Tourism is noted by government as one of the major industries with the potential to drive down the immensely high rates of unemployment in the country – if harnessed to its full potential. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo have in many ways embraced this notion.
Some 10 million passengers passed through Cape Town International Airport in 2016, which accounts for a 36% year-on-year (y/y) increase in international arrivals at the airport in April 2016 when compared to the year prior. The question to ask is where these tourists spent their money, and on what exactly?
A plan to rebuild the Garden Route, which was ravaged by a series of fires last month, is being implemented, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Thursday.
“Now it is time to rebuild. I sent a team to the region a week ago to assess how best the province can assist further. It is clear that the Garden Route requires significant support in the rebuilding process,” she said in a statement.
Zille said she undertook the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative in partnership with Garden Route Municipalities, community members and private sector donors.
Collectively, they hope to develop a rebuilding… Read More
The devastating Knysna fires have claimed the lives of seven people and destroyed residential, business and tourism districts in the Western Cape town, resulting in the evacuation of an estimated 10 000 locals.
Knysna, on the world-renowned Garden Route, boasts scenic stretches of land and hosts much-anticipated yearly events such as the Pick n Pay Oyster Festival, dubbed the “Best 10 Days of Your Winter”, and sporting events like the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon.
Knysna Tourism has confirmed that all three events will still be taking place from Friday, 7 July 2017 to Sunday, 16 July 2017 in a… Read More
The beautiful winding Route 62 that makes its way from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape in South Africa, has been listed by CNN Travel as one of the best road trips for 2017.
The R62, which winds between Port Elizabeth, through to the Langkloof, Oudtshoorn and Cape Town made it onto the coveted list alongside 9 other international routes. The route was picked for its picture-perfect scenic views and vineyards, with CNN Travel dubbing it “a journey to the unexpected.”
With South Africa’s incredibly rich and diverse landscape, the journey to your destination could well be the most beautiful part of your trip. Taking the scenic route allows you to see the country with all its contrasts. Here are some of the best regions in SA to explore by car.
The Limpopo Valley Route
Baobab tree with mountains in background, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Starting in the north of the country and bordering SA’s neighbours – Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – is the Limpopo region. It’s lush with vegetation in every direction… Read More
Perched on a hill of Wild Coast forest overlooking Chintsa Beach and the Chintsa River mouth, this campsite is a piece of paradise. Wake up in your safari tent to truly spectacular views of the fairly untouched coastline. After breakfast on the deck, go kayaking in the river, horse-riding on the beach and farmlands or surfing in the warm ocean. As a camper, you’ll find everything your… Read More