Plan your walks to include something challenging and something fun over Easter.

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

Find some answers below to questions you may have:

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Yes!

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.

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.

Easy    
Mainly flat walking, on paths with good surfaces. No climbing, no (or few) steps.
Fairly Easy   
Gentle rolling landscape, walking on paths with good to average surfaces. Some walking on gentle inclines, some steps to be expected on route.
Moderate      
Varying landscape with more challenging slopes. Steps to be expected. Suitable for keen walkers and anyone who is reasonably active.
Fairly Strenuous    
A challenging walk suitable for fit walkers with some experience. Steep gradients, steps and uneven surfaces to be expected.
Strenuous    
Long walk with terrain suitable for fit experienced walkers. May include small scramble. Applies to mountain peaks such as 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Look out for our brochures along the Garden Route for more details.