Things to Do in the Garden Route
As a guest of the beautiful Castleton Penthouse, there certainly won’t be any shortage of things to do in the Garden Route. This is thanks to the prime location of this luxury triplex; right in the heart of the Garden Route’s premier holiday town of Plettenberg Bay. Visitors wanting to add more to their itinerary than lazing in the sun and listening to the ocean can include these attractions and activities on their list …
Plett is a water sports hotspot, as it is laced by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Visitors that love the water will enjoy surfing, kite-surfing, stand-up paddling, fishing, snorkelling and SCUBA diving here. There are a couple of stunning beaches, where moms can lie on the sand and read their magazines, and children can swim or build sandcastles. Or, everyone can head into the water to explore the marine life or just play in the swell.
The Garden Route has an amazing variety of animal sanctuaries, parks and reserves. You’ll need at least two or three days to check them out, and they are well worth a visit. They include:
- Radical Raptors – watch a fantastic display as birds of prey soar overhead and then land on your hand for a treat.
- Birds of Eden – walk through one of the world’s largest aviaries and see hundreds of incredible species.
- Monkeyland – visit the primates that live in this part of the Garden Route forests and learn more about the species (which include lemurs).
- Jukani – established for the rescue and rehabilitation of various wild cats, this is now home to everything from lions and pumas to hyenas, cougars, tigers and a cheeky honey badger.
- The Knysna Elephant Sanctuary – walk amongst these gentle giants and feed them from your hand.
The first prize for adrenalin junkies staying in Plett is Bloukrans Bridge, home to the world’s highest commercial bungy jump. Leap off the bridge and hurtle down 216 metres into the gorge to test your limits.
The canopy tours in the Tsitsikamma are also fantastic. Soar over the forests at tree canopy height from the safety of a harness. Other adventure sports in this part of the Western Cape include sky diving, shark cage diving in Mossel Bay, sand-boarding, black water tubing on Storms River, or abseiling down the nearby mountain faces.
Visit Neighbouring Towns
Knysna is a little less than 30 minutes’ drive away from Plettenberg Bay and is a quaint historical town with a spectacular lagoon. Surrounded by mountains and forests, it is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts, and for those wanting to head onto the water for some skiing or kiting.
Mossel Bay is about 90 minutes away and is excellent for diving, fishing, and golf. George, Sedgefield and Wilderness are dotted along the scenic Garden Route, and each has its own kind of charm. Although the only major malls are in George and Mossel Bay, there are plenty of boutiques, galleries and markets to explore.
The only challenge facing guests of Castleton Penthouse is to make time to see the gorgeous Garden Route, explore the ins and outs of Plett, and be part of the vibe that is so unabashedly South African.