Sedgefield Garden Route - Information

4th December 2015

Aerial view of Wilderness and Sedgefield Garden Route South AfricaFlamingos at Swartvlei Sedgefield Garden Route South AfricaSwartvlei Sedgefield Garden Route South AfricaWater Sports in Sedgefield Garden Route South Africa Sedgefield in the Garden Route is an ideal family destination in which to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, situated on the stunning coastline between George and Knysna.

Nestling between pine covered hills and beautiful unspoiled beaches, in the heart of the Lakes district and the South African Garden Route.

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. A birdwatchers delight with over 250 listed species.

The lakes in the area form a continuous water plateau, separated from the Indian Ocean by a narrow dune-like strip of land. On the western side of the village lies Swartvlei, by far the largest of the lakes in the district with the estuary forming a safe bathing area for young and old. Gerickes Point on Swartvlei beach, with its beautiful rock formations and pools, is also ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing. There are a number of paragliding sites with magnificent views over the town, lakes and sea.

The estuary and endless beaches offer the bather 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.

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.

It is this that prompts holiday makers to return to Sedgefield year after year. Many have built holiday homes here, coming from places as far afield as the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Canada. A large number of folk are retired professional people and business men who have exchanged the busy social whirl for the unsophisticated and relaxed way of life.

Estate agents in Sedgefield have been very successful in selling quality properties to many visitors from abroad. It is also with their dedication that Sedgefield is growing faster than expected and making it a sought after property investment area.

A fast growing township with municipal status, Sedgefield has a provincial library, 2 schools, several churches, a retirement village and a number of social, cultural and sports associations. It also provides a good infrastructure for both residents and visitors as more businesses open their doors on a frequent basis.

To the east of Sedgefield lies Groenvlei, a freshwater lake famous for bass fishing that forms part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve that stretches across to the Goukamma River estuary at Buffalo Bay, and along the coast.

Fine examples of milkwood trees, some 700-800 years old, and Stinkwoods to name a few, are found along trails at the edge of the lake and in the pristine forest. Some 220 species of birdlife inhabit the coastline, among them the elusive Knysna Loerie, African Fish Eagle and the African Black Oystercatcher.

Activities and Places of interest:

  • Famous Wild Oats Farmers Market (Saturdays) and Scarab Village (daily).
  • Spectacular beaches include Swartvlei, Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth, Myoli, Cola and Platbank.
  • Water sports – yachting, wind surfing, board sailing, canoeing, water skiing and wakeboarding.
  • Hiking trails.
  • Bird watching.
  • Horse-riding.
  • Lagoon, rock and surf fishing and bass fishing.
  • Paragliding.


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