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This region is considered the gateway to the Garden Route characterized by inland, peaceful farming villages that dot the fertile hills to the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains. Near the town of Swellendam, Bontebok National Park is a sanctuary for this highly endangered species of antelope, and further east, the tiny Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve has beautiful forest hikes and amazing bird life. Both have camping and excellent self-catering accommodation and, if time is short, make good stopovers between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

Agulhas National Park is also located in this region, here you can visit the Southernmost tip of Africa. This is where the two oceans, the Indian Ocean and The Atlantic oceans split. You can also visit the 19th-century lighthouse which has views of both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

If you will be based in Cape Town you will need to rent a car because this region is too far to use uber. Renting a car also make traveling convenient, you can also travel further along to explore the popular Garden Route as a Weekend road trip.