Explore the natural beauty of the Knysna Garden route on a guided walking day tour of the Knysna Forests, dramatic Cape coast or impressive mountains. GoTrekking guides share their knowledge of the natural world while taking you hiking on pristine beaches over rugged Outeniqua mountains or through indigenous Tsitsikamma forests. There are guided day hikes in the Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley, Storms River and George areas to suit all levels of hiker and nature enthusiast. Email us for details.
GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED MOUNTAIN WALKS NEAR GEORGE
The Outeniqua Mountains near George and Knysna are a spectacular division between the coastal plains on the Southern side of the peaks and the start of the Karoo on the North. From the summits of the mountains you’ll have views over both areas and be able to examine the varied natural habitats specific to either aspect of the range.
GEORGE PEAK 1337m AND CRADOCK’S BERG 1579m
Hike to the summit of these Outeniqua peaks that form the backdrop to the town of George. If you’re keen for uninterrupted 360 degree vistas of the Karoo, Coastal plains, ocean & forest then you’ll love this hike. An altitude gain of 1330m means you work for the views but the splendor is worth it. It is a full day.
PASS TO PASS
A gentler half day alternative to the Peak hike, this scenic walk takes you through montane fynbos from the top of the Montagu Pass via Losberg 852m with it’s beautiful views of the Outeniqua Mountains, the Keur & Malgas River Gorges to the top of the Outeniqua Pass.
GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED COASTAL AND BEACH WALKS
The Cape coast is picturesque & interesting, the dunes ranging from active to fossilized are home to a variety of animals, birds & specialized plants. GoTrekking Africa will guide you along the fascinating coast, pointing out the delights of these intricate ecosystems. Beach walks are best enjoyed at low tide to maximize the time to explore tidal pools & enjoy the wide beaches, so times may vary, join us on a half or full day Coastal Walk.
SWARTVLEI BEACH & TIDAL POOLS – WILDERNESS/ SEDGEFIELD
The wind sculpted dunes and rugged cliffs form a beautiful back drop for this unspoiled beach and fascinating tidal pools. As the sea rolls back at low tide, all the treasures hidden in the tidal pools are revealed; baby fish, octopus, starfish, sea snails and crabs are just some of the brightly coloured wonders we can show you.
ROBBERG PENINSULA – PLETTENBERG BAY AREA (FULL OR HALF DAY OPTIONS)
Weathered by wind & water, this unique peninsula has it all from sandy beaches, massive coastal cliffs, fynbos & fascinating caves bearing evidence of thousands of years of climate change & habitation. You could see seals, sharks, whales, dolphins from the top of the spectacular cliffs
KRANSHOEK – PLETTENBERG BAY AREA
A varied route that offers the shade of indigenous forest and plantations, magnificent gorge views of the Kranshoek River, swimming in a natural ocean pool or Crooks River, rugged pebble beaches & coastal crags. This is a beautiful half day walk with great diversity of habitat & scenery.
GROENVLEI TO GOUKAMMA – SEDGEFIELD/ BUFFALO BAY AREA
A varied trail starting at the Goukamma Reserve near Buffalo bay, crossing an estuary, walk through an indigenous milkwood forest, take a scenic detour to the beach, & enjoy spectacular views of the lakes from the top of the Groenvlei dune to the North. An interesting & beautiful full day hike.
GARDEN ROUTE GUIDED DAY FOREST WALKS
Knysna is famous for the indigenous forest that lies preserved amongst the gorges & mountainous slopes of the Garden Route. Let GoTrekking Africa guide you through these ancient trees, the height & girth of theses ancient giants are a marvel to behold. Forest walking is a fantastic option for those hot summer days, when wandering along the clear streams, moss cover banks often brings encounters with the elusive forest creatures.
HISTORICAL MINE WALK
Deep in the Knysna forests are the remnants of the one of the first Gold Rushes in south Africa, the Gold Rush only lasted 5 years, but the echo’s of the past remain to this day, enjoy a historical tour through the old mines and the forest surrounding them. Half Day.
SO THAT YOU CAN RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR HIKE, GOTREKKING AFRICA GUIDES:
- Arrange park fees and permits
- Provide a tasty nutritious lunch on full day hikes, dietary requirements eg vegetarians are catered for
- Are trained in rescue & carry First Aid
- Are knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, geology & flora of the Garden Route
OPTIONAL EXTRAS INCLUDE:
- Transfers to/ from the Trail Heads
- Equipment hire
- Accommodation reservations