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South Africa - Garden Route and Karoo
South Africa - Garden Route and Karoo
 

"The incredible area between Hermanus and Knysna: sea, desert, green but also dry"

 
Perfect for your self-drive trip!


The Garden Route is a famous and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa.
It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape.
The name "garden" comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.

It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna (the "Pearl"), Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.


The Karoo (a Khoisan word of uncertain etymology) is a semidesert natural region of South Africa.
It consists of two closely related ecoregions – the Nama Karoo, which has mostly winter rainfall, and the Succulent Karoo, which has predominantly summer rain.
The Nama Karoo has three main subregions – the Upper Karoo in the north – which is divided from the Great Karoo in the middle by the Great Escarpment, thus the Upper Karoo rivers flow northwards into the Orange River – and the Little Karoo in the south.

The western part is the "Succulent" Karoo, situated in a winter rainfall region near the Atlantic coast.
In geological terms, the Karoo Supergroup refers to an extensive and geologically recent (100- to 260-million-year-old) sequence of sedimentary and igneous rocks, which is flanked to the south by the Cape Supergroup, and to the north by the more ancient Witwatersrand Supergroup. It covers two-thirds of South Africa[n 2] and extends in places to 8,000 m below the land surface, constituting an immense volume of rocks which was formed, geologically speaking, in a short period of time