Favourite Drives on the Garden Route | Phantom Pass

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There is so much natural beauty and scenery to take in on the Garden Route that we often find ourselves just driving and taking it all in, without a planned itinerary for the day!

One of our favourite routes is the mystical ‘Phantom Pass’ between George and Knysna which follows a 7.4 kilometre route, which descends through indigenous forest. The pass ends near the Knysna River Lagoon. Pack a thermos of coffee and some biscuits and enjoy the smells and sights of the forest!

The Phantom Pass is one of the “Seven Passes” constructed by Thomas Bain and Adam De Smidt between George and Knysna in the 1800’s. The Phantom Pass is named after the beautiful grey and brown phantom moths which arrive in the area each spring, although there are myths which add to this name. There are legends about it also being named after a silk spinner from Gouna who died at the top of the pass. Read more details here:

Mountain Passes of South Africa - Phantom Pass