay is a peaceful town that has been a home and holiday resort for generations. The town is central to the Garden Route and has become a very popular destination for both South African and international tourists.
When in Mossel Bay, visit the various restaurants and coffee shops, sampling their delicious gastronomic delights.
Experience Mossel Bay's
'Endless Horizons' on foot and
experience the scenic beauty and
rich cultural heritage of the town
and its people.
The majestic Outeniqua Mountains
form the backdrop, embracing the
rich fynbos and protea floral kingdom,
with the bay and its pristine soft
sun-drenched beaches in the foreground.