After a year filled with challenges, anxiety and fear, most South Africans are keen for a holiday that offers a complete break from the stress and uncertainty of everyday life.
Here’s a quick round-up of some of the Garden Route’s most worthwhile escapes.
Fishing the ultimate fatigue buster
The act of fishing requires one to venture outdoors, get some fresh air and fully focus on the task at hand. Numerous studies have proven how fishing actually reduces the amount of cortisol (known as the stress hormone) in a person’s bloodstream.
Fishing is a popular pastime along the Garden Route. Visitors to Botlierskop Game Reserve, midway between Mossel Bay and George, can try their hand at fishing with an experienced guide or take off for some time on their own, fishing rod and tackle in hand!
The rivers are full of largemouth bass, freshwater eels, carp and Blue Kurper, to name a few.
Fancourt Estate in George also has a number of fishing dams, and guests can spend a day in restful contemplation, savouring the peace and quiet, as they attempt to catch “the big one”. The Leisure Centre has complimentary fishing rods and tackle for your use, and novice and experienced anglers alike will delight in a day of fishing for big-mouth black bass on a catch-and-release basis.
There are also a number of fishing charter and tour companies along the Garden Route (including Garden Route Fishing Adventures, Enrico’s Fishing Safaris and Knysna Deep Sea Fishing Charters).
Garden Route hikes to clear your head The Garden Route is famed for its outstand