Garies

Quintessentially Afrikaans – that’s Garies. The Nama people named this area “Th’aries” after the couch grass that grew along the banks of the stream and this was later changed to Garies.

Located on the West Coast Way Wild RouteGaries

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West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

Garies is located on the West Coast Way Wild Route. Decades ago Garies was simply one long street with a church, houses and a shop or two, three with a smattering of houses on the other side as well. The town was built in 1845 along the bank of a stream called Garies, or Th’aries, hence the guttural-sounding name. The land where the town of Garies was built was given to the Dutch Reformed Church by the owner of a farm called Goedeverwagting (it means ‘good expectations’).
The town is at the foot of the Kamiesberg (mountain) and the valley is hemmed in by rugged rocks and mountains.

Garies is nearly halfway on the road from Cape Town to Namibia. Some might say this means it’s, sort of, in the middle of nowhere.
Garies might be in a semi-desert area but in the second half of the year, the flowers that can be seen are breathtakingly beautiful. Don’t be surprised at numerous foreign accents that you hear wherever you walk over this period of time as people from all over the world flock here for this unusual and rewarding experience.

The Skilpad Wild Flower Reserve is just northwest of Garies and forms part of the Namaqua National Park. Look out for daisies – actually, they are impossible to miss in flower season – and tortoises (singular skilpad, plural skilpaaie) on the dirt road of roughly five kilometres that circles the reserve.

Sophia Guest House has wonderfully decorated rooms with plant names such as Olive Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, Koljander (Coriander) and Vinkel (Fennel) but there’s also an Old Bar section with three separate rooms.

Winter days are still warm, wintry nights can be freezing, and in summer it becomes very, very hot.
Time to head back to Cape Town? Stop at Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville!

Find Garies on the West Coast Way Wild Route.

Open 7 days a week
Distance from Cape Town: 445.8 km
Where: N7
Coordinates: 30.5724° S, 17.9887° E
Contact: +27 (0)27 712 8035/6 | www.experiencenortherncape.com

Garies

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes

West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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