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IT’S A WRAP for 2018. . .

we hope to see you next year!



Fabulous long weekend of exciting walks. Had a blast. It was awesome!”
– Jacqui Campbell-Morris


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.

fri30mar8:30 am11:00 amFeaturedCoastal Clean-Up Walk Mossel BayEasy8:30 am - 11:00 am Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Mossel Bay

fri30mar8:00 am11:00 amIngwe Forest HikeModerate8:00 am - 11:00 am N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, 6600Walk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

fri30mar8:30 am1:30 pmRobberg WalkStrenuous8:30 am - 1:30 pm Robberg Nature Reserve Car ParkWalk Grade:StrenuousWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

sun01apr9:30 am11:30 amFeaturedKids Coastal Pirate WalkEasy9:30 am - 11:30 am Enrico's Car Park, Keurboom-strandWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Plettenberg Bay

fri30mar2:00 pm4:00 pmTownship Discovery WalkEasy2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MADaboutART, 6 Sonqayi Street, Nekkies, KnysnaWalk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

sat31mar9:00 am11:00 pmFeaturedCoastal Clean-Up Walk KnysnaEasy9:00 am - 11:00 pm 198 State President C R Swart Rd, Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna, 6571Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

sun01apr9:00 am4:00 pmSold Out!FeaturedOystercatcher TrailModerate9:00 am - 4:00 pm 2 Bonito Street, BoggomsbaaiWalk Grade:ModerateWalk Area:Mossel Bay

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. 

Plett Talk       Date: Saturday 31 March    Time: 6:30pm    Venue: Plett Anglican Church, Cnr. Church & Breech St


Galeo Saintz

Galeo Saintz

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.

joan berning

Joan Berning

Conservation Specialist

Joan will present a short piece on the amazing 400km Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike and why investing in biodiversity is really important. 

See some amazing photos of the Eden to Addo and find out how you too can sign up for this mega-distance hiking experience. 


Blake Dyason

Outdoor Campaigner

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.


Judy Dixon

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


All walkers should read the points below. . . 

  • 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 who book beofre 28 March 2018 stand a chance of winning an amazing accommodation prize and adventure trip from Garden Route National Park or a gear hamper from Hi-Tec. See details of prizes below.

  • 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 info page. We suggest you print this page and keep it as a reference.

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

    Once you have booked your walk – you will be added to a WhatsApp Group for that walk 2 days before the start of the walk. 

  • 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 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 OR change your walk booking:

    1. Please email us directly.
    2. Please note there will be no refund for paid walks if cancelled after 24 March 2018.
    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. You can cancel via the WhatsApp group that will be created for each walk.
    4. If your walk needs to be cancelled due to weather we cannot guarantee a refund – we will engage with your walk leader on your behalf, but many are unable to refund due to weather and may rather reschedule your walk date. 
  • 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.

    The festival 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 protected and conserved.

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

  • The walks range from easy to strenuous.

    EASY – Mainly flat walking, on paths with good surfaces. No climbing, minimal or no steps.

    MODERATE – Varying landscape with more challenging slopes. Steps to be expected. Suitable for keen walkers and anyone who is reasonably active. Still we take leisurely walking pace with brief rest stops.

    STRENUOUS – A challenging walk suitable for very fit walkers with some experience. Steep gradients, steps and uneven surfaces to be expected, may include light scramble. This grade applies to the pea climbs such a George Peak or Peak Formosa.

  • 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.

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.

fri30mar8:30 am11:00 amFeaturedCoastal Clean-Up Walk Mossel BayEasy8:30 am - 11:00 am Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Mossel Bay

fri30mar9:00 am11:00 amFeaturedCoastal Clean-Up Nature's ValleyEasy9:00 am - 11:00 am Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Natures Valley

sat31mar9:00 am11:00 pmFeaturedCoastal Clean-Up Walk KnysnaEasy9:00 am - 11:00 pm 198 State President C R Swart Rd, Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna, 6571Walk Grade:EasyWalk Area:Knysna

WIN with SANParks and HI-Tec

kayak lilo adventures

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.

Forest Treetop Canopy Camping Decks 1

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.

hi tec altitude pro 6 boot walking festival

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.

Get Social + Have Fun

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.

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Conservation Partners


Destination Partners