Garden Route Trail

Learn about the fascinating ecology of the region as you walk or mountain bike along fynbos, forest and coastal trails.

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Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

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The scope of environmental variation in the Garden Route offers visitors to the region the option of the forest, wetland, dune, Fynbos, estuary, riverine, montane and coastal experiences without having to travel vast distances. It is on this foundation of diversity that we have developed our range of guided walks, mountain biking and birding in the Garden Route. The combination of natural variation fused with our passion for nature and our scientific background has allowed Garden Route Trail to become unsurpassed leaders of informative nature guiding in the Garden Route. uided Day Walks:
Between Mossel Bay and Storms River in the Garden Route, there are endless nature trails. We offer guided nature walks on a variety of trails ranging in distance from 2.5km to 20km. Walking or hiking through the forest, fynbos or along coastal paths, join us to learn more about the rich natural diversity which contributed to the origins of mankind.

Garden Route Trail:
The ideal way to explore the Garden Route and escape the crowds is to join us on a 5-day coastal slackpacking trail between Wilderness and Brenton on Sea. Approximately 58km, the trail links up a diverse route of trails through forest, fynbos, dune thicket and along pristine beaches.

Tailor Made Hiking Safaris:
The Garden Route is a hikers utopia with over 1000km of hiking trails crisscrossing the forests, fynbos and coastal region. At Garden Route Trail we create customized hiking itineraries that ensure spectacular route choice, focus on nature and her intricate workings, personalized care and attention to detail at every level.

Birding Tours:
South Africa boasts over 960 species of birds, with close to 30 endemic species in the Western Cape and the Garden Route. Sharing our passion for birding, we offer tours for all levels of birders both in the Garden Route and Southern Africa.
Whether you are a beginner birder, a birder chasing a tick list or in search of a great image, we offer a guided bird tour to suit your needs.

Mountain Biking:
Mountain biking is the perfect way to explore this diverse and vast region of South Africa. Whether you are looking for a challenging ride or outing for the family, the Garden Route, Overberg and Karoo offer a track or trail for every level of experience.

Coastal Trails:
The Garden Route is synonymous with outdoor activities, in particular, nature walks and hiking. While most guests in the region automatically plan for a forest hike in one of the famed Outeniqua, Knysna or Tsitsikamma Forests, few first-time visitors realize that there are some amazing coastal trails available.

Stretching along the coastal plain south of the formidable Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges and lapped by the waves of the Indian Ocean, these coastal walks open onto a vista of unspoiled coastline extending along an east-west axis from Mossel Bay to Storms River.

St Blaise Trail
Stretching between Mossel Bay and Dana Bay, the St Blaise Trail offers a 9km or 13km unidirectional cliff top walk along a contour line overlooking a rocky coastline interspersed with a few sandy bays.

Starting from either side, it is easiest to begin at the St Blaise Point cave below the Lighthouse and walk westwards towards Dana Bay. From the parking lot, as you climb the stairs to the contour path, look out for the foraging Rock Hyrax’s on the vegetation flanking the pathway.
For the first kilometer, there are various other access points to the trail from the suburbs. The meandering pathway has various offshoots that take you to well-placed viewpoints of the rust covered cliff faces being pounded by the ocean swells. From this vantage point, it is worthwhile to frequently scan the ocean for Cape Fur Seals and Dolphins and in the winter months, whales.
The coastline contains a number of cave systems which unfortunately are either inaccessible or difficult to reach with the well known Pinnacle Point Cave and it’s respective treasure trove of early hominid research.

For both the 9km and 13km options, the trail traverses the Pinnacle Point Golf Course which requires hikers to sign in at a security hut at the 6km mark and state their intentions of either finishing at the clubhouse or continuing through to exit towards Dana.
Finishing at the clubhouse has the added advantage of refreshments while waiting for a taxi to collect you and return you to the start. Finishing in Dana Bay, there are two options, depending on the tide, namely at the beach parking lot or on Malva Rd.

Logistics :
Eastern Trailhead: GPS: -34.186079°, 22.157423°
• Western Trailhead: GPS: -34.203053°, 22.056097° OR -34.205369°, 22.048896°
• Gradient: Slight
• Difficulty: Medium
• Distance: 9km or 13km
• Trail Type: Coastal contour line
• Trail Format: Uni-directional
• Highlights: Remote, possible marine mammal sightings.
• Tidal planning: Only if planning to start or finish at the Dana Bay beach parking area.
• Vegetation: Coastal fynbos with patches of thicket
• Surface water: None suitable for drinking, carry own supply
• Trail Entrance Fee: Free
• Guided: R480.00/person, excluding taxi service.
• Return Service: 24/7 Taxi – 082 932 5809, between R100.00 and R150.00 per trip, max 5 guests
• Guiding: Walk can be self-guided or guided. For guiding contact Mark at Garden Route Trail

Galjoen Trail:
The Galjoen trail is the epitome of a coastal trail with towering fossil dunes, tidal pools in rocky shelves, secluded bays and kilometers of unspoiled sandy beaches.

Extending between Myoli Beach and Wildside, this trail traverses the Goukamma Nature Reserve and passes towering fossil dune cliffs, spans kilometers of tidal pools and numerous Strandlooper middens with a series of sandy bays interspersed by eroding headlands. There are even fossilized footprints tucked away in the dunes.

As this is a beach walk it is best to plan this walk with the tides in mind. The best times to walk it are during the spring low tides over the full and new moon so that you walk on firm sand at low tide.

Logistics :
Wildside Parking Area : GPS: -34.083249°, 22.958553°
• Myoli Parking Area: GPS: -34.036238°, 22.812346°
• Gradient: Flat along the beach
• Difficulty: Easy to Medium
• Distance: 15km
• Trail Type: Beach
• Trail Format: Unidirectional
• Highlights: Remote, secluded bays, tidal pools, spectacular dune cliffs.
• Tidal planning: Spring high tides can force walkers onto rocky sections at regular intervals
• Vegetation: Coastal fynbos with patches of stunted coastal thicket
• Surface water: None suitable for drinking, carry own supply
• Alternatives Route: combine the eastern section of the trail with the Bushpig Trail for an 8.5km loop.
• NO Dogs allowed – the route is in a nature reserve and in a Marine Protected Area.
• Tide planning: Sedgefield Tides
• Entrance Fee: R40.00 if you include the Bushpig Trail
• Guided: R480.00/person, excluding shuttle service.
• Guiding: Walk can be self-guided or guided. For guiding contact Mark at Garden Route Trail

Robberg Coastal Trail:
Overlooking the Plettenberg Bay, the Robberg Peninsula represents a unique geological attraction with both historical and ecological attractions.

A Cape Nature nature reserve, there are two trails along the perimeter of the peninsula, namely a 7.5km and 4km loops respectively.

Setting off from the parking area, both trails start towards ‘The Gap’ before ascending to a contour path for a panoramic view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains across the azure bay.

After approximately 1.4km the presence of a Cape Fur Seal colony becomes apparent as a strong smell permeates the air. Soon you are able to look down on the colony, which from a modest population of 7 seals in 1983, now exceeds 4000 seals.

While spotting the seals both on the land and swimming along the shoreline is easy, every now and then you are fortunate to see a Great White Shark swimming past. Other marine creatures include Bottlenose Dolphins; Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales (the latter two only during winter months.

After the seal colony, the trail reaches a sand dune and splits with the shorter 4km route turning right down the dune while the longer route continues straight to the point.

Rounding the point on the longer route is more difficult with some minor bouldering just above the shoreline before continuing back on the western flank of the peninsula where it passes the overnight hut before reaching the sand dune that the shorter route descended.

The trails meet again on the Tombola, an hourglass-shaped beach between the mainland and a small island.

A short addition to both trails is to walk the path in a clockwise direction to ‘The Gap’ and then return on the western path tot he parking area.

Logistics :
Parking Area : GPS: -34.100682°, 23.377175°
• The Gap : GPS: -34.101014°, 23.382588°
• Gradient: Slight
• Difficulty: Medium to hard
• Distance: 4km or 7.5km
• Trail Type: Coastal contour line
• Trail Format: Loop
• Highlights: Cape Fure Seal colony, possible marine mammal sightings.
• Tidal planning: Spring high tides can force walkers onto a steep path around the point
• Vegetation: Coastal fynbos with patches of stunted coastal thicket
• Surface water: None suitable for drinking, carry own supply
• Alternatives activities in Robberg Nature Reserve: Visit Nelsons Cave for historical archeology or visit the beach west of the Gap for a swim.
• Entrance Fee: R40.00
• Guided: R480.00/person, excluding taxi service.
• Return Service: 24/7 Taxi – 082 932 5809, between R100.00 and R150.00 per trip, max 5 guests
• Guiding: Walk can be self-guided or guided. For guiding contact Mark at Garden Route Trail

Forest Trails:
The Garden Route has a superb network of trails, particularly forest trails. Between George in the west and Blue Lillies Bush in the east, a network of forest trails exist with a range of distances available.

For medium distance trails, the Groeneweide, Woodcutter 9Km, and Perdekop trails are ideal.

For shorter trails the Woodville Big Tree, Brown-Hooded Kingfisher Trail and Circles in the Forest Trail are ideal

Groeneweide Trail
A superb example of mature Yellowwood climax canopy forest with 7km, 9km, and 13km loops.
The trail starts in the SAASVELD campus east of George.
Highlights :
Mature Outeniqua Yellowood
Mature Hard Pear
Cost :
Guided Walk: R480.00/p
Park Entrance Fee: Free
Equipment: Sturdy walking shoes, daypack, water and snacks, all-weather outer shell and optional walking poles.
There are two water points on all three routes.
Group size: 2 to 15 guests

Woodcutter Trail
A popular forest walk with a 9km loop.
Starting at the Dalene Mathee memorial Big Tree, the route crosses drainage lines and a river and there are two places ideal for swimming in summer.
There are two locations with some spectacular Tree Ferns.
Cost :
Guided Walk: R480.00/p
Park Entrance Fee: between R40.00/p and R72.00/p depending on nationality
Equipment: Sturdy walking shoes, daypack, water and snacks, all-weather outer shell and optional walking poles.
There are two water points on the 9km route.
Group size: 2 to 15 guests.

Perdekop Trail
Set in the Harkerville section between Plett and Knysna, The Perdekop Trail
Cost :
Guided Walk: R480.00/p
Park Entrance Fee: between R32.00/p and R130.00/p depending on nationality.
Equipment: Sturdy walking shoes, daypack, water and snacks, all-weather outer shell and optional walking poles.
There is one water point on the route.
Group size: 2 to 15 guests.

Garden Route Fynbos Walks:
As part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of the Western Cape, the Garden Route has a selection of both mountain and dune Fynbos with some superb trails. Fynbos has evolved as fire climax vegetation and has adapted to flower during the late summer and winter months with floral displays between February and late November. Join us on a guided walk to learn more about this unique botanical system, the smallest of the global floral kingdoms.

Tierkop Trail
This trail is a mountain hike on the southern slopes of the Outeniqa Mountains and passes through a wide range of Fynbos species and offers some superb vistas along the mountain range.
Part of the route traverses reserve managed by Cape Nature and is declared a World Heritage Site to protect Fynbos diversity.
There are two distance options, namely a 12km and an 18km loop with a walking duration of 2.5 and 4.5 hours respectively.
The route climbs from 220m above sea level to 760m above sea level and can encounter a cloud base from 500m.
Cost :
Guided Walk: R480.00/p
Park Entrance Fee: Free
Equipment: Sturdy walking shoes, daypack, water and snacks, all-weather outer shell and optional walking poles. Sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
There are two water points on the route.
Group size: 2 to 15 guests.

Dune Mole Rat Trail
A short to medium distance walk through dune Fynbos in the heart of the coastal lake system of the Garden Route with commanding views of Rondevlei and Swartvlei.
The trail traverses the Rondeveli section of the Garden Route National Park and is situated between Sedgefield and Wilderness.
There are three loops which offer distances of 6km, 8km, and 11km options.
The trails are undulating on firm sandy tracks with reinforced stairs on the steep sections.
Cost :
Guided Walk: R480.00/p
Park Entrance Fee: Free
Equipment: Closed walking shoes, daypack, water and snacks, all-weather outer shell and optional walking poles. Sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
There is no surface water.
Group size: 2 to 15 guests.

Blombos Trail
An iconic dune Fynbos trail through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, Passing through and undulating dune system, the fynbos was recently burnt in the wildfires of June 7th, 2017 and will be spectacular as it regenerates in the coming years.
The Blombis Trail is an iconic Fynbos Trail in the Goukamma Nature Reserve. It is a 14km unidirectional trail between the Goukamma River and Lake Pleasent east of Sedgefield. It can be walked in either direction but is best walked in a westerly direction.
Cost :
Guided Walk: R480.00/p
Park Entrance Fee: R40.00
Equipment: Closed walking shoes, daypack, water and snacks, all-weather outer shell and optional walking poles. Sunhat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
There is no surface water.
Group size: 2 to 15 guests.

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