There is no need for clichés when describing the scenically diverse Garden Route and Klein Karoo regions. Along the Garden Route, the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, whales and dolphins frolic in the bay, cool waterfalls cascade down shimmering rock amid lush forest, mountains tower over the surrounding landscape and lakes and rivers deposit their wealth into the sea. A semi-Mediterranean climate compliments the scenic magnificence of the region to which visitors from far and wide flock to enjoy nature’s gifts and a myriad of fun-in-the-sun leisure and adventure activities. Endless stretches of pristine beaches, lakes, rivers, lagoons, mountains, valleys, forests, and indoor and outdoor activities means that the region is geared towards entertaining and accommodating visitors throughout the year. Did you know that you can get ‘up close and personal’ with the Big 5 on one of the many game reserves, enjoy elephant-back rides, feed tame eels, stroke a cheetah, explore a shipwreck or participate in an ostrich race? And this is just the tip of the iceberg! The semi-arid Klein Karoo is a magical landscape dotted with ‘ostrich palaces’ built by 19th century ostrich industry ‘feather barons’, spectacular mountain passes, hot springs, long-neck ostriches preening and fanning their sought after plumage in the hot sun, and world renowned caves. The Karoo also plays host to Route 62, reputedly the longest wine route in the world, along which South Africa’s ‘port wine capital’ is situated. The capital of the region, Oudtshoorn, is situated between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains and it is here that you will find the Cango Caves, an underground system of limestone caverns. Sculpted by nature over millions of years, the Cango Caves offer a magical journey through subterranean caverns with fascinating limestone formations in a variety of spectacular colours.
Cango Caves are tucked away in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains 29km from Oudtshoorn in the picturesque Cango Valley. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Lost in absolute darkness, a deep stillness, a constant temperature and high humidity, it is a wonder world of unique scenery and calcite masterpieces formed by gently dripping water. Tours are through just a few of the natural chambers and take one to one-and-a-half hours to explore. Each chamber displays a limestone masterpiece created by the forces of nature. Over a period of 20 million years, a 24km limestone band with cracks and fissures formed in the ridge. Water percolated into the fissures, gradually dissolving limestone and creating the incredible formations that we see today.
Hermanus with its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, has grown in size and popularity during the last decade. Visitors from near and far flock to the town to enjoy its many charms while local residents and homeowners savour the privilege of living in this unique region.