The Outeniqua Mountain Range runs from East to West and is the great divide between the Garden Route to the South and the Little Karoo to the North. The main road between the towns of George in the Garden Route to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karroo traverses the scenic Outeniqua Pass.
In the olden days the Mountain was crossed with the Voortrekker Pass and later the Montague Pass. By the mid 1930’s it became obvious that this pass could not cope with the increasing traffic. The construction of the new Outeniqua Pass commenced during World War II (1942) with mainly Italian prisoners of war used as labourers. Work progressed very slowly as the POW’s were mainly artists and singers and were not able to cope with the heavy manual labour. After they were repatriated and local labour was used, the road building progressed at a much faster rate and the pass was completed in 1951.
By the 1980’s traffic increased to such an extent that the widening of the pass to provide for passing lanes became necessary. Construction commenced in September 1993 and was completed in July 1997. The designers and builders of the pass need to be commended for their sensitivity to protect the environment and to cause a minimum of damage to the mountain and indigenous vegetation. Today the pass makes for a wonderful scenic drive, with one or two view points providing sweeping views of the Outeniqua Mountain Range's imposing peaks, hills and valleys.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.
Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .
This tour combines the scenic Garden Route and Route 62. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm’s River Mouth, do an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, tour the Cango Caves and get close to ostriches and elephants.
Highlights: Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Robberg and Robberg Nature Reserve , Outeniqua Pass , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Route 62 , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge .
The Garden Route is a tourism paradise combining excellent infrastructure with scenic natural attractions. It comprises the narrow coastal belt on South Africa's south coast, stretching from the Tsitsikamma Forest in the east ±200 km to Mossel Bay in the west. It is named after the region's lush vegetation and mountainous scenery.
Today tourists from across South Africa and the world flock to Oudtshoorn. The two main attractions are, ostrich show farms and the Cango Caves. Both of these feature among South Africa's top 20 tourist attractions. The town's geographical location is perfect for tourists as it lies virtually on the border of the Garden Route.