The last of our Garden route adventure has been pretty outstanding to be fair! Our accommodation in George was brilliant and we had 1 extra day to explore and even though it rained, we still managed to do the Giant Kingfisher trail. This trail requires a permit which you can purchase upon entry but it’s $16NZD pp which we found to be extortionate, however we were already there so but the bullet and got our permits.
We hiked for 11kms and managed to reach the waterfall and also hike the last ‘strenuous’ loop to stop off at a beautiful view point overlooking the wilderness river gorge which is actually stunning. Overall, the walk is not worth the money but we had fun!
After checking out of our fav accommodation we made the drive to Gansbaai to a brilliant stop called 69onlngang. Leo booked this one and my goodness me did he do well. It’s comfortable, new, cheap and super close to the beach!
We walked to Klipgat se Plaat and the beach is incredibly beautiful. It’s also next to the Klipgat caves which seemed great but we just wanted to head to the beach and go for a big walk. The beach was so empty and spans for miles so made a great walk along the shores and taking in the beauty of the sea as the waves were huge! We found some pretty epic spots about 30 minutes along the beach away from the people and from there you can rock climb and take some epic shots of the bay through the unusual rock formations.
It was such a wonderful way to end our Garden route adventure as tomorrow we will be making the drive back to Cape Town to fly to Zanzibar for Christmas!
Later’s Mossel Bay, it’s George/Wilderness and Kynsna time! Leaving Mossel Bay this morning to the sound of sirens many ambulances and police cars we knew there had been a big accident. We then heard on the news that 3 have unfortunately died on this road in the last 24 hours. Such a sad time to hear this news, so we changed the road we were going and went for the longer safer way – just in case.
We set out for the town of Kynsna; Leo’s dad first told us about this town and after researching we discovered it is one of the most beautiful and magical towns on the Garden Route. Drenched in natural beauty with a sprinkle of mysticism, this lakeside town is as dreamy as they come.
We were pretty excited. So, when we arrived we expected to be blown away. I won’t lie, it’s not really for us. Very touristic and full of souvenir shops and over priced restaurants we had a small explore and then went for lunch. I had read about ‘Freshline Fisheries’ on a blog for locals and the reviews were outstanding so I had to make this our 1 meal out option.
We ordered the fish cake, garden salad, calamari and hake with their famous chips and tartar sauce. It was excellent. The surroundings were great and albeit a little hard to find, this hidden gem is worth it. I would have eaten the exact same thing twice! It cost us $28NZD for 2 meals and a large sparkling water which I felt not too bad but there are cheaper options.
From there we headed back to George where we would be staying for the night but not without a stop at Brenton Beach – 15 minutes from Kynsna. It’s easy to see how this beach has become a must-see destination for anyone traveling along the Garden Route. We are so grateful and blessed to have stopped here as it restored our faith in this over hyped town.
Hey! I'm Ally. I left the UK in 2011 to move overseas and ended up in New Zealand - my new home. This year we are taking a gap year to loop the world stopping in some AMAZING destinations - and I'm passionate about sharing these adventures with you!