Oubaai is the golfing capital of the resplendent Garden Route area, along the eastern coastline of the Western Cape in South Africa. The South African Garden Route is known worldwide for being one the premier holiday and relaxation hotspots. Flanked by the regal mountain ranges that overlook sparkling lakes, rivers and lagoons that sweep out to the thick lush of the never ending indigenous forests, Oubaai is the sparkling jewel in the Garden Routes Crown.

George, Garden Route, South Africa

This breath taking collection of some of Mother Nature’s finest offerings is also famous for being home to some of the most luxurious golfing accommodations on the coast, like the Hyatt Regency Oubaai hotel. Tucked away in the most beautiful setting in Herolds Bay in George, the Hyatt is the exclusive golf resort and spa that everyone always talks about.

A world class signature golf course designed by non-other than world champion and legendary South African golfer, Ernie Els brings golfing enthusiasts from all over the world to experience luxury and tranquillity at its best.

But this region of the Garden Route is also famous for having some of the most incredible outdoor activities in the region and is very popular among holiday makers who love hiking, nature and spending time outdoors. There is an abundance of exciting outdoor activities people can choose from – anything from treetop tour adventures to walking with elephants, to name but a few.

But one of the most popular activities in the region is walks and hiking – and what better way to explore than on foot. And for the serious hikers there is something extra special for them too.

The Heritage Hiking Trail has long been a sought after track, taking hikers through a whopping 8 kilometres of magic. In and out of the lavish indigenous forests lies carpets of abundance in biodiversity and it is just heaving with nature and wild life. Visitors have the opportunity to experience chirping tree frogs, the legendary Knysna Loerie and a bird life so resplendent and numerous it will take your breath away.

The trail also makes tracks through areas where the fynbos is at its thickest – spilling out in copious amounts and diversity along the way. The trail is available at no cost, for anybody who is an experienced hiker or fit walker to experience.

Another popular walk, which is a bit easier for those who prefer a bit more of a stroll, is the one through the Garden of Eden, just on the outskirts of Herolds Bay and a few minutes away in Plettenberg Bay. It is often included with a boat tour and lunch, which is a great way to see the sights and experience some of the finest offerings of the region if you are short on time when visiting.

Literally a few minutes’ drive away from the luxury golf resort brings you to the sparkling shores of Herolds Bay Beach. It is sheltered and ideal for walks right throughout the year – the region is well known for its spectacular weather throughout the seasons. There are a number of walks and trails and is the best way to spot whales during whale season and see the dolphins frolicking in the bay.

Bird lovers will be literally spoilt for choice with all the bird watching spots along the beach. You can go down to the beach every single day and never see the same thing twice.