GARDEN ROUTE HOLIDAYS
South Africa is a land of splendor with rich cultural diversity and scenery.
Cape Town has the Big 6 attraction, but the Garden Route is the real deal. A garden route tour will leave your senses fulfilled.
The Garden Route can be done in anything from two to seven days depending on your particular requirement, and available time. Whether you fly into Johannesburg or Cape Town, there is always a way to start the garden route.
Storms River is a place that is truly awe inspiring which makes human beings pale into insignificance compared to nature. It is the best on the garden route in terms of pure natural forest scenery and wild Indian Ocean! Nowhere else on earth is the smell of ocean and forest so unique and refreshing.
Garden Route tours should have at least two days to visit the wonders of Storms River. Bloukrans Bridge is a short distance from Storms River where the highest bungi platform is in the world. This 216 meter (>700 foot) plunge is exciting to watch from the safety of the viewing deck. Storms River Bridge is a little closer to Port Elizabeth; also a real treat to view the gorge below and to use the rest stop facilities. South African holidays certainly offer a lot of diversity in terms of geography, marine environment and biome type.
The rolling grassland outside Port Elizabeth turns into foot hills and larger peaks at the entrance to the Tsitsikamma forest before ending at Plettenberg Bay. Ancient dunes converge on lakes connecting Knysna and Wilderness. This section of the Garden Route is an outdoor enthusiast delight with plenty of kayaking, fishing, birding and many other opportunities.
Technically Oudtshoorn (pronounced oats-horn) is not on the Garden Route, but nobody misses the beauty of the Ostrich Capitol, Oudtshoorn. The capitol of the Little Karoo is only 40 miles from George, and fits in well with a Mossel Bay visit.
Gambling in South Africa
Although casinos weren’t legal in South Africa for many years, gambling is currently very popular with lotto, slot machines, table games, horse racing and so on. In fact, legal casinos and national lotteries were finally allowed in 1994, when proper casino laws were passed and hotels began applying for licenses to establish casino resorts in the country. The South African government realised that the development of its casino resort industry would have boosted the country’s economy, and today South Africa is able to offer casino resorts that have become famous worldwide.
As the industry has grown so much over the years, the government has decided to work on an appropriate legislation for online gambling too. You can choose from a wide array of casino software platforms where slot games are released all the time and play online, which is also a great way to practice before hitting a land-based casino and get an idea of what gambling is all about, if you have never played before.
Some of the best casino resorts in South Africa
One of the oldest and largest South African casinos is the Sun City Resort and Casino which is part of a bigger entertainment complex that includes four hotels - “The Cabanas Hotel”, “The Cascades Hotel”, “The Sun City Hotel”, and “The Palace of the Lost City Hotel” - casinos, restaurants, golf courses, and even an artificial lake with its own beach. The Sun City resort includes, among other gaming facilities, “The Jungle Casino” which offers over 250 slot machines, and the “Sun City Hotel Casino” with over 300 slot machines as well as American roulette, black jack and poker.
Gold Reef City Casino is another excellent stop for players. Located in Johannesburg, it offers a variety of fine restaurants, from the renowned Back O' The Moon restaurant and jazz bar to Italian cuisine, as well as unique gaming entertainment.
Peermont Global is another luxurious casino resort complex in South Africa, including the majestic Emperors Palace casino in Johannesburg with its 66 gaming tables and 1 724 slot machines, and the exciting casino at Umfolozi, KwaZulu Natal, which offers 12 table games include Blackjack, American Roulette and Poker.
Touring Africa to play poker and enjoying the thrills of gambling is destined to become more and more popular, as the already existing casino resorts have attracted a lot of visitors from all over the world proving that the gaming industry can be a great booster for the country’s economy.