What are the icons of the Garden Route? There are a few. The adventure activities in the Tsitsikamma, Storms River Mouth, the view over the Beacon Isle Hotel with Robberg in the distance, the Knysna forest, the lakes around Sedgefield and Wilderness, Kaaimans Bridge outside Wilderness (especially when the Choo Tjoe still ran), Outeniqua Pass in George and the Dias Museum in Mossel Bay. I left one out on purpose. Probably (one of) the biggest icon on the Garden Route must be the Knysna Heads and, directly linked to it, the Knysna Lagoon - which is actually an estuary.
Road tripping to Cape Town and spending the night in Knysna was the perfect excuse for a drive up to the view site on top of the Knysna Heads. Located on the Eastern Head, it has a breathtaking view of the Western Head and the opening into the Knysna Lagoon.
The Eastern Head is mostly a upmarket residential area where most of the houses have views we can only dream of. The Western Head area is part of the Featherbed Nature Reserve so the area is protected and not developed. Thank goodness.
Another view site just down the road gives one this magnificent view of the lagoon with Leisure Isle in the middle and the town in the distance. It was a greyish day so I just slapped it with a bit of HDR for the effect.