THE GARDEN ROUTE
Sedgefield Rail Tracks
                       By - O'Neil
Fynbos
Storms River
Knysna Sunset
Whales in Mossel Bay
Diepwalle Forest
Garden Route Mist
Mosgas Sunset
Plett Dolphins
The Otter Trail
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Garden Route to Addo Conservation Corridor 

The Garden Route to Addo conservation corridor initiative that aims to link with formal protected areas between the Garden Route, Baviaanskloof and Addo Elephant National Park through the collaboration with conservation-minded landowners.
The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Heidelberg in the  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 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, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.
Heidelberg Church
Guano Cave 
Gouritz River Bridge
The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.

Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which come there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).
Some Birds found in and around the Garden Route
By -  Dr Thomas Wagner
      By - Avenues Guesthouse
           By - Daniele Nasi
      By -  Tertius van Zyl
         By - Henry Schwan
           By - Sebastian
             By - Willem Nabuurs
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South African National Parks
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Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
North West Tourism and Parks Board
Eish SA Website Directory
South African Tourism
South African Birding
Namibia Tourism and Parks
Stellenbosch Wine Routes
Google Earth
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                     By - Mingo
By -  Dr Thomas Wagner
           By - Daniele Nasi
              By - H J van Zyl
It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Temperatures rarely fall below 10°C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean  rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast.
The Garden Route has a rich diversity of natural habitats, with great natural beauty that underpins the tourism economy. But land use pressures are increasing through urbanisation, the spread of invasive alien species, and the over-extraction of resources, including water and line fish stocks. Areas of the most critically endangered biodiversity and attractive scenic landscapes are threatened by inappropriately sited residential developments. At the same time there are enormous challenges to meet the needs of a growing population.

Work undertaken in the GRI partnership through the C.A.P.E. programme includes systematic fine scale biodiversity planning, consolidating protected areas in the critical lowlands and marine areas, promoting conservation stewardship among private landowners, and working towards promoting growth in the number of jobs, training and entrepreneurial opportunities through biodiversity management, sustainable natural resource use and responsible tourism.



Thanks to the Landmark Foundation - http://gardenrouteinitiative.wordpress.com/
The Garden Route Initiative is one of several landscape initiatives in the Cape Floristic Region.

The GRI partnership programme aims to conserve and restore the unique biodiversity and sense of place in the Garden Route, while supporting the sustainable management of the region and the delivery of benefits to local communities.

Through the initiative, partner organisations - including government departments, conservation agencies, non-governmental organisations and community groups - can co-ordinate and align their activities around a common set of objectives.
Some Animals found in and around the Tsitsikamma Forests
Wilderness Paragliders
            By - Emil Watson
Ystervark Point Lighthouse
        By - Bernd Claussen
Through a conservancy mechanism (20 000 hectares) the Landmark Foundation has effected a corridor connection between the Garden Route conservation areas in the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Baviaanskloof. This is a first major step in effecting the long held dream (and often described as an impossible ambition) of connecting the protected areas of the Garden Route and Addo. This major initiative is ambitiously hoping to create, through public-private partnerships, an ecological corridor of (perhaps) 2 million hectares to enable and restore historical, ecological and evolutionary migration of genetic material and species along this corridor. Other conservancies are in various stages of development presently.


Thanks to the Landmark Foundation - www.landmarkfoundation.org.za/
The Garden Route is one of the premier tourism destinations in Southern Africa; evidenced by the fact that more than 25% of all foreign visitors to South Africa visit the area as part of their visit to the country.

The area has been subject to unprecedented growth of the housing and resort sectors. Recent efforts, supported by GEF, Conservation International and the South African government has seen localised protected area expansion programmes in the Garden Route, Baviaanskloof and Addo National Park. This initiative will seek to establish the link between these localised initiatives.
Birding in Tsitsikamma offers a large variety in choice of their habitats.

There is the open shoreline as typified by the environment at Storms River Rest Camp. There is the more sheltered water ways of the Nature’s Valley Lagoon and the Groot River. There is the forest experience of the Tsitsikamma Forest. Then there is the mountain fynbos one can explore in the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the Soetkraal section.
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