526 km from the Hyde Hotel - The Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to the Storms River It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world. The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
835 km from The Hyde Hotel - Just a short drive from the popular beaches and seaside towns of the Garden Route lies South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, a place of traditional villages, abundant wildlife, big smiles and no crowds. The Eastern Cape’s biggest draw is its reserves. Moreover, being a malaria-free region, the Eastern Cape is certainly one of the best places for a hassle-free family safari: any visitor on an Eastern Cape safari is sure to enjoy expertly-led game drives in search of big game, the diverse and beautiful scenery, and the agreeable temperate climate.