Garden route dating
With uninterrupted views of the majestic Swartberg Mountains and overlooking the Grobbelaars River, the Yotclub B&B is a tranquil base from which to explore all that the Little Karoo has to offer.
The Yotclub is also a birding and otter sanctuary and features an otter and bird hide on the property where guests can enjoy looking for cape clawless otters and over 70 species of birds.
In the intervening 200km, the N2 passes the towns and villages of Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley, before crossing the provincial border from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape, where the forest hamlet of Storms River is the last stop on the Garden Route.
The area is known for its moist, subtropical forests – dank, atmospheric places, where trails once used by Boer woodcutters and elephants wind between towering yellowwood trees, 3m-high tree ferns, strange fungi and babbling brooks.
The resultant indigenous forests saw the town of Knysna boom in the 19th century, when ships loaded with timber braved the treacherous passage between the Knysna Heads, two dramatic sea cliffs guarding the entrance to Knysna Lagoon.
The city is very centrally situated: halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and centre of the Garden Route.
Under apartheid, the area was popular with Capetonian families and the landlocked wealthy of Johannesburg.
Along South Africa's southern coast, between the thick forests and dramatic river valleys of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains is a coastal string of lagoons, lakes and holiday towns dedicated to downtime – all connected by the N2 highway.
The magnificent forests at Tsitsikamma, sweeping beaches of St Francis Bay and beautiful Plettenberg Bay, the bustling town of Knysna and lovely Lake District of Wilderness and Sedgefield are all to be found along the way.But locals and visitors can't quite agree on where this strip of holidaymaking pleasure, the Garden Route, begins and ends – they're too busy surfing the Indian Ocean, sunbathing and hiking to worry about such things.Roughly, it's bookended by the town of Mossel Bay and the Tsitsikamma region.Much of the forestry is protected by the well-organised Garden Route National Park, which is divided into the Wilderness, Knysna Lakes and Tsitsikamma sections.The Garden Route owes its distinctive natural environment and mild climate – a contrast with the fruit-growing Langkloof and semi-desert Karoo areas to the north – in part to a meeting of ocean currents.