Hiking Trails in Garden Route

The Garden Route runs parallel to a coastline featuring lakes, mountains, indigenous forests, rivers and golden beaches. Show on Map

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Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail

Where? Natures Valley
Start: near the tea room in Natures Valley Finish: circular route Duration: 5 kms Fitness: moderate Our tip: get your map and permit from the office at De Vasselot campsite Natures Valley takes you into ...

Grysbok and Bushbuck Trails

Where? Heidelberg
Start: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near the little village of Suurbraak or Heidelberg Finish: Grootvadersbosch Reserve Duration: various Fitness: moderate Our tip: their campsite, which has only a ...

Hike the Otter Trail

Where? Nature's Valley
The Otter Trail follows the magnificent Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The trail is 42,5 kms long and takes 4 to 5 days to complete. The ...

Kranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail

Where? Plettenberg Bay
Start: Kranshoek picnic site, Kranshoek Nature Reserve Finish: Kranshoek picnic site Duration: 9 km, 5 hours Fitness: fit (this is a challenging hike) Our tip: There is an alternative 4 km route up to the ...

Hiking the Robberg Peninsula

Where? Plettenberg Bay
Start: parking area at the Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve Finish: parking area Duration: three circular routes, ranging from 2 km to 11 km Fitness: the 11 km route is challenging Our tip: take your ...

The Harkerville Hike

Where? Plettenberg Bay
The two day Harkerville hike starts gently; following paths through the forest that criss cross over horse and bike trails. However, the hard work starts as you reach the chain section. Not for the faint ...

Buffalo Bay Trail

Where? Knysna
If you are feeling active and want a stunning location to burn that energy or simply take a gentle walk then why not get on the Buffalo Bay Trail in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in Buffels Bay. This 4.2 ...

St Blaize Hiking Trail

Where? Mossel Bay
The Garden Route, specifically the area around Mossel Bay, is home to the breath-taking vistas offered by the St. Blaize Hiking Trail. This trail begins at the cave just below the St. Blaize Lighthouse and ...

Drupkelders Hiking Trail

Where? Knysna
Get your family together, pack a picnic, bring along your swimming costumes and get on the Drupkelders Trail. This fantastic forest trail is about 40 minutes long with the last 10 minutes being quite steep ...

Point of Human Origins Experience

Where? Mossel Bay
'We know from genetic research that all people alive today are descendants of the core population of less than a thousand individuals who lived in Africa between 150 000 and 200 000 years ago – and what we've ...

Stinkhoutkloof Hike

Where? Plettenberg Bay
Start: Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest, between Plettenberg Bay and Humansdorp Finish: Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest Duration: 8 km Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: no need to ...

Perdekop Hiking Trail

Where? Harkerville
Start: Harkerville Forest Station Finish: Harkerville Forest Station Duration: 9.5 km, roughly 4 hours, a circular route Fitness: you need to be able to finish the hike, but it isn't difficult Our tip: ...

Groeneweide Trail

Where? George
Start: Saasveld campus, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University End: the Kaaimans River Duration: 7 – 15 km Fitness: relatively easy Our tip: you will find self-issue permits at the start of the trail just ...

Goukamma Nature Reserve Trails

Where? Sedgefield
The Goukamma Nature Reserve has a number of breathtaking trails (literally!) Stroll through the Milkwood forests and beach area where phenomenal dune vegetation grows. The coastline stretches for about 14 ...

The Elephant Walk

Where? Knysna
Start: Diepwalle Forest Station, near Knysna Finish: Diepwalle Forest Station Duration: 20 km, roughly 7 hours Fitness: moderate Our tip: you can get your walking permit from the office at ...

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