Exploring luxury property along the Garden Route
If one were to highlight several outstanding aspects about South Africa that people love and appreciate, these must include sunny skies, sports, the outdoors, and gorgeous garden settings, as well as an extremely long coastline with breathtaking vistas and prime properties. The exceptionally beautiful and diverse, aptly named Garden Route is one of the latter features.
Once you’ve seen pictures of the Garden Route or better yet, visited this stretch of pristine coastline, you’ll understand why this stretch was so named. It’s a veritable Garden of Eden, a paradise that’s verdant, green, diverse, and magnificent in its natural beauty.
Unique and diverse characteristics and features of the Garden Route
When approached from Cape Town, this most picturesque stretch of South African coastline begins in the town of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, and extends all the way to the Eastern Cape’s Storms River, where the river drains into the Indian Ocean. The climate along the Garden Route is said to be the second most temperate in the world, only pipped to the post by Hawaii.
On the landward side, the Garden Route is protected by both the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains, which also trap moisture and humidity from sea winds. This collected moisture ensures rainfall throughout all seasons, all year.
Indigenous vegetation is diverse, which is typical of the vegetation of the area in which it occurs – from fynbos in the Western Cape sections of the route, to forests and wetlands along coastal lakes, rivers, and streams. A number of nature reserves have been established to protect the fauna and flora of the area in which each is located.
Every year, southern right whales travel to the ocean waters off the Garden Route’s bays to produce their young in relative safety. Whale watching is an enduring, favourite pastime along the route. Coastal marine reserves also feature unique life forms – dolphins, seals, and the delicate Knysna seahorse that has chosen the lagoons of the Eastern Cape as its habitat.
The Garden Route is famous for its collection of hiking and walking trails. Some of these, particularly the Otter Trail, are regularly fully booked for more than a year in advance, because of their popularity that’s based on the unparalleled beauty of the surrounding scenery and panoramic views across the sea. Water sports, bird watching, and golfing are other popular leisure pursuits along the Garden Route.
Towns, villages and settlements along the route include Witsand, Still Bay, Vleesbaai, Mossel Bay, Glentana, Herolds Bay, Victoria Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay, Brenton-on-Sea, Knoetzie, Plettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s Valley, and Knysna. George is the administrative capital of the Garden Route and is situated a little way inland from the coastline.
Luxury property along the Garden Route
Right now is the best time to acquire an upmarket property along this peerless route. However, unless you have detailed, intimate knowledge of the luxury property market and luxury properties along the Garden Route, it’s almost impossible to know what and where to buy an exclusive property that will have great investment potential.
This is the right time to contact Fine & Country South Africa for assistance. At Fine & Country South Africa, we specialise in buying, selling, and renting of luxury properties in this country and abroad. We can certainly help you find your ideal luxury property on the Garden Route, because each one of our highly skilled agents focusses on the geographical area in which they operate.
In doing so, each professional agent has the ability and knowledge to provide our clients with detailed, relevant information about living in the area in which they’re interested, something few other estate agencies do. We look forward to being of service in your search for luxury property on the Garden Route.