Heiderand is located on the Garden Route in the Western Cape
. The Garden Route is one of South Africa's main tourist attractions
and stretch from Mossel Bay
(2.7km away) to St Francis (310km away) along the Indian Ocean.
Not only does it play host to beautiful accommodations, vacation rentals and condo rentals it has 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, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
This popular coastal village is surrounded by a sunbathed peninsula and the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean.
It is a busy summer destination as well as an ideal winter retreat. Heidebrand’s most important feature is its proximity to the historical capital of the Garden Route. Due to its rich history, Mossel Bay, has many museums to visit
, there is the Maritime Museum which focuses on the sailing and ships of the early days of discovery, and it is home to the impressive life-size replica of Bartolomeu Dias's caravel, the ship in which he sailed into Mossel Bay in the year 1488. The Shell Museum houses a very large collection of shells, and demonstrates how they were used by man through the years as tools etc. The Cultural History Museum has many and varied artifacts of historical importance from the area covering various periods in history. Many of these museums were developed within some of the historical buildings in the town. You might even find your accommodation, vacation rental or condo rental to be in a building of historic importance.
Go on a ride with the famous Outeniqua Choo-tjoe Train, the last remaining passenger steam train in Southern Africa
, from George to Mossel Bay or back and enjoy the coastal scenery. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and temperate forest and offer hiking trails, the famous Otter trail and numerous 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. Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are home to the endangered Southern Right Whales that come there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December). Accommodation and vacation rental choices along this route boast spectacular views which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own African lodging.
Halfway between Wilderness (60km away) & Sedgefield
visitors will find the specialist retail centre, Timberlake.
These cabins offers confectionery, cheese, wine, 100% organic health shop, fairy gem, a nursery with four fantastic eateries: Cafe d'Afrique coffee shop, Zucchini restaurant, Oyster Shack and Country Deli. Relax in beautiful gardens, see organic vegetable gardens in action and enjoy the best in local fair.
There is no shortage of all kinds of accommodations and vacation rentals but book ahead on weekends and holiday. Especially during the summer Heiderand and the Garden Route is a popular holiday destination, not only for foreign tourists but also for South Africans.