The Garden Route is synonymous with outdoor activities, in particular nature walks and hiking. While most guests to the region automatically plan for a forest hike in one of the famed Outeniqua, Knysna or Titstikamma Forests, few first time visitors realize that there are some amazing coastal trails to explore. Stretching along the coastal plain south of the formidable Outeniqua and Titsikamma mountain ranges and … Continue reading 4 Must do Coastal Day Walks in the Garden Route
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.
The Garden Route abounds with day walks. For hikers wanting to immerse themselves in pristine indigenous in close proximity to Knysna, the two Woodcutter Trails will revitalize your entire being. Continue reading Woodcutter Trail – Circles in the Forest
If, while in the Garden Route, you are looking for a short relaxing beach walk to explore some rock pools, Gericke’s Point near Sedgefield should be penciled into your itinerary. Ideal for snorkeling, birding and photography, it is a easy 3.2km round trip from the Swartvlei beach parking area. Continue reading Gericke’s Point
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
The rugged coastline of the Titsikamma can be hiked from Storms River. For those not inclined to do the renowned Otter Trail, there are two easier half day walks, one to the suspension bridge and the Waterfall Walk. Continue reading Storms River
This is a moderate forest walk. Starting from the Ebb and Flow rest camp east of the village of Wilderness in the Garden Route. The trail follows the course of the Touw River to a series of cascades forming two waterfalls and three rock pools amongst large granite boulders. There are two methods of reaching the cascades. The simplest is to walk, starting from the … Continue reading Giant Kingfisher Trail