About Dana Bay and the Garden Route

About Dana Bay

Whilst often disregarded simply as a suburb of Mossel Bay, Dana Bay is in fact a conservancy, set in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, home to fine examples of coastal and limestone varieties of fynbos. 
Limestone fynbos is rich in species and supports among the highest numbers of endemic species in the entire Cape floristic region. 
Because of its conservancy status, bush buck, steenbok, mongooses and Cape francolins roam freely in Dana Bay; and the prolific bird life, which includes a colony of black oyster catchers and over 85 other bird species, adds to the tranquillity and beauty of the coastline and incredible views of beach and horizon.
The white sandy  Dana Bay beach  here stretches for miles and is largely undisturbed, inviting lengthy morning and afternoon strolls and sundowner picnics - sunsets are legendary on this part of the coast. 
The beach has ablution facilities and braai spots available. Add to this Dana Bay’s easy access to restaurants, museums, harbour and yachting facilities, water sports, and eco adventure opportunities, and the beachfront village becomes something more of an attraction.
George’s Airport is an easy 20 minute drive.
Schools of up to 500 dolphins have been sighted along the coastline, and during whale-watching season, Southern Right Whales are a joy to behold.
The St Blaize hiking trail is a wonderful cliff walk - an easy 13.5 kilometres along seaside cliffs and through sections of fynbos - of which you can hike a part or do the walk in its entirety. It also provides ideal spots to sight whales in season.

Photo of whale taken from Janzelle seaview's balcony!

About the Garden Route

High on the must-see lists of most visitors to South Africa is the Garden Route, and with good reason: you can’t help but be seduced by the glorious natural beauty.
The distance from Mossel Bay in the west to just beyond Plettenberg Bay in the east is under 300km, yet the range of topography, vegetation, wildlife and outdoor activities is remarkable.
The coast is dotted with excellent beaches, while inland you’ll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and eventually the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges that divide the Garden Route from the arid Little Karoo.
The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast from Wilderness to Knysna offer adventure trails and hiking, birdwatching, canoeing on the rivers, sliding through the tree canopy or simply taking an easy walk through the forest to gasp at the size of a yellowwood tree that's over 600 years old. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting brilliant green and red Knysna loeries or maybe even catching sight of one of the near-mythical elephants said to inhabit the forest.
With such a diverse range of things to do in this renowned region, it’s not surprising that the scope of accommodation comes up trumps.
The downside is the high volume of people in the most popular towns, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. While they make good bases for exploring the area, these two spots can get very crowded during December and January, and prices rise significantly. This makes it important to book ahead if you’re travelling at these times, or head for less crowded Wilderness or the very popular town
of  Mossel Bay!
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