IUCN Category II - National Park


The Garden Route National Park is a national park in South Africa. It was founded on 6 March 2009 by the merger of the Wilderness National Park, the Knysna National Lake Area, the Tsitsikamma National Park and other public lands.


The National Park stretches from Wilderness to the west across Knysna to Cape St. Francis in St Francis Bay. The coastal landscape in Wilderness with its lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches, lush forests and lofty mountains before. Along quiet rivers run nature trails through dense forests. The jagged rock sticks the Knysna Heads combine the Knysna Lagoon with the Indian Ocean. The lagoon is habitat of the same name Seepferdchenart and a large number of marine animals and plants. Sandbanks and salt marshes provide many creatures optimal food supply. Along the coast between Cape St. Francis and Plettenberg Bay covers a 5.5 -kilometer-wide strip of coastal waters. The vegetation is lush and varied. The dense forest is one of the last primeval forests of South Africa. From the Tsitsikamma mountains many streams and rivers flow to the sea thanks to the high rainfall.