Southern Africa, South Africa

The Eastern Cape

Hole in the Wall – an icon of the Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape province, a particularly sparkly jewel in South Africa’s scenic and human treasure chest, is perhaps best known for the famed Garden Route, which wends its 120-mile way along South Africa’s relentlessly scenic southern coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms Bay in the Eastern Cape. The Garden Route packs in a marvellous variety of sceneries and a fine collection of enchanting towns in those beautiful miles, and Micato guests have been enjoying them for more than a half century.

The gardens the route highlights aren’t human artifacts, but natural ones: surpassingly lovely beaches, exuberant vegetation, and secluded lakes and lagoons. On or not far from the Garden Route proper are Addo Elephant National Park; Grahamstown, site of the lively National Arts Festival, perhaps Africa’s largest such event; the wild, rain-forested coastline at Jeffrey’s Bay (whose waves are legendary among surfers); Garden Route National Park, close by the nicely named town of Wilderness; and a little further east, South Africa’s only ski resort, Tiffindell, 8,920 feet up in the Southern Drakensburg mountains.

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