Overcoming ecological ignorance while travelling.

Recently I read a social media post where the account holder slated one of the trails in the Garden Route. Her complaint is that, just because a trail is established doesn’t make it worthwhile walking and that, for her, it was a boring trail. The trail she was slating was one of the Elephant Trail loops at Diepvalle. I was amazed. All three of the … Continue reading Overcoming ecological ignorance while travelling.

Garden Route Day Walks – Tierkop Trail to George Dam

The Garden Route is often perceived as being synonymous with forest and coastal thicket, but once you move up the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains you emerge into the vivid landscape of the Fynbos with it’s diversity of floral display. From the coastal towns of Wilderness and Sedgefield the northern skyline is broken by the towering Craddock, George and Tierkop peaks. While Tierkop is not … Continue reading Garden Route Day Walks – Tierkop Trail to George Dam

Garden Route Day Walks – Hiking to George Dam via Tierkop.

The Garden Route is often perceived as being synonymous with forest and coastal thicket, but once you move up the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains you emerge into the vivid landscape of the Fynbos with it’s diversity of floral display. From the coastal towns of Wilderness and Sedgefield the northern skyline is broken by the towering Craddock, George and Tierkop peaks. While Tierkop is not … Continue reading Garden Route Day Walks – Hiking to George Dam via Tierkop.

Killing the trees slowly with your love. 

Trees are amazing, spectacular, ingenious, astounding and magnificent. Trees sustain, recycle and contribute to our very existence. Trees house us, clothe us and heal us. Yet, many, in the lustful moment of attempting to immortalize an ephemeral passion of eros, carve insignificant initials into the bark of trees. Initials that on average linger long after the amour that inspired their carving has evaporated to nothing. … Continue reading Killing the trees slowly with your love. 

Garden Route Trail Run – Goukamma Traverse 2016

This Easter weekend, if you are looking for a medium distance trail run through pristine wilderness in the Garden Route, the Goukamma Traverse Trail Run near Sedgefield should be your first option. Continue reading Garden Route Trail Run – Goukamma Traverse 2016

Natural wonders of the Garden Route – some recent discoveries along a five day Wilderness Trail.

Each time we hike the Garden Route Trail, a five day coastal hike between Wilderness and Brenton on Sea, we discover a host of natural wonders. Continue reading Natural wonders of the Garden Route – some recent discoveries along a five day Wilderness Trail.

Groeneweide Trail

If you are looking for a remote pristine forest walk in the Garden Route, you will be hard pressed to top the Groeneweide Trail Red Route. This morning, I set out with Jill, a guest from the US, for the 15km walk. After signing the self issue permit, we followed the trail down to the river through dappled light and a chorus of bird song. … Continue reading Groeneweide Trail