Plett Trail: Lodge Option

 Thursday 1st November - Monday 5th November 2018

Thursday 15th November - Monday 19th November 2018

 

Rates: R11 750 per person sharing (+30% single supplement)

(Maximum 12 pax per group)

 

Venture Beyond provides;

  • Accommodation at 3 and 4 star country lodges
  • Breakfast and dinner every day of the trail
  • Gourmet picnic lunches
  • Professional guides and tour leaders
  • 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 in the tour price;

  • Optional activities
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Collections from George Airport which are arranged through our booking office

 

Accommodation;

  • Night 1 & 2:  Whalesong Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
  • Night 3 & 4:  Bitou River Lodge, Bitou Valley

 

 

ITINERARY 

Day 1:  Whalesong Hotel

15h00:  Check in at Hotel  (Airport collections & transfers to hotel)

17h30:  Meet your Plett Trail Host & Guide

19h00:  Dinner - Whalesong Hotel

Overnight Whalesong Hotel

 

Day 2:  Keurbooms Trail - to Natures Valley

08h00:  Breakfast & debrief with the group

10h00:  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 Whalesong Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

19h00:  Dinner at Hotel

Overnight at Whalesong Hotel

 

Day 3:  Knysna Forest Trail - Diepwalle Concession Area

08h00:  Breakfast and debrief with your Guide on the days excursion

09h00:  Transfer to Diepwalle Forest  /  Full morning trail through the Knysna Forest

13h00:  Picnic lunch

14h00:  Afternoon circular forest trail

17h00:  Return to Whalesong Hotel & check out / Transfer and Check in: Bitou River Lodge

19h00:  Barbeque on the Bitou River

Overnight at Bitou River Lodge                  

 

Day 4:  Kalanderkloof Trail, Natures Valley

07h00:  Breakfast & debrief on days hike

08h30:  Transfer to SANParks, Natures Valley

09h30:  Kalanderkloof Trail

14h00:  Lunch - Bramon Wine Estate

16h00:  Sundowner cruise on Keurbooms River

18h00:  Return to Bitou River Lodge

 

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

13h45:  Transfer back to Lodge for check out

14h30:  Farewell, trail end

 

Please note: Venture Beyond uses a variety of 4-star graded country lodges.  

The lodges included in this itinerary may not be selected for your personalized trail program, please check with our booking office for further information in this regards.

 

TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

 

DAY 2:  KEURBOOMS TO NATURES VALLEY TRAIL

Where:  Keurbooms 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:  7 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:  KNYSNA FOREST DIEPWALLE TRAIL

Where:  SANParks Knysna 

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

Distance:  4km

Time:  3 - 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.

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 4:  KALANDERKLOOF & UITSIG 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 seclude valley and 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 which dates back 160 000 years

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