Are you tired of city living? The cramped spaces, noise, pollution and people who are either stressed, impatient or in a hurry? Enjoy life in the slow lane with a trip along the Garden Route with your partner, friend or family.
Make a pit-stop in Boggomsbaai on your trip, situated midway between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, the small seaside town is accessible to Eastern Capers and Capetonians alike.
Boggomsbaai is just one of the many towns that lie within the Fransmanshoek Conservancy. The conservancy is a protected area boasting an unspoilt coastline, vegetation, and a diverse array of birds and small mammals. The locals also do their bit to conserve the space, keeping the environment free of pollution and their carbon footprint to a minimum.
Your arrival in Boggomsbaai will be marked with the views of Dutch-style cottages against an ocean backdrop - indeed a sight to behold. The town has mostly escaped significant commercialisation, choosing to retain its old-world charm of yesteryear. Those looking to completely disconnect from the modern world will be in their element here.
If you’re looking for a low-key holiday spent swimming, surfing, tanning, taking long afternoon walks and playing beach games, you’ve come to the right place. The town’s biggest drawcard is the beach, which stretches for miles.
Those looking for a fun beach activity that both adults and children will find entertaining should give dune boarding a try - it’s a thrill a minute. Slip and slide down the dunes that vary in steepness.
Visit Pinnacle Point Caves. What you’ll find on the inside will give you incredible insight into the origins of modern humans, dating back 162 000 years.
This time of year sees Southern Right Whales gracing our shores in large numbers. Take a drive to Mossel Bay and book a three-hour whale watching boat ride to Seal Island if you wish to see these giant creatures of the deep up close. You’ll also see a colony of Cape fur seals basking on rocks and diving underwater once you reach the island, and potentially dolphins too.
While in Mossel Bay, be sure to enjoy a seafood meal at one of the beachfront restaurants. You won’t find better mussels and oysters anywhere else on the Garden Route!
Game viewers and birders should not miss out on a visit to one of the local game reserves, which are malaria-free and home to some members of the Big Five, as well as various other plains game.
Explore the greater region of the Garden Route on foot by embarking on the difficult 4-night Oyster Catcher trails. The route takes you from Cape St Blaize to Gourmets River Mouth. If you have kids with you whose little legs tire out quickly, then shorter, less strenuous options are available too.
You and your partner will stay in a charming cottage that exudes an elegant, old-world charm. There are seven cottages in total, with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms respectively. The cottage you get depends on availability and the number of people in your group.
Each has satellite TV, an open-plan lounge, and a fireplace to keep you toasty on chilly nights.
Go on, take some time out of your hectic city lives for a couples retreat in lovely surrounds.
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