Knysna, Garden Route

Blombos Trail

Hiking Trails in or near Knysna, Garden Route in the Garden Route, South Africa.

Things To Do in KnysnaBlombos Trail

Hiking Trails

Where? Goukamma Nature Reserve, Knysna, Garden Route

When? Best during daylight hours.

How much? Price on request

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Knysna, in Garden Route

Start: Goukamma Nature Reserve
Finish: Goukamma Nature Reserve
Duration: 15 km
Fitness: moderate
Our tip: Blombos is one of six trails you can choose from in the Goukamma Nature Reserve

The Goukamma Reserve might be small but the access to dense coastal forest rich with milkwood, yellowwood and candlewood trees, the Goukamma River and estuary, access to Groenvlei lake, some of the highest vegetated dunes in the country, 18 km of deserted coastline, and a range of birds that includes the rare African black oystercatcher, makes it well worth a visit..

The Blombos Trail's design is aimed primarily at bird spotters. It also has three different options: a short route (6.5 km), medium route (13 km) and long route at 15 km (all of them circular).

Highlights include: the ocean, fynbos walking, panoramic views from inclines, beach walking, seaside pools, miles of uninterrupted sand, and little else.

The Blombos hiking route starts from the reserve's second entrance (Groenvlei turn-off), taking you almost immediately across the large dune visible from the N2. The views from the lake from here are exceptional.

Combining the Blombos with the Cape Clawless Otter route makes a good 20 km day's hike, but you will need an early start. Keep an eye on the tides, as some places are difficult to pass during high tide.

Other routes in the Goukamma include the Porcupine, Bush-pig, Galjoen, Cape Clawless Otter and Buffalo Bay trails. Blombos is the longest of the trails at 15 km.

The Goukamma Nature Reserve lies between Knysna and Sedgefield on the Garden Route. Follow sign posts from the N2. Take the Buffalo Bay turn-off. You don't need to book ahead to hike, but you will need a hiking permit from the reserve.

Go in September/October when the spring flowers add colour to the fynbos.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Knysna

Cape Explorers Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

Cape Explorers Lodge

Cape Explorers Lodge is an owner run bed and breakfast establishment that offers comfortable, cozy, home-away-from-home ... more

Bluesky Backpacker & Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

Bluesky Backpacker & Lodge

Located in the Garden Route town of Knysna, Bluesky Backpackers and Lodge offers a variety of accommodation from en-suite ... more

Ebbtide House on Thesen Island

Self Catering

Ebbtide House on Thesen Island

Ebbtide House is situated on beautiful Thesen Islands on the famous Knysna Lagoon. This home is located in the Parkland ... more

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