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There are a lot of nooks and crannies on the Garden Route that can sometimes go unnoticed by even the most seasoned visitor.

Aloes overlooking rich sunsets, waves for the perfect surf, a storybook cave dwelling and the sweetest treats made by locals. 

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Here's what you need to know about these beautiful, interesting and slightly thrilling spots.

Carmel Guest Farm: Just outside of George overlooking Victoria Bay, this faith-based wellness retreat is geared towards introspection among the aloes and connecting with the universe.

Victoria Bay: A surfer hotspot, a row of holiday homes available for rental tightly hugs the ocean and has a tiny beach and tidal pool for those who don't want to take on the waves.

fishing from a pier

Victoria Bay. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

Sedgefield Market: Every Saturday the whole Garden Route descends upon the small town's petrol station surrounded by three markets filled with local goodness.

The Kaaimans Grotto: The way to this weird spot with stunning coastal views is via the abandoned railway track with easy access from Wilderness Beach - but take care with valuables and always go in a group as there have been safety issues. 

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abandoned railway tunnel

Through the Looking Glass. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

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