Monday 2 December 2019

Garden Route Touring Tips

CAPE ARGUS - 1939, December 26
At all times of the year, but particularly in the summer, the Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town makes a strong appeal to holiday makers and tourists. The thousands who will travel that way by road will find the following information by the A.A. concerning one of the alternative routes in this area of considerable interest.
Assuming the trip begins at Port Elizabeth the road via Van Stadens Pass and Gamtoos to Humansdorp will be found under construction. About nine miles beyond Humansdorp keep left for the coast road which passes Clarkson and then runs between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the sea. This is good road practically all the way, but in case of heavy rain the route via Assegaibosch and Kareedouw Pass is recommended. There are good camping sites near Storms River and Coldstream, and at Plettenburg Bay excellent fishing and surfing can be obtained. A trip by motor launch on Keurbooms River reveals the fine scenery. The forest and the furniture factories at Knysna are worth visiting.
One of the Prettiest Towns
Continuing to the Wilderness careful driving is advised crossing Phantom Pass and Homtini Gorge. Reaching George – reputed to be one of the prettiest towns in South Africa – the tourist may take the road over Montagu Pass to Oudtshoorn. This road is moderately corrugated, with steep gradients and dangerous bends. There are many delightful motor runs in this vicinity; e.g. the Swartberg Pass to Klaarstroom and returning via Meirings Poort; while the famous Cango Caves and Bushmen paintings should not be missed.

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