10 Interesting facts about the Garden Route
1. The Garden Route is over 300km long, stretching along the southern coastline of South Africa, from Mossel Bay in the west to Storms River in the east.
2. It gets its name from the rich, green forests, flowering fynbos, and abundant streams, rivers and waterfalls occurring here.
3. It's easy to access from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth via the N2 highway.
4. An oceanic climate, with warm summers and cool winters makes it the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest in the world after Hawaii.
5. It is sandwiched between the Indian Ocean to the South and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges to the North.
6. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest, and are home to some 300 bird species, including Knysna Loeries, Narina Trogons, Olive Thrushes, Chorister Robins, Cape Robins and Starred Robins.
7. The areas is home to a number of large mammal species including bushpig, bushbuck, blue duiker, baboon, vervet monkeys, reedbuck, leopards and caracals.
8. The Garden Route is part of the Fynbos Biome, containing a minimum of 45,000 different species of plant of which over 69% are endemic to this region and found nowhere else on earth.
9. The best times to visit are between October and March.
10. The Garden Route is one of UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
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