Easter Weekend 30 March – 2 April 2018
Garden Route – Easter Weekend Walks
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.
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 . . .
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. . .
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 . . .
Great Walks + Amazing Trails
“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
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.
– Samantha and Family.
– 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.
Date – Saturday 31 March
Time – 6:30pm
Venue – TBC
Date – Friday 30 March
Time – 6:30pm
Venue – SANParks TBC
Date – Thursday 29 March
Time – 6:30pm
Venue – TBC
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.
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.
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
Things to Know
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:
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.
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
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.
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.