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Easter Weekend  30 March – 2 April 2018

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Garden Route – Easter Weekend Walks

WALKING FESTIVAL
Now in our 4th year,  with more than 52 different walks to choose from over 4 days during the Easter Weekend on the Garden Route. 

WHEN + WHERE
30 March – 2 April 2018
From Easter Friday 30 March to Easter Monday 2 April 2018 – we have created an exciting programme of walks between Mossel Bay and Nature’s Valley.

LOVE THE TRAIL + LOVE NATURE
As dedicated walking and trail enthusiasts we love the Garden Route and its amazing trails and look forward to sharing them with you, your family and friends.

Through the festival participants help support nature and trails on the Garden Route by making donations to our local conservation, environmental and trail projects.

HOW
Search for walks that best suite your level of fitness and filter them by grade, price, day or area. To enjoy all the walks on offer please make sure you read things to know . . .

UPDATES
Each week from now until March 2018 we will continue to add more exciting walks, so visit again before the start of the festival.

WALKS + TALKS
In 2018 we launch a series of evening talks during the festival. Find out about great gear, hiking tips and exciting lesser known trails in the region. Read more. . .

SUPPORT NATURE
As it is free to register for the festival, we encourage you instead to make a donation to nature when you make your first walk booking. Read more . . .

 

 

 

WALKS BY DAY

FridaySaturday • Sunday • Monday

 

 

 

 

 

WALKS BY AREA

Mossel BayGeorgeKnysnaPlettenberg BayNatures Valley

Great BrakSedgefield

 

 

 

 

WALKS BY GRADE

EasyModerateStrenuous

 

 

 

 

 

WALKS BY PRICE

Free Walks Paid Walks

 

 

Great Walks + Amazing Trails

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“Adventurous trail experiences and the memories we make with friends and family when walking in the outdoors enriches our lives.

Welcome to the Garden Route where we love trails and love walking. Be it nature trails, mountain treks or beach walks, our year-round good weather and the over 50 walks we offer during the Easter Weekend make for an unforgettable experience.

Hi-Tec is synonymous with walking and hiking in South Africa. As naming partners they make it possible for us to offer a wide range of free festival walks suited to all levels of fitness and adventure.

Book your walks below from the extensive programme. Bring friends and family and enjoy all the fun, festive and traditional walks on offer. ”

– Galeo Saintz, Festival Founder

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Feedback from past Festivals

“By far the highlight of our visit to South Africa! If our children just remember one of the many interesting facts our walking guides shared with us, they will have a memory for life. Thank you.”
– Family from UK.

“This is simple the best way for every person of every age and means to enjoy the beautiful Garden Route. What a brilliant idea, professionally executed with great guides and excellent organisation.”
– Samantha and Family.
 
Fabulous long weekend of exciting walks. Had a blast. It was awesome!”
– Jacqui Campbell-Morris

Talks about Walks + Gear

You are invited

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.

Plett Talks

Date – Saturday 31 March
Time – 6:30pm
Venue – TBC

 

Knysna Talks

Date – Friday 30 March
Time – 6:30pm
Venue – SANParks TBC

 

George Talks

Date – Thursday 29 March
Time – 6:30pm
Venue – TBC

 

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Judy Dixon

Walk Guide for the Moonlight Meander

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.

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Julie Carlisle

Conservation Specialist

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.

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Galeo Saintz

Founder, Garden Route Walking Festival

Galeo is an international trail ambassador in his role as founding Chair of the World Trails Network in Switzerland. Always up for a good 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, highlighting how we can care for out trails and bring communities together at the same time.

Walks by Day

Fri30maralldayalldayFriday 30 March 2018(All Day: Friday) Walk Grade:Difficult,Easy,Moderate,Strenuous

Fri30mar7:30 am1:30 pmSt Blaize TrailModerate7:30 am - 1:30 pm Car Park, Cave, Mossel Bay PointWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Mossel Bay

Fri30mar7:30 am2:30 pmNature's Valley to KeurboomsStrenuous7:30 am - 2:30 pm Enricos Restaurant Keurbooms BeachWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plett

Fri30mar8:30 am1:30 pmRobberg WalkStrenuous8:30 am - 1:30 pm Robberg Nature Reserve Car ParkWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Fri30mar9:00 am11:30 am8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous9:00 am - 11:30 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Fri30mar9:00 am10:00 am3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy9:00 am - 10:00 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Fri30mar9:00 am10:30 pmKnysna Indigenous Forest WalkModerate9:00 am - 10:30 pm Walk Grade:DifficultWalk Area:Knysna

Fri30mar9:00 am2:00 pmSoulshine Yoga WalkModerate9:00 am - 2:00 pm Walk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Knysna

Fri30mar12:30 pm5:30 pmSketching Nature Art WalkModerate12:30 pm - 5:30 pm Harkerville ViewpointWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Knysna

Fri30mar2:00 pm3:00 pm3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Fri30mar2:00 pm4:30 pm8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Fri30mar4:00 pm5:00 pmThe Heads Heritage WalkEasy4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

Fri30mar4:00 pm6:00 pmFarm Walk to the LionsModerate4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hakuna Matata Game Farm, Great Brak RiverWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Groot Brak

Fri30mar7:30 pm10:30 pmMoonlight MeanderEasy7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Swartvlei beach, SedgefieldWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Sedgefield

Sat31maralldayalldaySaturday 31 March 2018(All Day: Saturday) Walk Grade:Difficult,Easy,Moderate,Strenuous

Sat31mar7:00 am8:00 amGreat Brak Island Dog WalkEasy7:00 am - 8:00 am Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Groot Brak

Sat31mar7:30 am2:30 pmNature's Valley to KeurboomsStrenuous7:30 am - 2:30 pm Enricos Restaurant Keurbooms BeachWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plett

Sat31mar7:30 am1:30 pmSt Blaize TrailModerate7:30 am - 1:30 pm Car Park, Cave, Mossel Bay PointWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Mossel Bay

Sat31mar8:00 am10:30 amKalanderkloof CircleEasy8:00 am - 10:30 am Picnic Site, Natures ValleyWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar8:30 am1:30 pmRobberg WalkStrenuous8:30 am - 1:30 pm Robberg Nature Reserve Car ParkWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar9:00 am10:00 am3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy9:00 am - 10:00 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar9:00 am11:30 am8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous9:00 am - 11:30 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar9:00 am12:00 pmLeermansdrift Farm HikeModerate 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Leermansdrift Farm, WittedrifWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett

Sat31mar9:30 am12:30 pmFarm Walk to the LionsModerate9:30 am - 12:30 pm Hakuna Matata Game Farm, Great Brak RiverWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Groot Brak

Sat31mar10:00 am12:30 pmInner Space Yoga WalkModerate10:00 am - 12:30 pm Kranshoek Viewpoint Walk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar12:30 pm5:30 pm3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy12:30 pm - 5:30 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar12:30 pm5:30 pmSketching Nature Art WalkModerate12:30 pm - 5:30 pm Harkerville ViewpointWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Knysna

Sat31mar2:00 pm4:30 pm8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar2:00 pm3:00 pm3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sat31mar4:00 pm5:00 pmThe Heads Heritage WalkEasy4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

Sat31mar7:30 pm10:30 pmMoonlight MeanderEasy7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Swartvlei beach, SedgefieldWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Sedgefield

Sun01apralldayalldaySunday 1 April 2018(All Day: Sunday) Walk Grade:Difficult,Easy,Moderate,Strenuous

Sun01apr8:00 am12:00 pmWalk to the SwingsModerate8:00 am - 12:00 pm 49 Caledon St, Campher's Drift, George, 6529Walk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:George

Sun01apr8:00 am12:00 pmCape Dune Molerat TrailModerate8:00 am - 12:00 pm Wolweriver road, Rondevlei, SedgefieldWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Sedgefield

Sun01apr8:30 am1:30 pmRobberg WalkStrenuous8:30 am - 1:30 pm Robberg Nature Reserve Car ParkWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr9:00 am2:00 pmSoulshine Yoga WalkModerate9:00 am - 2:00 pm Walk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Knysna

Sun01apr9:00 am10:00 am3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy9:00 am - 10:00 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr9:00 am12:00 pmLeermansdrift Farm HikeModerate 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Leermansdrift Farm, WittedrifWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett

Sun01apr9:00 am11:30 am8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous9:00 am - 11:30 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr9:30 am11:30 amKids Coastal Pirate WalkEasy9:30 am - 11:30 am Enrico's Car Park, Keurboom-strandWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr2:00 pm3:00 pm3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewEasy2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr2:00 pm4:30 pm8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr4:00 pm5:00 pmThe Heads Heritage WalkEasy4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

Sun01apr4:00 pm6:00 pmWalking with PoetryEasy4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Garden of EdenWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna,Plettenberg Bay

Sun01apr4:00 pm6:00 pmFarm Walk to the LionsModerate4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hakuna Matata Game Farm, Great Brak RiverWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Groot Brak

Sun01apr6:30 pm8:00 pmGuided Meditation WalkEasy6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 103 Steps, Sandhoogtepad, Grootbrak-rivier, 6525Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Groot Brak

Mon02apralldayalldayMonday 2 April 2018(All Day: Monday) Walk Grade:Difficult,Easy,Moderate,Strenuous

Mon02apr4:30 am6:30 pmPeak FormosaStrenuous4:30 am - 6:30 pm Engen, Beacon Way, Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:DifficultWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr8:00 am10:00 amGroot Brak Village History WalkEasy8:00 am - 10:00 am Dutch Reformed Church, Long Street, Groot BrakWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Groot Brak

Mon02apr8:00 am10:00 amVertical WalkModerate8:00 am - 10:00 am The CragsWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett,Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr8:30 am1:30 pmRobberg WalkStrenuous8:30 am - 1:30 pm Robberg Nature Reserve Car ParkWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr9:00 am11:30 am8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous9:00 am - 11:30 am Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr9:00 am12:00 pmLeermansdrift Farm HikeModerate 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Leermansdrift Farm, WittedrifWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett

Mon02apr9:30 am11:30 pmFarm Walk to the LionsModerate9:30 am - 11:30 pm Hakuna Matata Game Farm, Great Brak RiverWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Groot Brak

Mon02apr10:00 am12:00 pmVertical WalkModerate10:00 am - 12:00 pm The CragsWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett,Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr10:00 am12:30 pmInner Space Yoga WalkModerate10:00 am - 12:30 pm Kranshoek Viewpoint Walk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr10:00 am12:00 pmYsterhoutrug PadEasy10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ysterhoutrug Picnic SiteWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna,Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr11:00 am3:00 pmTidal Pool MeanderEasy11:00 am - 3:00 pm Swartvlei beach, SedgefieldWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Sedgefield

Mon02apr11:00 am12:30 pmRastafarian Vibe - Khayalethu WalkEasy11:00 am - 12:30 pm Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

Mon02apr12:00 pm2:00 pmVertical WalkModerate12:00 pm - 2:00 pm The CragsWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett,Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr2:00 pm4:00 pmVertical WalkModerate2:00 pm - 4:00 pm The CragsWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plett,Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr2:00 pm4:30 pm8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe ViewStrenuous2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Giraffe View, Stofpad Rd,Plettenberg BayWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

Mon02apr4:00 pm6:00 pmFarm Walk to the LionsModerate4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hakuna Matata Game Farm, Great Brak RiverWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Groot Brak

Mon02apr4:00 pm5:00 pmThe Heads Heritage WalkEasy4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

Things to Know

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Information for walkers

Our walks offered in 2018 range from easy to strenuous, from a short 1 hour stroll to a full day hiking adventure, while some are leisurely others are brisk and will test your fitness.

Find some answers below to questions you may have:

  • All walkers to bring the following with them on the day:

    – Hat
    – Drinking water 1 – 2 liters
    – Sunblock
    – Own snacks and food for lunch
    – Sturdy walking shoes
    – Rain gear in case of weather change (Hi-Tec has some excellent apparel available, which can be bought online and collected at the start of certain walks)
    – Cash to pay guide if there is a charge associated
    – Cash for any permit fees if indicated
    – Enthusiasm and adventurous spirit!
     
    It is recommended to use comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear for all walks.
  • If you need to cancel your walk booking:

    1. Please do so online, by logging into your booking and cancelling your walk.
    2. Please note there will be no refund for paid walks if cancelled 2 days before the start of the walk. We cannot guarantee any refunds, please contact your walk leader for their terms and conditions should you require a refund.
    3. If it is a free walk, you still need to cancel so that we can give your place to others who may be on a waiting list.
  • Registration is Free – Instead of a registration fee we encourage all walkers to consider making a donation to any one of the listed Garden Route nature charities, please see our list of festival beneficiaries here. Choose one or more and indicate how much you would like to donate when you make your walk booking.

    Nature plays a big role in the Garden Route.

    The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Fest is about giving back and sharing. Sharing the trails of the region with friends and visitors while exploring the magic of the region’s pristine nature and helping those who keep our nature awesome.

    The Garden Route National Park and the CapeNature reserves are where a majority of our walks take place.

  • Walks are led either by volunteer Walk Leaders or by Professional Guides, who make a living sharing their knowledge and expertise of the region. Professionally guided walks may include a guiding fee, all relevant costs are indicated in the walk programme.

    This is a community event in support of nature, the more people involved the more fun it will be and we can build a stronger community happily sharing the natural beauty we have on our trails across the Garden Route.

  • All walks are undertaken at a walker’s own risk. All walkers and participants are required to complete an indemnity form and agree to the terms and conditions of the festival, its associates and volunteer walk leaders. Please click here to read the indemnity conditions.

  • All registered walkers stand a chance of winning a Hi-Tec hamper and who knows, it may contain a super pair of brand new hiking boots.

  • Many of the walks take place in areas where dogs are not allowed.

    That said, we do have some dog specific walks – please see the walks list for details. All dogs will require a leash.

  • Follow us on Facebook   FB  or on Instagram  to stay updated or subscribe to our email newsletter at the bottom of each web page, for all the festival details.

  • Please note the directions indicated on the walk booking page. We suggest you print this page and keep it as a reference and then make your booking.

    If you need a lift to the start of your walk, we will help you find a lift with other participants.

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About the Garden Route

One of the world’s great walking destinations, with pristine beaches,  a rocky coastline and amazing forests and mountain peaks, the Garden Route is home to our most famous trails, like the Otter Trail, the Tsitsikamma Trail and Oystercatcher Trails.

Find out more in the recently launched Guide to the Garden Route below or attend our evening talks for inspiring presentations.

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Supporting Nature

Help support those who care for our Nature.

There is no registration fee to participate in the festival, instead we invite you make a donation to the dedicated conservation non-profit organizations  and nature projects on the Garden Route. Over the years the festival has helped a number of these projects with your generous donations.

Win, Get Social + Have Fun

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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.

Great Places to Stay

We are gathering a full list of available accommodation options for during the festival and will have links up for you in the nest week. Please email us should you require assistance before then.

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Sponsors + Partners

Our many sponsors and Hi-Tec in particular are our heroes – they make this festival possible. A big thanks to all of you.

Naming Sponsor

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Media Sponsors

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Conservation Partners

 

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Destination Partners

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