Garden Route Area review
Garden Route: South Africa’s natural garden.
The name Garden Route says it all – an area with lustrous green vegetation in abundance, stretching from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn. It is also an area where some of the most majestic forests in the world can be found. Mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, and vividly coloured wild flowers delight the eye. The Garden Route stretches on the southern coast from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. It’s a nook of the country that offers inspiration to writers and artists whose presence gives it a trendy flavour.
One of the towns in the Garden Route is Plettenberg Bay, which thrives on the tourism industry and sees an influx of holiday makers from November each year, when teenage school leavers are the first to descend upon the small town, followed thereafter by various waves of arrivals from abroad as well as other parts of South Africa. “Properties in the area start from R 3 million for an upmarket home” says Graham Theobald, Licence Partner of Engel & Völkers Plettenberg Bay. “We always have a demand for property in the area, especially for buyers looking to buy holiday homes, or those looking to retire” Graham continued.
Plett’s neighbouring town, Knysna, is one of South Africa’s most intriguing holiday destinations. It plays home to the awe inspiring Knysna Forest which comprises some very old and majestic trees that cannot be witnessed anywhere else in the world. “The house prices here really do suite anyone’s pocket, with older 3 bedroomed homes selling from R 900 000, to upmarket properties of around R 3,5 million. Knysna also attracts thousands of tourist from all over the world, not only for the magnificent forests, but it is also a view point for some astonishing aquatic life such as whales and dolphins which feature here in abundance”, mentiones Schalk van der Merwe, Licence partner of Engel & Völkers Knysna.
Situated approximately 60km from Knysna and 430 km from Cape Town you find, George, a town which is widely regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region, and an ideal base from which to explore the Klein Karoo. George is easily accessible with a good road network and is also home to George Airport which links the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo hinterland to the major centres of South Africa. “Houses in this area range from R 900 000 to R 2,5 million and is the perfect area for investors looking for a holiday home or new developments” concluded Toelie Barnard, licence partner of Engel & Völkers George.
The Garden Route also plays host to the largest Afrikaans festival in South Africa namely the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstufees which takes place annualy in Oudshoorn and hosts some of the country’s top acts in dance, music and arts. Each event is usually visited by around 80 000 people each year. This festival is truly something to behold by everyone.
With such a vast amount of amenities, investment opportunities, ocean and nature, the Garden Route is definitely an area to take into consideration when buying or investing in property in South Africa.