Garden Route National Park is a massive National Park consisting of land spanning from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town along the South African coast. The park stretches an incredible 1,210 sq. km and was formed by the combining of two separate national parks, Tsitsikamma National Park and Wilderness National Park in 2009. The area is known for its abundance of lush vegetation and incredibly mild climate, making it a prime tourist destination. The Tsitsikamma portion of Garden Route National Park was established in 1994 and consists of indigenous forest, waterfalls, rivers and streams.
The second section that makes up Garden Route National Park is the Wilderness Section. The land that the Wilderness Section consists of has existed for many years prior and has undergone several transformations before its eventual establishment as a national park in the 1980s, it continues to evolve today. This section of the park protects many natural features including several lakes and indigenous forest. Animals that can be spotted in the Wilderness area include the honey badger, leopard, buck and velvet monkey along with marine animals such as dolphins and whales. Activities in this section of the park include hiking, kayaking, fishing and biking to name a few.
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Garden Route national park, with its diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery, is a year-round tourist destination. Avoid planning a trip around Christmas time, as the park is crowded due to school holidays. January and February can also be unbearable for people who struggle in high-temperatures.
The best time to visit the park for a crowd-free experience is between February and April. For whale watching, July to September is the best time to visit the park.
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