Season Highlights in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo

The Garden Route and Klein Karoo is getting ready to yet again welcome tourists and holidaymakers around the globe over the 2015/16 Season.

With kilometres of golden beaches, beautiful warm weather throughout the year, the mighty Indian Ocean, the Cape Fynbos, vast open spaces and majestic mountains, the Garden Route & Klein Karoo has something for every traveller. There are countless outdoor activities, restaurants and accommodation to suit every budget and the most beautiful swimming spots, no wonder this route remains one of South Africa’s main tourist attractions.

Here are some highlights to look out for during your stay…

Mossel Bay – The ‘Do Stuff’ Destination

The Bravo Lounge at The Garden Route Casino is the hub for premier entertainment on the Garden Route with a stellar line up of high quality shows and performances. The Bravo Lounge offers a platform for local as well as national entertainers to showcase their talents in Mossel Bay.

The Bravo Festival is taking place for the 12th consecutive year from 19 to 22 December 2015 with artists like Elvis Blue and Laurika Rauch and designed to cater for the whole family.

For more information visit:

http://www.gardenroutecasino.co.za/bravo_lounge/events/Pages/default.aspx

George – The City for All Reasons

The Outeniqua Powervan offers a unique experience as you travel on the Outeniqua Power Van’s rail bus from George on the Oudtshoorn railway-pass. The stunning beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains unfolds as you travel one of South Africa’s most scenic routes. Experience the forest, four passes, waterfalls, seven tunnels, fynbos, proteas, bird, animal life and the panoramic picnic site. Ensure you take a picnic basket with you. It departs from George’s Outeniqua Railway Museum at 2 Mission Street.

For More information visit:

http://www.georgetourism.org.za/listing/outeniqua_power_van

The prestigious Fancourt Golf Estate offers an exciting programme during December, with some of the highlights being a wine pairing with Bouchard Finlayson on the 18th of December, a Karoo High Tea on the 22nd of December and the Neon Family Night Run on the 26th of December 2015.  For the full programme please follow this link:

http://www.fancourt.co.za/userdocs/Festive-Season-Programme-Website.pdf

Oudtshoorn – The Ostrich Capital of the World and Home to the World Famous Cango Caves

Attakwas Trail run The Attakwaskloof pass is a national treasure and steeped in tradition with the first settlers utilizing this unforgiving 300 year old route etched into the mountains by the tuskers over millions of years. A previous inhospitable place only utilized by 4×4 vehicles and mountain bikers are now open to all those trail run junkies – 19th of December it will host the inaugural Attakwas Extreme Trail run over 29 kilometres, starting in Paardebont and finishing at Bonniedale Guest farm.

For more information visit:

http://attakwastrail.co.za/

Sedgefield – Slow Town Living

Join the Sedge Slow Fun-Run & Sandcastle Beach Fun on 19 December 2015 for a sizzling start to summer. Enjoy a little family fun in the sun on one of the Garden Route’s best beaches.

This year’s event will kick off with a 5km Fun Run, followed by an amateur sand-sculpting competition with this year’s theme being ‘Marine Creatures’.

For more information visit:

http://www.visitknysna.co.za/festivals-365/upcoming-festivals-events/sedge-slow-fun-run-sandcastle-beach-fun.html

Knysna – Naturally

The Southern Comfort Knysna Blues Festival is the first Blues-dedicated music event in the Garden Route and will showcase both world-renowned musicians and local talent. Taking place on the 19th December from 12h00 at the Mitchell’s Brewery lagoon-side venue the event will feature an impressive line-up of eight Blues and Blues-inspired bands.

For more information visit:

http://www.visitknysna.co.za/festivals-365/upcoming-festivals-events/knysna-blues-festival.html

Plettenberg Bay – It’s a Feeling

The Barn will showcase Live Shows from the 14th – 31st of December 2015. Acts include Pink Floyd Tribute by Mel Botes, Radio Raps, Johnny Cash Tribute deur Adam Tas, Chris Chameleon – Drie Vriende, ADAM Groep, aKing, Simon & Garfunkel Tribute by Marcato, Pieter Smith, Bob Dylan Tribute by Marcato, Andriette, Oldies but Goldies, AC/DC Tribute by Marcato, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Rock the Barn New Year’s Bash. Sure entertainment and not to be missed.

For more information and to book tickets visit:

http://www.plett-tourism.co.za/events/live-shows-at-the-barns-festive-season/

With only a few listed here, the Garden Route offers a jam-packed programme this Festive Season and you surely won’t be disappointed. Please remember to check back next week as we explore all the different Markets the Garden Route has to offer!

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