Day Walks

Guided Ambles and Day Walks

 

 

 

The Cape Floristic Kingdom was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 2004.  In total, the site covers 553 000 hectares of land that is particularly rich in plant species, and represents nearly 20% of Africa's flora.

The guides selected for our AMBLES & DAY WALKS have hiked this area extenstively and are able to provide you with the best possible hiking experience.  Each has an indepth knowledge of the fauna, flora and history of the area and will be able to provide an immersive nature experience to all those who join them!

All the day hikes are circular routes with the exception of the KEURBOOMS TO NATURES VALLEY Hike

 

 

ROBBERG PENINSULA & NELSON’S CAVE HIKING TRAIL

A half day guided walking exploration of the Robberg Peninsula paying particular attention to the palaeontology of Nelson’s Cave. The trails ends around noon with a picnic lunch.  This is an adventurous route that combines tidal beach, some steep tracks and coasteering over rocks and along short ridges.


Cost: R570.00 per person including picnic lunch (Conservation Fees are not included)

Duration: Robberg offers manageable hikes to very strenuous hikes of 5 hours.  There are 3 routes offered which cater for a broad cross section of fitness levels.  Each route varies in duration.

You will need: A pair of trainers or takkies (not boots or sandals), a daypack with sunscreen, hat, swimming costume and a lightweight jacket (just in case)

Where we meet:  Inside the Robberg Cape Nature Car Park - 09h00

 

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DEEP KNYSNA FOREST TRAIL

This guided walk through the deep Knysna indigenous forest with numerous Yellowwood, Blackwood and Stinkwood trees, some known to be around 600 years old, is the largest remaining complex of close canopy forest in Southern Africa.  This is a moist Afromontane Forest (Afro – African, Montane – mountain).  You will enjoy 470 species of flora, 180 species of woody flora and 285 species of herbaceous flora, rich and abundant birdlife and shy forest animals – a place full of history and mystery.  A place where elephants used to roam…. And may still

 

Cost: R570pp including transfers and a carry picnic lunch

Duration: 5 hours hiking (with collections & transfers, allow for an additional 2 hours).  The walk itself is between 8 & 9 kms and is a circular route

What to bring:   Comfortable walking shoes, hat, binoculars, water, insect repellent           

Where we meet: Diepwalle Forestry Station, just outside Knysna at 08h30

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PERDEKOP NATURE TRAIL

The Perdekop Nature Trail is an easy leisurely walk through the indigenous Harkerville forest with gentle forest stream falling into a pool, a great picnic spot halfway along the route. It is easily accessible from the N2, only 18km from Knysna. 

The trail is well established, clearly marked and not undulating. The trail follows an easy path along a circular route. About halfway through the walk you will reach a small dam, no swimming here please as this is drinking water for the area, the trail turns right and goes down to a pool at a waterfall below the dam. This is a great place to stop, rest, snack and here you may also swim. There are a wide variety of fungi in all kinds of colours throughout the walk in the forest and also many other interesting vegetation.
Take your camera and take your time and enjoy this lovely hike.

 

Cost: R570pp including transfers and a carry picnic lunch

Duration: 5 hours hiking (with collections & transfers, allow for an additional 2 hours). The walk itself is between 8 & 9 kms and is a circular route

What to bring:   Comfortable walking shoes, hat, binoculars, water, insect repellent           

Where we meet: We meet at 09h00 at the Harkerville Forestry Station. 

From Knysna, take the N2 towards Plettenburg Bay. At the Sasol petrol station, about 17km out, turn right and follow the gravel road to the Harkerville Forest Station (right at the fork about 1km down the road) 

Coordinates: S34 02.848 E23 13.851 

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NATURES VALLEY: KALANDERKLOOF & UITSIG

We head up Kalander Kloof through indigenous forest (hence the trail's name after the Outeniqua yellow wood) before exiting into fynbos with views across the lagoon and the surrounding kloofs.

From here, we wander through a cathedral of Outeniqua Yellow woods on the eastern banks of the Groot River that follows the river to its mouth and onto the beach as far as The Gully. The trail then links up with the end of Otter Trail, but in reverse. It heads out to the Point from where there are incredible views along the coast. Where dolphins and whales can be seen frolicking in the waves. On the return the trail crosses the mouth of the river, meandering along the opposite bank back to the starting point.

Cost:  R500pp including a light picnic lunch which we carry with us

Duration: approx 2.5 hours (5kms) A circular route.

What to bring:  A pair of trainers or takkies (not boots or sandals), a daypack with sunscreen, hat, mozzie repellent, swimming costume and a lightweight jacket

Where to meet: de Vasselot Camp Site - 09h00

 

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KRANSHOEK COASTAL TRAIL

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.

This is a walk to savour; take your time, take a back pack with water and perhaps a picnic lunch.

Cost:  R650pp including a light picnic lunch which we carry with us

Duration: Approx 5 to 6 hours  / 9 kms (a fairly strenuous walk)

What to bring:  A pair of cross trainers or takkies (not boots or sandals), a daypack with sunscreen, hat, mozzie repellent, swimming costume, water, a lightweight jacket and binoculars

Where to meet: On the coast between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Take the Kranshoek road off the N2 and travel for around 10km. The road to Kranshoek is well sign posted, leave your vehicle at the picnic site 

 

 Check with our booking office on the availability of guide for all our Trails

info@venturebeyond.co.za

 

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