Below is the 2017 programme – please visit again 20 October 2017 for the 2018 programm.

Discover Great Walks

Click on each day for the list of walks available.

Friday 14 April 2017 

Festival Hotline: 082 888 8181

Walk Name

Description

Notes

Bookings

Moonlight Meander

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Unique encounter with Nature, a walk on the beach at night discovering the fascinating Life in the Intertidal Zone. After a brief introductory talk, you will meander along the beach towards Gericke’s Point, en route meeting some of the nocturnal inhabitants of the sandy shore, the rocky shore and the rock pools. A distance of 3.4kms, duration 3-4 hours. Requirements: torch and shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Date Monday 10th April 2017, Tuesday 11th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 3-4 hrs
Start Time 19h30
Cost R150
Walk Leader Judy Dixon
Directions Swartvlei beach, Sedgefield

George Peak Challenge

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George Peak is an iconic hike that everyone in and around George should do at least once in their lives. It is a strenuous walk that starts and finishes at the Outeniqua Nature Reserve, Cape Nature office, at Witfontein just outside of George. It is a great way to spend Good Friday so close to nature and creation.

The start and finish of the route is through a pine plantation and it crosses a couple of streams through the indigenous forest but most of the route is through Cape Fynbos. You will be greeted with incredible views of the surrounding landscapes. 

The walk is facilitated by the Green Sport Foundation non-profit, the organization behind George Trails project.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Strenuous

Duration 5-8hrs
Start Time 06h30 for 07h00 start
Cost Free + CapeNature permit. Recommended Donation for NGO leading the walk.
Walk Leader Werner Rall
Directions Outeniqua Nature Reserve, Cape Nature office, Witfontein, George

St Blaize Trail

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The hike is 13.5km long, and will take about 5 to 6 hours to complete.
Exceptional coastal views can be expected. The 30 meter high contour path hugs the coastline, and ends in Dana Bay.
Transport will be arranged back to Mossel Bay from the end of the hike.

One can expect to see whales, dolphins, seals, and sometimes sharks from the trail.
The hike will be at a fairly leisurely pace, and most people that is relatively fit will finish it with ease.
Several different bird species will be observed, and even dassie, duiker, bush buck, and caracal have been seen along the way.
We will also walk past the historical Origin of man caves at Pinnacle Point. Access to the caves is restricted though.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 5-6hrs
Start Time 07h30
Cost Free (tips welcome)
Walk Leader Theunis Schutte
Directions The walk will start from the parking lot at the cave at Mossel Bay Point. Coordinates: S 34° 11.170 E 022° 09.448 ;
Drive down either Marsh street or Bland street in a Southernly direction. Bland street will meet up with Marsh street at the Point Village Hotel, at the Point. Drive around the Point, and you will see the parking on your left just after rounding the Point. https://goo.gl/maps/PY3NoriDyRC2

Neusgate Circular Walk

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Neusgate circular is around 7km and is a strenuous route through coastal fynbos in the Robberg corridor area. We head down to the coast on narrow and very steep fisherman’s paths along the coast for a close view of the neusgate sea cave and scramble back up to well established paths along the cliff. We then head down past a waterfall and back to the coast for a rock pool swim before making our way back to higher ground. This is a fairly strenuous walk with some very steep paths and large rocky areas. A third of the hike consists of scrambling sections. Bring a costume for swimmers, long pants for narrow bushy paths and have a head for heights. Tea and drinks available at the end point.

Date  Friday 14th April 2017
Grade  Strenuous – steep climb. Be fit. Uneven terrain.
Duration  6-7 hrs
Start Time  08h00 
Cost  Free
Walk Leader  Danor Greonewald
Directions   T’Niqua Stable Inn, Plettenberg Bay

Elemental Beings: Connect to (Your) Nature

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Elemental Beings is a creative excursion into the beauty and peace of nature- a walk with a difference. The walk is an invitation to explore the elements within and around us and connect more deeply with the elemental forces of this specific place, ie the forest around Jubilee Creek, as well as to our inner landscapes. We work with movement (walking and mindful movement meditations), writing, art making, quiet time alone and together, seeking the wisdom of nature as our teacher, guide and mirror and (re)connecting to our own nature. Fine-tuning our senses through simple creative and playful practices, we learn to listen more deeply, with our whole bodies, to life’s ongoing conversation with us as it expresses itself through the earth, air, sun and water around and within us. Connecting to the creative force of nature, we tap into our own creativity and the medicine of deep connection with self, other and the community of life.

Date Friday 14 April
Grade Easy
Duration 3hr
Start Time 09h00
Cost SANParks permit or Wild Card + donations to guide welcome – please bring cash on the day to pay for permit.
Walk Leader Petra Bongartz
Directions Jubilee Creek Picnic Site

Island Bird Walk

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The walk will start at the Transkaroo restaurant and cross the wooden bridge leading to the Island. This is an easy walk and fitness is not an issue. Bring a water bottle along, wear good walking shoes and bring your curiosity along as well!! Walk is led by well known birder with wide knowledge about local birds. Come learn about our feathered folk.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1-2 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost Free
Walk Leader Austin Eybers
Directions Transkaroo restaurant, Groot Brak

Underwater Walk

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This is one of a kind. An underwater walk. Snorkeling along the rocks on Santos Beach , Mossel bay. We can hire out snorkeling gear from our dive shop at a cost of R150 per set. Patrons are welcome to bring their own. they will need a mask and snorkel and fins. A weight belt is also recommended and some people may want to hire a wetsuit. The cost of the last two items which are optional is R150 extra.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1 hrs
Start Time 15h00
Cost Free (gear available for hire)
Walk Leader Fiona Ayerst
Directions Santos Beach at the Pavilion restaurant. Mossel Bay

Inner Magic – Children’s Walk

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A walk with a focus on play and magic for younger children. The Inner Magic Game has been a phenomenal success and the creator of the game Caro Surya will lead this walk

Let’s uncover the magic that’s already inside us. All of us can do and be far more than we realize. We all have lots of special talents and magic inside, and this walk will explore this in a fun and engaging way.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1-1.5 hrs
Start Time 10AM Wear interesting, magical clothing
Cost Free
Walk Leader Carol Surya
Directions Whale Tail Car park, above Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay

Plett Botanical Walk at Broome Farm

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Visiting The Broome farm of Jane and David Rosenthal on the Redford Road at the Crags where alien invasive plants have been eradicated and fynbos lovingly restored and research undertaken into pollination. bring own refreshments, hats and sturdy shoes

Date Friday 14 April
Grade Easy
Duration 4hr
Start Time 08h30
Cost Free –  charity donation recommended.
Walk Leader Jean Sparg
Directions Meet at Old Nick Village on N2 to share transport

Mindfulness and Meditation Walk

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Several different forest walks in the indigenous beauty of the Harkerville Forest tailored according to wishes of participants All of them in the gentle, healing environment of natural tranquillity.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1-2 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost Free + SANParks permit or Wild Card
Walk Leader Susan Janssen
Directions Harkerville Forest gate, Harkerville

Soulshine Yoga Walk

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The best of both worlds. Kicking off with some warm-up stretches, followed by some cardio, breathing and balancing during our mid-tempo walk through the spectacular indigenous forest at the Harkerville Perdekop route, stopping off along the way for a 45 minute Hatha yoga flow class and silent meditation, before completing the journey.

Date Friday 14th April
Grade Moderate
Duration 4hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost R100 Yoga Instructor Guide Fee
Walk Leader Philippa Glazer
Directions Harkerville Forest Station at the beginning of the Perdekop Trail.

Sketching Nature Art Walk

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After making our own charcoal at the picnic site we will walk along the coastal circular hiking trail stopping at various places to sketch nature, exploring negative spaces, light+shadow and textures with fun exercises. No drawing skills required.

Please bring a sketchbook A3 or larger and/or paper plus a board to use as a backing. We sketch standing or sitting while holding the board or sketchbook in our hands. You can also take other pens, ink or graphite along if you prefer working in those mediums. Sticks for charcoal making will be provided.

The hike includes steps down a ravine and one steep climb at the end. Take some water and some snacks for the afternoon.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 5 hr
Start Time 12h30
Cost Free + SANParks permit required or Wild Card
Walk Leader Anja Wiehl
Directions Kranshoek Picnic Site, Harkerville

Nature’s Valley to Keurboomstrand

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An extreme coastal walk including forest, fynbos, Salt River crossing and swimming at secluded beaches. We walk through the De Vasselot forest and past Forest Hall along the beach to end at Enrico’s restaurant at Keurboomstrand.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Strenuous
Duration 5 hrs
Start Time 07h30
Cost Free
Walk Leader Galeo Saintz
Directions Nature’s Valley Beach / Enricos Restaurant Keurbooms Beach. We will then share cars to drive down to Nature’s Valley. Those of the group who leave cars at Nature’s Valley will get a lift back to collect them after the walk. 

Naked in Nature

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For the adventurous spirited a barefoot and clothes-free walk through the forest and down to a magic river. A kikoi / sarong is advised.

This walk takes place on private land.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Fairly Easy
Duration 4 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost Free
Walker Leader Martin Glinster
Directions Map will be sent – or meet at Sasol Garage on N2, Harkerville

Fancy Dress Walk & Sundowners

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Dress up and adorn your body in celebrating nature. Masks and body painting encouraged. It’s about having fun, enjoying nature. This will be a short easy walk at Robberg Nature Reserve down to the Gap Beach for sundowners. Bring friends and family – kids welcome. A walk to celebrate the start of the festival and a make a splash. We may even have some minstrels with us. Continue afterwards to Surf Cafe in Plett.

Date Friday 14th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 2 hrs
Start Time 16h00
Cost Free + CapeNature permit required or Wild Card
Walk Leader Galeo Saintz
Directions Robberg Nature Reserve Parking area, Plettenberg Bay

Recurring Walks: Everyday 14 – 17 April 2017     Book below for Friday’s Options:

Walk Name

Description

Notes

Bookings

8km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe View Safari Camp

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This 8 km guided game walk begins with the flat easy 3 km walk in the valley where you will see zebra, wildebeest, Impala, bontebok and springbok. The walk continues up into the hills and indigenous bush where you will probably see giraffe, waterbuck and bush buck. You will stop and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the reserve at our breath taking view point. Bring closed shoes, hats, water, sun cream and cameras.

Date Friday 14th April
Grade Fairly Strenuous
Duration 2.5hr
Start Time 09h00 or 14h00
Cost R 300 pp (half price children under 16)
Walk Leader Giraffe View Safari Camp
Directions Giraffe View Safari Camp, Stofpad Rd, Wittedrift, Plettenberg Bay

The Secret Elephants Forest Experience

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Join Gareth Patterson, award-winning wildlife expert, and author of the acclaimed books, My Lion’s Heart and The Secret Elephants, (which tells of Gareth’s rediscovery of the Knysna elephants) on a unique and personalised experience in the Knysna forest, exploring the magical and mystical world of the Knysna elephants – the most southerly elephants on Earth. This is not a search for the Knysna elephants (who must be left in peace, and undisturbed), but an intimate insight into their world by a man who spent over seven years (and covered some 22,000 km’s on foot – the equivalent of walking half-way around the world), studying these amazing and elusive beings. Please allow 20 minutes for the journey from Knysna, so that you are ready to leave with Gareth at 09H00. This is a very personalized forest experience, whereupon Gareth accompanies participants in their own vehicle. Therefore, usually the maximum number of participants is four (but more depending on vehicle), and a minimum of two. One vehicle/group per forest experience per day.

Date Friday 14th April
Grade Drive with short strolls
Duration 3-4hr
Start Time 09h00
Cost R650 pp (excluding SANParks permit +/- R45 or Wild Card) -please bring cash on the day to pay your walk leader.
Walk Leader Gareth Patterson
Directions Entrance gate at Gareth’s base. Old Cape Road, Knysna. Directions will be sent on registration. Knysna

Sand Boarding Trail

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Brenton Beach Sandboarding Trail A short walk along the quiet Brenton-On-Sea Beach to discover a beautiful sand dune where we walk up and sandboard down and do this over again until we can’t any more. Hiking shoes or running shoes are a must. Don’t forget water, hat sun cream.

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Moderate
Duration 3 hr
Start Time 14h00
Cost R350 pp
Walk Leader Danor Groenewald
Directions Brenton-On-Sea carpark

Walk to the Lions – Hakuna Matata Game

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Be swept away to a farm life, scenic views and the possibility of the silence broken by lion’s roar. A short circular route of approx. 2 km with challenging slopes. On the way we decent moderately while viewing young Macadamia trees and farm animals. We ascend with a moderate, but long hill towards the lion enclosure. Enjoy beautiful views with coffee and rusks (morning walk) or a glass of wine and a canapé (afternoon walk). There will be opportunities to see other game such as impala, zebra, waterbuck, nyala and buffalo depending on where they are roaming. Hopefully our three lions will be out in the open and friendly. We make our way back to the homestead hoping for possible surprises such as vervet monkeys, a bush buck or the Knysna Loerie on the way back. Hakuna Matata Game Farm is situated on the Fragrance Route and accommodation is available.

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Moderate
Duration 2 hr
Start Time 09h30 & 16h00
Cost R 150 includes coffee and rusks (morning walk) / a glass of wine and a canapé (afternoon walk)
Walk Leader Christine Jordaan
Directions Homestead of Hakuna Matata Game Farm, Groot Brakrivier. From the N2, take the offramp to Groot Brakrivier. Turn right into Long Street coming from George/ Turn left into Long Street coming from Mossel Bay. Continue to the third Stop sign; turn left into Amy Searle Street (white church on left corner). Drive for approx. 11 km. Turn left on a gravel road, drive 1 km. Sign on right.

Thesen Island Heritage Walk

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Thesen Island Heritage This is a 1 hour leisurely walking tour of the facts and sights of Thesen Island Harbour Town. Part of the tour is the sightings of the Knysna Endangered Seahorse

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Easy
Duration 1 hr
Start Time 14h00
Cost R150 pp
Walk Leader Anne Centner
Directions Ile de Pain, Thesen Island Harbour Town, Knysna

Interactive Forest Walk

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Take an ‘interactive forest walk’ with a professional guide. This is a lovely little meander through the reserves’ forest edge, perfect for kids and adults alike. We look at the fantastic variety of indigenous trees, and explore the bugs and birds that live amongst them.

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Easy
Duration 1,5 hr
Start Time 16h00
Cost R50 pp (R160 for family of four)
Walk Leader Mark Jones
Directions From Plettenberg Bay along the N2, turn right onto Askop Road, drive all the way to the end of the road where our gate is (please close behind you once in).

Robberg Peninsula Point

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A full walk around this remarkable peninsula. Robberg Nature Reserve offers a variety of plant,bird, mammal and marine life to the visitor which is complimented by breath taking views of Plettenberg Bay,Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Robberg Point Walk is 9.5km.

Date  Friday 14th April 2017
Grade  Strenuous
Duration  5 hrs
Start Time  08h30
Cost  R200 professional guide fee + CapeNature permit or Wild Card. Please bring cash on the day to pay your walk leader.
Walk Leader  Lukhanyo Mdzeke
Directions   Robberg Nature Reserve Parking area, Plettenberg Bay

Knysna Indigenous Forest Walks

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Take a short or longer walk through Knysna’s indigenous forest – world famous for its beauty and giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods. Old or young will enjoy this walk, which gives you the opportunity of possiby hearing the sounds or sightings of forest birds like the Knysna Loerie and discovering the variety of different ferns and fungi. And if you lucky seeing the evidence of the presence of bushbuck and bushpig or even the Knysna Elephant! Not suitable for under 8 years for short (3 km) walk and under 12 years for long (9 km) walk.

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Moderate
Duration 1,5- 3 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost R350 pp + SANParks permit or Wild Card
Walk Leader Anne Centner
Directions Boom at the SanParks hut at Rheenendal
(After Totties Restaurant on Rheenendal Road turn right at sign to Bibby’s Hoek/Gouveld and continue along dirt road to SanParks hut)

3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe View Safari Camp

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Meet 10 mins before hand for the briefing at the poolside boma. This easy flat guided walk is suitable for all of the family. You will see zebra, wildebeest, bontebok, impala and springbok. You will possibly see giraffe, waterbuck and bush buck depending where they are roaming on the reserve. This walk is located in a beautiful, tranquil valley nestled in the hills. Bring closed shoes, water, hats and cameras!

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Fairly Easy
Duration 1 hr
Start Time 09h00 or 14h00
Cost R150 pp ( Half-price for children under 16)
Walk Leader Giraffe View Safari Camp
Directions  Giraffe View Safari Camp, Stofpad Rd, Wittedrift, Plettenberg Bay

The Heads Heritage Walk

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The Knysna Heads tour is a leisurely walk discovering walkways and a touch of history of the heads with spectacular views.

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Easy
Duration 1 hr
Start Time 16h00
Cost R150 pp – professional guide fee
Walk Leader Anne Centner
Directions Easthead Cafe, The Heads

Leermansdrift Farm Hike

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The walk is on a privately owned timber farm. To a large extent it follows the Leerman Stream (a tributary of the Bitou) and has been carved through the indigenous bush. It criss-crosses the stream several times and a good deal of it is under canopy. The walk is relatively new and has probably had less than 50 people walk it.
There are places to swim in the crystal-clear water. Not massive pools, but definitely places to cool down.
I have listed it as a moderate walk, because some areas are quite taxing, but most of it is very easy and relaxed.
No smoking permitted on the walk.
Although the walk is free, we would appreciate a donation to our local Fire Management Unit, who are the first response to wildfires in our area.
If you can’t get hold of me on my cell, send me a WhatsApp message and I will respond. Cell reception on farm is patchy at best!

Date Friday 14th April

Grade Moderate
Duration 2-3hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost Free
Walk Leader Gordon Smith
Directions For sake of ease, I will meet hikers where our farm road meets the Stofpad, near Wittedrif at 08H45. Our turnoff is a few meters past that of Quarry Lake, but on the left hand side of the road. Our turnoff is the last one on the left hand side before the Stofpad changes to dirt. We will then travel in convoy to where the walk starts.
VERY IMPORTANT: Although our farm road is quite fine for Off-road vehicles, bakkies and even vehicles with reasonable clearance, low-slung luxury vehicles will battle. If you don’t have a vehicle with decent clearance, please make arrangements to get ferried in.

Buffels River Walk

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Take a guided walk with us through a 150 hectare indigenous forest; start with a rather steep downhill right down into the valley where we emerge onto the breathtaking wonderland of the Buffels River. Meander along the banks with frequent crossovers before taking a fairly steep uphill back up to end at our conservation education centre”

Date Friday 14th April 2017
Grade Moderate
Duration 3hr
Start Time 07h15
Cost R90 pp (full group of 10 gets 25% discount) – please bring cash on the day to pay your walk leader.
Walk Leader Mark Jones
Directions Brackenburn Private Nature Reserve. End of Askop Road, The Crags. 17 kms North of Plettenberg Bay along the N2, turn right onto Askop Road, drive all the way to the end of the road where our gate is (please close behind you once in).

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