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Monday 17 April 2017

Festival Hotline: 082 888 8181

Walk Name

Description

Duration

Pace

Difficulty

Rastafarian Vibe Walk

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A cultural and historical walk through the Knysna Rastafarian community lead by brother Zebelon through Kayalethu.

Date Monday 17th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1.5 hrs
Start Time 11h00
Cost R 70 pp
Walk Leader Brother Zebelon
Directions Judas Square, Knysna

Tidal Pool Meander

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Unique encounter with Nature, a walk on the beach 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 fascinating inhabitants of the sandy shore, the rocky shore and the rock pools. A distance of 3.4kms, duration 3-4 hours. Requirements: shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Date Monday 17th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 3-4hrs
Start Time 11h00
Cost R150pp Professional Guide Fee
Walk Leader Judy Dixon
Directions Swartvlei beach, Sedgefield

Peak Formosa

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Early start to this full day adventure to the highest peak in the Tsitsikamma range. A challenging climb with unbelievable views. A fun day out for fit and experienced hikers. Some exposure on one section – so you will need a good head for heights.

Date Monday 17th April 2017

Grade Strenuous
Duration 14 hrs
Start Time 04h30
Cost Free
Bring Note the early start. Have sunblock, water bottles, swimming kit, hat, windbreaker (can get cold up there), breakfast for in the car on the way, lunch pack.
Walk Leader Galeo Saintz
Directions Plett Engen Garage, Plettenberg Bay

Giant Kingfisher Trail – Half-Collared

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Half-collared/Giant Kingfisher Trail in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route Park. This is a forest walk up the valley of the Touw River. Starting on the west bank, the route crosses to the east and after about 3½ km reaches its end at a waterfall set amid a jumble of granite boulders.

Date Monday 17th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 3-4 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost SANParks permit required
Walk Leader Hugo Leggatt
Directions At western end of road-rail bridge near Ebb-and-Flow rest camp, Wilderness

Ysterhoutrug Pad

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The first section of this walk is called “Ou Spoorlyn”. It follows the route of an old railway line that operated between Knysna and Diepwalle in the early days, carrying timber out of, and other goods into the forest. There are beautiful tree ferns to be seen in the bed of the stream, that make it seem as if you are entering a magical enchanting forest, with beautiful old Stinkwood trees growing in tangled clumps. The walk end at the 600 year of “Big Tree”

Date Monday 17th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 2 hrs
Start Time 10h00
Cost SANParks permit required
Walk Leader Jenny Watson
Directions Ysterhoutrug Picnic Site. From Knysna take the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay. About 4km from Knysna take the R339 Uniondale turnoff to the left, follow this road for 14km and picnic site on your left.

103 Steps

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103 Steps is a little oasis in a tranquil and peaceful setting. Inviting visitors to explore the nooks and crannies that lead to a treasure hunt of succulents, sculptures and playful ray of sunlight.

The 27 seated amphitheatre plays host to open air concerts, poetry reading and candle evenings and picnic space.

103 Steps is associated with finding your inner peace, beauty, abundance it is a sanctuary for the tiered and weary, providing a footrest from the daily rush.

Google coordinates

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E 22 degrees “12.594”

Date Monday 17th April 2017

Grade Easy, children over 14 years only
Duration 1 hr
Start Time 07h30
Cost Free
Walk Leader Laurinda Smit
Directions 103 Steps; Sandhoogtepad; Grootbrak-rivier. 6525
Turn Off N2 From George, STOP street turn right. First 3 way STOP turn left: Sandhoogtpad. 500 meters 103 Steps on your right side.

Vertical Walk

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This is a vertical walk with AFRI-ABSEIL on their site! Traverse a section of rock with the via ferrata system of ladder like steps, while attached to a steel cable, out to the abseil point. This is where your vertical walk begins. Abseil down a 50m sheer rock face onto the banks of an ancient river course. Great views, wide open skies – explore your spirit of adventure. No previous experience needed. Min age 10yrs+. Booking essential.

Date Monday 17th April 2017
Grade Moderate
Duration 2hr
Start Time 08h00 (and every hour of the day)
Cost R 200 pp (this is a festival special half price) – please book through thir website. 
Walk Leader Africanyon
Directions Directions to follow once booked, The Crags

Inner Space 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 Flora Trail route, ending off with a 45 minute Hatha yoga flow class and silent meditation at the Kranshoek viewpoint.

The Flora Trail provides the hiker with a shady forest walk, ideally for educational and spiritual fulfillment. Please wear comfortable clothes you can stretch in, comfortable walking shoes, and bring along a light yoga mat or towel and water you can carry. Also feel free to bring a packed picnic lunch to be enjoyed with spectacular views when we’re done.

Date Monday 17th April 2017
Grade Moderate
Duration 2hr
Start Time 10h30
Cost R 100 pp 
Walk Leader Philippa Glazer
Directions Kranshoek Viewpoint (Please park here)

Great Brak River Museum Walk

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During the Easter weekend we are walking under and over the Bridges of Great Brak River with a little bit of ancient Geology thrown in.

We will start at the museum, visit the Charles street Bridge, walk down Station Road to the three to four bridges crossing the Great Brak River over the Island Bridge and we will finish on the beach.

Date  Monday 17th April
Grade   Easy
Duration  2hrs
Start Time  Register at 09h00 
Cost  Free
Walk Leader  René de Kock
Directions   Great Brak River Museum

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

Walk Name

Description

Duration

Pace

Difficulty

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 Monday 17th April

Grade Moderate
Duration 1,5- 3 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost R350 pp – professional guide fee & SANParks permit
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)

Robberg Peninsula Point Walk

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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  Monday 17th April
Grade  Strenuous
Duration  5 hrs
Start Time  08h30
Cost  Cape Nature permit required – R200 professional guide fee – please bring cash on the day to pay your walk leader.
Walk Leader  Lukhanyo Mdzeke
Directions   Robberg Nature Reserve Parking area, Plettenberg Bay

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 Monday 17th 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

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. The route will start at the homestead where art and farm products (in season) can be bought. On the way we decent moderately while viewing young Macadamia trees and farm animals. We pass our self-catering cottages overlooking a dam (bird viewing). 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. Self-catering accommodation available on the farm: www.hakunamatatagf.co.za. Like our Facebook page and post your walk photos on our wall: www.facebook.com/hakunamatatagf. Hakuna Matata Game Farm is situated on the Fragrance Route, view : www.proemb.co.za

Date Monday 17th 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.

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 Monday 17th April

Grade Easy

Duration 1 hr

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

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 Monday 17th April
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).

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 Monday 17th April
Grade Fairly Strenuous
Duration 2.5hr
Start Time 09h00 or 14h00
Cost R 300 pp (half price children under 16) – please bring cash on the day to pay your walk leader.
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. In turn one vehicle/group per forest experience per day.

Date Monday 17th April
Grade Drive with short strolls
Duration 3-4hr
Start Time 09h00
Cost R650 pp (excluding SANParks permit) -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 Monday 17th April

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

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 Monday 17th April

Grade Easy
Duration 1,5 hr
Start Time 16h00
Cost R50 P/P (R160 for family of four)
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).

Pledge Nature Reserve Walk

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We have approximately 5kms of walking trails with the lower part around the ponds being fairly level and pathways with some steps taking you up to the view point, which is 60meters above sea level, allowing you a magnificent view of Knysna, the lagoon and the heads. Walking through the lower forested area listening to the bird’s one can only enjoy the quietness and yet you are in the centre of town. Generally a guided walk takes between 1 to 2hrs depending on how much time walkers take to admire the Trees, Fynbos and the views. The upper part of the Reserve has the endangered Knysna shale Fynbos for you to enjoy with the views.

Date  Monday 17th April
Grade   Fairly Easy
Duration  1-2hr
Start Time  09h00 
Cost  R 20 per adult and R 10 per child – please bring cash to pay your walk leader on the day. 
Walk Leader  Mervyn
Directions   At Pledge Nature Reserve Entrance Gate, Knysna

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