Things To Do in KnysnaThe Elephant Walk
Where? Diepwalle Forest Station, near Knysna, Garden Route
When? Daylight hours. Collect your permit at the station office.
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Start: Diepwalle Forest Station, near Knysna
Finish: Diepwalle Forest Station
Duration: 20 km, roughly 7 hours
Our tip: you can get your walking permit from the office at Diepwalle
Also 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 the whole route. Each of the three paths is marked with a different colour elephant silhouette.
Diepwalle Forest Station lies some 23 km north of Knysna on the R339 to Uniondale. This is the heart of the Knysna forest and the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants.
If you don't manage a glimpse of them, the magic of the giant forest trees will keep you entranced. Look out for the Outeniqua yellowwood, of which there are eight giants. One in particular stands at the Diepwalle picnic area and is known as King Edward VII Tree.
Diepwalle is a one of the Outenique Trail stop off points. Part of the two trails co-incide, so don't be surprised to come across white or yellow shoe prints in amongst coloured elephants on yellow plastic.
Should you want to do only one of the walks, they are as follows:
Elephant 1: 9 km, easy circular route (black elephant markers)
Elephant 2: 8 km, easy circular route (white elephant markers)
Elephant 3: 7 km, moderate circular route (red elephant markers)
One of the highlights is a wonderful rock pool on the white trail.