Hiking

Hiking in the Garden Route

Garden Route Hiking : www.gardenroute.co.za

There are numerous hiking trails in and around the Garden Route.

A number of trails close to the property include:

KNYSNA

BRENTON-ON-SEA BEACH WALK

starting point: Brenton-on-sea
end Buffalo Bay or walk back
distance: 7 km
duration: 2 hours
rating: easy
permit: none
features: sandy beaches

JUBILEE CREEK FOREST WALK

starting point: parking area
end circular route
distance: 3.6 km
duration: 1 hour
rating: easy
permit: self-issued permit at start
features: Indigenous forest, stream and swimming hole, one of largest trees in the area

MILLWOOD GOLDMINE TRAIL

starting point: Millwood picnic spot
end circular route
distance: 5.6 km
duration: 2 hours
rating: moderate
permit: self-issued permit at start
features: Remains of old mining village, museum, graveyard, plantations fynbos, forest

TERBLANS GOLDMINE TRAIL

Starting point: parking area
end circular route
distance: 6.5 km
duration: 2 hours
rating: easy
permit: self-issued
features: tall forest and swimming hole

THE ELEPHANT TRAILS

Starting point: In front of Diepwalle forest station
end 3 circular routes
distance: 9 km/8 km/7 km
duration: 2 hours 30 min/2 hours/2 hours 30 min
rating: easy
permit: pay entrance fee
features: tall beautiful forest, many large Yellowwood trees

WITELS FOREST WALK

starting point: parking area
end circular route
distance: 2 km
duration: 30 min
rating: easy
permit: self-issued permit at start
features: fairly open forest

WOODCUTTERS TRAIL
starting point: Krisjan se nek picnic site
end circular route
distance: 3,1/9 km
duration: 1/3 hours
rating: moderate
permit: self-issued permit R4 per person charged during peak season
features: Unique forest vegetation and swimming

PLETTENBERG BAY

GARDEN OF EDEN FOREST WALK

Starting point: Parking area
end circular route
distance: 1 km
duration: 30 min
rating: easy
features: tall, moist forest with stream, bridges, braai facilities
permit: sign register and pay entrance fee

KRANSHOEK COASTAL WALK

starting point: Picnic site
End circular route
distance: 3 km/9 km
duration: 2 hours/5 hours
rating: difficult
permit: sign register and pay entrance fee
features: forest, plantation, fynbos, coastal escarpment, rock beach, picnic site

ROBBERG NATURE RESERVE

starting point: parking area
end circular route
distance: 2.2 km/5.6 km/9.2 km
duration: 45 min/2 hours/4 hours
rating: easy – difficult
permit: at entrance
features: Forest, plantation, fynbos, coastal escarpment, rock beach and picnic site

MILKWOOD SCENIC TRAILS

starting point: Any point along the route
(Lagoon at central beach)
end circular
distance: 3 km/5 km
duration: 1 hour/2 hours
rating: easy
permit: none
features: forest, beaches, wetlands, historical and scenic town sites

WITTEDRIFT NATURE TRAILS

starting point: Wittedrift High School
end circular route
distance: 1,5- 10 km
duration: 2-8 hours
rating: easy-difficult
permit: none – the overnight hut can be booked at Witttedrift Butchery
features: Wetlands, river,interesting geology, views, fynbos and scrubs (dogs and horse allowed)

NATURES VALLEY NETWORK

(Grootrivier trail/ Kalanderkloof and uitsig trail/ the Point/Apiesrug/picnic site to Salt River Mouth/ The village Viewpoint/ Keurpad, Forest Hall Route and the Rugpad/ Forest Hall to Salt River mouth via coast/ Inland across the Brak river)

starting point: various
end circular routes
distance: 1-6 km
rating: easy-difficult
duration: 1-3 hours
permit: free permit from De Vasselot Camp Site
features: Very tall, beautiful fynbos, luxuriant forest growing in deep valle, magnificent views of whole area, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs

STINKHOUTKLOOF TRAIL

starting point: Parking area at Bloukrans Forest Station
end circular route
distance: 8,4 km
duration: 3 hours
rating: difficult
permit: sign register at entrance
features: pine plantations, forests, valleys and streams

RUGBOS FOREST WALK

Starting point: parking area (eastern side of Bloukrans Pass)
end circular route
distance: 1 km
duration: 30 min
rating: easy
permit: sign register at entrance
features: tall beautiful forest

STORMS RIVER MOUTH TRAILS

starting point: parking area (Tsitsikamma National Park)
end walk back
distance: 1 – 5.6 km
duration: 1 – 3 hours
rating: easy-difficult
permit: pay entrance fee at National Park
features: forest, fynbos, caves, suspension bridge and rugged coast

THE BIG TREE AND RATEL TRAIL

starting point: parking area 3 km west of the Stormsriver Bridge on the R 102 – turn-off to the Big Tree end Circular route
distance: 4.2 km
duration: 1 hour 15 min
rating: average
permit: sign register and pay entrance fee
features: one of the largest Yellowwoods in the country, and a walk through beautiful indigenous forest

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