South Africa Outdoor ActivitiesGarden Route Hiking Trails
In the Garden Route you drink in the sights of stunning beaches, majestic rock formations and waterfalls as you hike one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The Garden Route is not only significant for its convenience, since it effectively links the Eastern Cape (Storms River) with the Western Cape (Heidelberg), but it is also a tourist destination in its own right.
The Garden Route is home to a number of popular destination towns; such as Knysna, Storms River, George, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay. There are many attractions and activities along it the Garden Route including the Bloukrans Bridge (the world’s highest commercial bungee jump) and the Knysna Heads.
However, the Garden route is also significant for its magnificent mountain ranges and forests. The Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges provide magnificent backdrops to any road trip. The Tsitsikamma and Knysna indigenous forests are spectacular in their dense lushness and humid tranquillity.
Exploring the mountains and forests on foot is a very special way of experiencing this beauty. There are a number of formal hiking and walking trails in the Garden Route and you will find that Hotels in the Garden Route are plentiful and offer high standard of accommodation. These range from short walks to hikes that span several days.
The Otter Trail is certainly the best known and most challenging of the Garden Route hikes. Recognised as one of the best routes in the world, it covers a distance of 42.5 kilometres, which takes five days to complete. The Otter Trail extends from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley, showcasing some of the most exquisite coastal, mountain and forest vistas imaginable.
Popular Hiking Trails in the Garden Route
The Otter Trail
Where? Natures Valley
Undoubtedly the best known and most popular of the South African hiking trails, the Otter Trail must rank alongside the best trails in the world. The Otter Trail follows the spectacular Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's...
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The Elephant Walk
Known as the Elephant Walks this hike is pretty demanding, purely because of the distance covered, although it is pretty much all on the flat. It has been divided up into three shorter routes and colour coded, for those who don't want to do...
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Where? Mossel Bay
The Koumasoek Circuit is a hiking trail for the fit and experienced hiker, due to its arduous and long trail. With steep climbs and 14.7 km long length, this trail is not for the faint-hearted, although the natural beauty of unspoilt indigenous...
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Point Shack Trail
Where? Plettenberg Bay
The Robberg Nature Reserve is perched along the Garden Route at Plettenberg Bay, and is a fabulous hub of natural beauty and exciting species. The Point Shack was situated on the eastern point of the reserve, showing off the splendour of the...
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