Easter Weekend 30 March – 2 April 2018
“Fabulous long weekend of exciting walks. Had a blast. It was awesome!”
– Jacqui Campbell-Morris
Garden Route – Easter Weekend Walks
ABOUT THE WALKING FESTIVAL
Welcome to the Garden Route where we love trails and love walking.
We are lucky to be in one of the world’s great walking destinations. With pristine beaches, rocky coastlines, amazing forests and mountain peaks. Home to our country’s most famous trails – the Otter Trail, the Tsitsikamma Trail and the Oystercatcher Trail to name a few.
Hi-Tec is synonymous with walking and hiking in South Africa. As naming partners they make it possible for us to offer this unique festival.
Many walks are FREE while the professionally guided walks carry a charge per person. A number of walks require an access permit.
Our dedicated team works hard to ensure you enjoy a fun and inspiring festival. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further info.
– Galeo Saintz, Festival Founder
FREE to register for the festival – so please DONATE to these projects instead.
Please join our special COASTAL CLEAN-UP WALKS and help us make a difference to our coastline. Great prizes to be won for those who attend.
Book your Walks
Click on the menu above to book your walks. Choose from over 52 walks . . . taking place in all the small towns of the Garden Route, from Mossel Bay, George and Wilderness to Knysna, Plett and Nature’s Valley.
Many walks book up well in advance. Consider a self-guided walk on one of the SANParks trails.
Talks about Trails
Join one of our evening talks about the Garden Route’s best hikes and trails.
Discover how we can care more for our trails, get great tips on hiking gear
and learn how walking generates insight and is good for the brain.
George Talk Date: Thursday 29 March Time: 6:30pm Venue: TBC
Knysna Talk Date: Friday 30 March Time: 6:30pm Venue: SANParks TBC
Plett Talk Date: Saturday 31 March Time: 6:30pm Venue: TBC
International Trails Ambassador
Galeo is an international trail ambassador in his role as founding Chair of the World Trails Network in Switzerland. Always up for an adventure, he works for trails and the protection of nature.
His talk will focus on inspiring trails in the Garden Route and anecdotes from his international trails work.
Julie and Grahame have recently updated this great guide to the Garden Route. They are tourism and biodiversity champions and played a role in the creation of the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve.
Their talk will be filled with amazing facts and insights as to why nature in the Garden Route needs our care and support.
Blake is an outdoor enthusiast and proudly South African. He leads by example, believing we all have a responsibility to make a positive difference in the world around us.
His talk will focus on caring for our trails in the Garden Route and power of coastal clean-ups.
Expert Garden Route Guide
Judy is the inspiring creator of the Moonlight Meander with a passion for the natural history and wild beauty of the Garden Route.
Her talk promises to be educational, informative and inspiring.
Information for Walkers
Coastal Clean-Up Walks
What it’s about
This year the festival is proud to be involved in driving 3 Coastal Clean-Up Walks.
Too much plastic and litter on our coast is not cool. This is a chance for walkers and lovers of the outdoors to give back and to help pick it up.
When & Where
Clean-Up Walk starts at 8:30 for 9:00 and takes place in Mossel Bay, Knysna and Nature’s Valley.
We have teamed up with Love Our Trails to help make this happen. Please volunteer and get involved.
What you need
Bring a spirit of fun. Gardening gloves or others – there are not always pleasant things to pick up when dealing with trash.
A sandwich or two, sun hat, water and a good backpack to help carry back what we pick up.
WIN with SANParks and HI-Tec
Win overnight stays + adventures in the Garden Route National Park
WIN 2 Nights at Storms River + Kayak Trip
Win a two-night stay for four at Storms River Mouth including a complimentary Kayak & Lilo down Storms River Gorge with Untouched Adventures!
WIN 2 Nights in Wilderness + River Safari
A two-night stay for two at Wilderness’ Ebb & Flow Rest Camp including a complimentary River Safari with Wild River Safaris!
Winners will be selected from festival attendees who have completed one of the walks on the festival and shared a photograph on social media.
Take the best photo and win
WIN 2 Nights for 4 People at Tree Top Chalet
Those people attending the festival will have a chance to win a 2 night stay for four at the Treetop Chalet in Garden Route National Park situated in the Harkerville Forest.
Winners will be selected from festival attendees who have completed one of the walks on the festival and submitted the most awesome festival photograph.
Win with Hi-Tec
“We are very excited to welcome you to the Garden Route Walking Festival 2018! We hope that you will have an amazing adventure with friends and family. See you there!” – Hi-Tec
Each year we give away exciting Hi-Tec gear on a selection of our walks. So sign-up and win.
Visit Hi-Tec online and check out their latest gear and footwear.