Spanning a 300 kilometre stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa and extending from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape, the Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. An extremely diverse fauna and flora, numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast as well as big five game reserves, make this a popular tourist destination. It includes iconic South African towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.