Disrance : 10km
Altitude Range : 183m to 223m
Habitat : Forest
Duration : 3 to 3.5 hours.
Entrance fee : R30.00 for SA and R95.00 for international hikers.
The Perdekop Trail is a gem of a forest trail in the Harkerville forest section of the Garden Route National Park east of Knysna.
The route passes through sections of mature tall closed canopy Afro-montane Forest with Hard Pear (Olinia ventosa) one of the dominant climax species. Also in abundance are Stinkwood (Ocotea bullata) and White Elder (Platylophus trifoliatus).
Guiding guests on the trail in the last week of February there were plenty of spider webs spanning the path with a mixture of Silver vlei, Bark and Kite spiders.
Birding was difficult, though there was a continuous chorus in the canopy with Green Wood-hoopoe, Grey Cuckooshrike, Black-headed Oriole, Black-backed Puffback and Knysna Woodpecker clearly heard while Lemon Doves regularly flushed from the forest floor.
At the 5km marker the trail reaches a river crossing above a small waterfall. A rough track leads down to the base of thw waterfall with a shallow pool ideal for swimming.
The route is well marked with distance markers every kilometer. The trails sign is a horses head and the nose indicates the direction at intersections. The trail does share sections of forest path with both mountain bike routes and the Harkerville Trail.
For a guided walk on the trail contact Mark from Garden Route Trail