Plett Trail - 3 & 4 Star Lodge Accommodation

PLETT TRAIL LODGE OPTION

 

Rates: R10 950 per person sharing (+30% single supplement)

(Maximum 12 pax per group)

 

Included in the Trail cost:

  • Accommodation at 3 / 4 star country lodges
  • Breakfast and dinner every day of the trail
  • Gourmet picnic lunches
  • Professional guides
  • All internal transfers
  • Park fees
  • All listed activities including lunch at Bramon Wine Estate
  • Collections and returns to and from the Plett airport

Not included:

  • Optional activities
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages

Accommodation:

  • Night 1 & 2:  Christiana or Whalesong Lodge
  • Night 3 & 4: Formosa Bay Hotel or Bitou River Lodge

 

Please Note: 

  • Accommodation at the above lodges during peak season is subject to availability.  Similar 3 or 4 star graded establishments will be secured should these not be available. 
  • Additional tariffs may apply when preference is made for higher graded lodges.
  • Trail rates do not include the cost of laundry and alcoholic beverages, which are for your own account.

 

ITINERARY 

Day 1              Christiana Lodge or Whalesong Hotel

15h00              Check in at Lodge

                        (Airport collections & transfers to hotel)

17h30              Plett Trail Introduction by host, Grahame Thomson

19h00              Dinner – Lodge restaurant

                        Overnight at Christiana or Whalesong Lodge

 

Day 2              Keurbooms to Natures Valley

08h00              Breakfast & debrief, meet your guides

10h30              Transfer to Keurbooms for trail start

                        Full morning trail along the coast  to Forest Hall

13h00              Picnic lunch

14h30              Afternoon forest hike from Forest Hall to Natures Valley

17h30              Transfer back to Lodge

                        Dinner in Lodge restaurant

                        Overnight at Christiana or Whalesong Hotel

 

Day 3              Kranshoek Coastal Hike

08h00              Breakfast and briefing on the days excursion

09h00              Transfer to Kranshoek

                        Full morning hike along the coastal Kranshoek Trail

                        Picnic lunch en route

15h30               Return to Christiana / Whalesong for check out

17h00               Check in - Formosa Bay or Bitou River Lodge

19h00               Dinner at Lodge

                        Overnight at Formosa Bay or Bitou River Lodge                  

 

Day 4              Circles in the Forest - Rheenendal

07h00              Breakfast & debrief on days activities

08h30              Transfer to SANParks Rheenendal for tour start

09h30              Circles in the Forest Tour with Meagan Vermaas

14h00              Lunch: Bramon Wine Estate

17h00              Sundowner cruise on Keurbooms River

18h00             Return to lodge for dinner and overnight

 

Day 5              Robberg Peninsula

07h30              Breakfast and days debrief

08h30              Transfer to Robberg Peninsula

09h00              Full morning hike around the Robberg Peninsula

13h00             Picnic lunch at Robberg Nature Reserve

                       Transfer back to Lodge for check out

Farewell, trail end

 

TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

DAY 2:    KEURBOOMS TO NATURES VALLEY TRAIL

Where                         Keurbooms to Natures Valley

What to bring              Comfortable walking shoes, swimming costume, binoculars

Features                      Fynbos and coastal forest, sandy beaches and an estuary

Distance                      12km

Difficulty                      Fairly strenuous, moderate fitness required

Time                            6 hours

Trail Description      

The trail begins at the picnic site at Keurbooms beach. The first part of the walk is along the beautiful coast line up to Forest Hall where you will enjoy a picnic lunch.             

The trail then goes through typical coastal Fynbos, but this soon gives way to forest as one nears Salt River. Typical tree species include Yellowwoods, False Saffron and Candlewood. On this walk, keep a look out for a variety of wildlife – bushbuck, bushpig, vervet monkeys, baboon and the cape Clawless Otter are common to the area, as well as Fish Eagle, Kingfishers and numerous coastal pelagic species. The hike passes Blue Rocks and culminates on the Natures Valley beach.

 

DAY 3:    KRANSHOEK COASTAL TRAIL

Where                         On the coast between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

What to Take               Comfortable walking shoes, hat, swimming costume, binoculars, refreshments, repellent.

Features                      Forest, coastal Fynbos, rocky shoreline, stunning coastal views.

Distance                      12km

Difficulty                      Fairly strenuous, moderate fitness required

Time                            5 to 6 hours

Trail Description

This is possibly the most beautiful walking trail on the Garden Route and not to be missed if you want to experience the stunning landscapes of the southern Cape coast line. From the picnic site, the trail drops steeply into the Kranshoek valley. There are numerous interpretive boards on the trail, giving simple ecological explanations to the botany and ecology. 

The vegetation becomes dense with a high canopy of trees due to the moisture off the sea and then unexpectedly one reaches the beach. The trail then turns eastwards along the beach, which is totally unspoilt and almost always devoid of human beings, enjoy the solitude and beauty.   After a couple of kilometres on the beach, the trail turns west up the escarpment and be prepared for long strenuous climb through the beautiful coastal Fynbos and back to the picnic site

 

DAY 4:    CIRCLES IN THE FOREST TRAIL

Where                         SANParks Rheenendal

What to Take               Comfortable walking shoes, hat, swimming costume, binoculars, refreshments, repellent.         

Distance                      4km

Time                            3 to 4 hours

Trail Description

Around 100 years ago, Knysna experienced a short lived gold rush. The Millwood trail provides one the opportunity to walk through this past and visualize the lives of the miners who ventured into these forests to find their fortunes. Unfortunately, most of the mining village which had a hotel, post office, bank and general dealer no longer exist.

The hike through the indigenous forest and fynbos is stunning; a small stream flows perennially and the forest is silent, lush and cool. You will pass numerous mine shafts, a graveyard and small museum which on reflection will bring home the difficulties these early pioneers had to endure.

 

DAY 5:    ROBBERG PENINSULA TRAIL

Where                         Plettenberg Bay

What to Take               Comfortable walking shoes, swimming costume, binoculars, refreshments, repellent.

Features                      Spectacular views of the rocky coastline,Nelson’s cave and its 160 000 year old  palaeontology site

Distance                      2,2km The Gap/5.6km White sands/11km The Point

Difficulty                      The entire 11 km trail to The Point is extremely difficult

Time                            1hour, 2 hours and 6 hours

Trail Description

The Robberg peninsula is also known as the “Cape Point” of the Garden Route, due to its spectacular natural beauty and diverse marine ecology. Set in a Marine Protected Area, three trails are set out in a clockwise direction. We will decide on the day which trial to follow but recommend the half day trail due to our timing.

While walking you are likely to see dolphins and or hump back whales on the north homeward route, seals and even great white sharks. Pelagic bird species are plentiful and in abundance

Day 5 Optional Activities

These can replace the Robberg hike, but are at your own cost and not included in the trail package;

  • Hog Hollow (half day) Horse Trail & lunch at Newstead Wine Estate (R1500.00pp)
  • Keurbooms Kayaking & lunch at Thyme & Again (R450.00pp)

 

All trails are led by highly experienced eco guides who will provide you with an indepth understanding of the environment and marine ecology of the area

What you need to Bring

  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Anorak and jersey
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Rucksack for water and picnic lunches

 

YOUR TRAIL LEADERS

Plett Trail Founder & Host:  Grahame Thomson (Co-Host: Frank Carlisle)
Trail guides:  Sarah or Hardy
Support guide:  Luckz or Peter
Palaeontology:  Grahame Thomson
Kayaking:  Johan Loots
Horse Trail:  Debbie Fermor
Trail Presentation:  Grahame Thomson
Circles in the Forest Tour:  Meagan Vermaas