Plett Trail: Glamping Option

Thursday 9th August - Monday 13th August, 2018

Thursday 20th September - Monday 24th September, 2018

Thursday 11th October  - Monday 15th October, 2018

Thursday 29th November - Monday 3rd December, 2018

 

Rates: R9 850 per person sharing 

(Minimum 4 / Maximum 14 pax per group)

 

Venture Beyond provides;

  • Tented accommodation at Diepwalle Forestry Station and Natures Valley
  • Our tents sleep two pax & are 2.5m x 2.5m x 1.8m high, dome tents
  • Bed, bed linen, bath towel, bedside table and night light
  • Breakfast and dinner every day of the trail
  • Gourmet picnic lunches
  • Professional guides and tour leaders
  • All internal transfers
  • Park fees
  • All listed activities
  • Hot showers with clean, hygenic facilities
  • Collections and returns to and from the Plett airport

 

Not included in the tour price;

  • Optional activities
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages (we do provide an honesty bar!)

 

Accommodation;

  • Nights 1 & 2: Diepwalle Forestry Station
  • Nights 3 & 4: Natures Valley Campsite

 

 

ITINERARY 

Day 1: Diepwalle SANParks Campsite

15h00: Arrival at Venture Beyond Offices

Airport collections & transfers to Diepwalle Forestry Station, from Plett Airport

Client vehicles to remain at secured parking at Venture Beyond offices, Plettenberg Bay

17h00: Meet your Plett Trail Host & Guide

19h00: Dinner around the campfire

Overnight at Diepwalle Forest

 

 

Day 2: Circular Knysna Forest Trail

07h00: Breakfast and debrief with your Guide on the days hiking

09h00: Full morning trail through the Knysna Forest

13h00: Picnic Lunch at Jubilee Creek

14h00: Afternoon trail through Diepwalle Concession Area

18h00: Dinner around the campfire

Overnight at Diepwalle campsite   

 

 

Day 3: Keurbooms Trail - to Natures Valley

08h00: Breakfast & debrief with the group

09h30: 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 to Natures Valley camp site

18h30: Dinner around the camp fire

Overnight at Natures Valley campsite

 

Day 4: Kalanderkloof Trail, Natures Valley

08h00: Breakfast & debrief on days hike

09h00: Full morning hike along the Kalanderkloof Trail

14h00: Lunch - Bramon Wine Estate

16h00: Sundowner cruise on Keurbooms River

19h00: Natures Valley dinner

Overnight at Natures Valley campsite

 

Day 5: Robberg Peninsula Trail

07h30: Breakfast and hiking debrief with your guide

08h30: Transfer to Robberg Peninsula

09h00: Full morning hike around the Robberg Peninsula

13h00: Picnic lunch at Robberg Nature Reserve

13h30: Farewell, trail end

 

 

TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

DAY 2: KNYSNA FOREST TRAILS

Where: SANParks Diepwalle Concession area

What to Take: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, binoculars, refreshments, insect repellent.         

Distance: 8kms & 9kms

Time: 3 - 4 hours

 

Trail Description

During the 19th century, the Knysna forest was home to hundreds of elephants. These were however poached to near extinction by mine workers who lost revenue due to the failure of the Millwood gold mine. Today it is believed that a few isolated individuals may still roam these dense forests.

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 3: KEURBOOMS TO NATURES VALLEY TRAIL

Where: Keurbooms to Forest Hall / Forest Hall to Natures Valley

What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, swimming costume, binoculars, insect repellant

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 4: KALANDERKLOOF TRAIL, NATURES VALLEY

Where: Nature’s Valley

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

Features: Fynbos, indigenous forest in a secluded valley and of course, magnificent views.

Distance: 5km

Difficulty: Moderate fitness required

 Time: 2 hours

     

Trail Description

The Kalanderpad trail is well signposted and provides magnificent views across the entire valley, the Tsitsikamma mountains and the sea. The trail transects the deep forest in the valley where there are an abundance of massive Outeniqua Yellowwood trees - some of the tallest in the entire Garden Route. 

Another feature of the botany of the Kalanderpad are the Giant Strelitzia’s which are related to the common banana tree, yet here in a forest, they seem strangely out of place. The trail continues down the valley to a small stream where there are an abundance of giant ferns.

The forest is eerie and silent and the two hour hike is an experience that should not be missed.

 

DAY 5: ROBBERG PENINSULA TRAIL

Where: Plettenberg Bay

What to Take: Comfortable walking shoes, swimming costume, binoculars, refreshments, insect 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: 1 hour, 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)

 

 

What you need to Bring

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

 

Bookings: info@venturebeyond.co.za