Nestling between pine-covered hills and beautiful unspoiled beaches lies Sedgefield, in the heart of the Lakes district and the Garden Route, between George and Knysna. This picturesque resort is a nature lover's paradise, offering the visitor a rich and varied birdlife, including marine, estuarine and evergreen forest species which can be viewed along many hiking trails and bird hides. Nature has blessed this area with a pleasant temperate climate, moderate rainfall throughout the year, conducive to an abundance of natural forests, fynbos and a variety of wild flowers. The area is a birdwatchers delight with over 250 listed species.
On the west side of the village lies Swartvlei, by far the largest of the lakes with the estuary forming a safe bathing area for young and old.
The estuary and endless beaches offer the swimmer and fisherman days of lazy sunbathing and fishing off the beach or estuary, as well as spearfishing off Gerickes Point, where interesting rock formations will delight the beachcomber who might even come across relics of prehistoric strandlopers.
"If it’s outdoor, it’s out here!" is the town’s motto and with its surrounding legendary lakes and five splendid beaches, it is no wonder. Parents can relax whilst the kids splash around in the shallow waters of the lagoon. For the less sedentry, why not try some yachting or windsurfing at Swartvlei.
This lake is an ideal venue for water sports enthusiasts, with good offshore winds, a wide expanse of water and limited interference from motor boats. Take to the Beach - Sedgefield boasts five absolutely stunning beaches. From the river mouth beach to Myoli and Kola (increasingly popular swimming beaches for the holiday makers), Buffalo Bay (a twenty minute drive but well worth it!!), Platbank (borders on a nature reserve) and Swartvlei Beach alongside the majestic Gericke´s Point.
The Wild Oats Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, is the perfect place for breakfast with the locals and to purchase delicious home made cheese, organic vegetables or quail eggs. Visit the market next door where you will find fairies, rain makers, dream catchers and much more. If you can imagine it, you will find it there.
Either braai at the end of a fun filled day or go into the village and visit one of the many restaurants, each with its own special ambience and friendly service.
There is much to do in the surrounding area. The road that connects the Wilderness to Sedgefield is flanked on the one side by bush-covered sand dunes and impressive inland mountains on the other. The village is a good base point to explore the Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve, and the western extent of Groenvlei, a freshwater lake that falls within the reserve.
Experience a day down memory lane, visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum before you travel on South Africa’s only remaining scheduled steam train, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe. Opened as far back as 1928 and declared a preserved line in July 1993, this train winds its way through the most picturesque scenery. Along fern covered hills, through forests, crossing rivers on low-level bridges, through cuttings and tunnels - the landscape unfolds slowly and unhurriedly.
The Red Berry Farm is situated just outside George and lies in a beautiful setting with views of the majestic Outeniqua mountains, north of George. A working berry production farm, it is open to day visitors and you get to pick your own strawberries.
Trips on rail with the Outeniqua PowerVan are of the most popular tourist attractions in the Garden Route. This is a unique eco experience as you travel in the Outeniqua Mountains, one of the most scenic railway passes in the country. Experience the forest and four passes, waterfalls and six tunnels, fynbos and proteas, bird and animal life and the panoramic picnic area.
Featherbed Nature Reserve, a unique 150 ha private Nature Reserve, encompasses the whole of the Western Head of Knysna and is one of South Africa's Natural Heritage Sites. It is a pristine piece of paradise and is accessible by ferry only.
It is home to two of the Garden Route's icons, namely the Knysna Loerie and the Blue Duiker, one of Africa's smallest antelope species. Other wildlife found on the Reserve include Cape Mountain Tortoises, Blue Cranes (South Africa's national bird), rare Black African Oyster Catchers (listed in the endangered Red Data List), White breasted cormorant, Bushbuck and more!
One of South Africa's eight wine regions, the Klein Karoo is large in area but small in production and these wines are classed with the best in the South African Context. Visit numerous estates on the Klein Karoo Wine Route from Montagu in the West to Meiringspoort in the East.
Oudtshoorn is situated on the edge of the Garden Route, between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain Passes. Oudtshoorn is also a wonderful exciting halfway stopover when traveling between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, with the coastal town of George about 56kms away.
Spread along both banks of the Grobbelaars River, a tributary of the Elephant's River, Oudtshoorn and its fertile valleys are encompassed by the Swartberg Mountains to the north and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south.
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. The Cango Caves is one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through the ages.
The very charm and appeal of Sedgefield lies in its very differentness! Right at the centre of the prestigious Garden Route, it still preserves a quiet simplicity seldom found in such surroundings.