Garden of Eden in Bitou Rural, Western Cape
The Garden of Eden is situated along the Garden Route in the Western Cape, South Africa.
The Garden Route is characterized by golden beaches, serene lakes and fairytale forests. Garden of Eden is a perfect example of a fairytale and magical forest. It can be found midway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay with its entrance right next to the N2.
The site was first opened to the public in 1926 and other than the entrance and the boardwalk trail the forest garden is virtually untouched so you can imagine how it used to look when wild animals lived here. This is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of the Knysna forest and well worth a stop. The trail hardly qualifies as a hiking trail, but rather a forest walk and a place to take a relaxing stroll and perhaps stop for a picnic. The walk follows 1 km of boardwalk set paths that wind through the forest, past tall Stinkwood trees and across small streams. You can choose to do one of the short circular routes, only 500 metres each or both and take the full 1 km route.
There are a number of wooden benches and tables along the walk so visitors can stop to eat a packed lunch and the wooden paths make it the ideal walk for elderly visitors or families with small children. An added bonus is that the wooden paths are also completely wheelchair friendly.
Things to do and see
- Forest Walk
- Bird watching
- Water & Ablution facilities
- Wheelchair friendly
A nominal admission/conservation fee of between R7 and R12 is charged to enter the Gardens. Please contact the Park directly to confirm all prices.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C with high rainfall in October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.
Chemair offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town directly to Plettenberg Bay. Other Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport or Port Elizabeth Airport. The N2 highway will take you to the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay area. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.
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