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Saturday 15 April 2017

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Walk Name

Description

Duration

Pace

Difficulty

Kalanderkloof Circle, Nature’s Valley

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The Kalanderkloof hike is surrounded by fynbos and has lovely view points over Nature’s Valley. The walk will include information about the fynbos like the importance of fire, pollination and seed dispersal as well as the medicinal and cultural uses of some of the plants in the area. There will also be a handout with information.

Date Saturday 15th April

Grade Easy
Duration 2,5hr
Start Time 8h00
Walk Leader Kellyn Whitehead
Directions Meeting place is at picnic site just before the Groot River Pass along the R102, Natures Valley.

Coffee Club Walk

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We will gather at Fournil  – enjoy a quick cappuccino and then set off uphill for Claire’s and the Courtyard Cafe. After another quick cuppa and water, we will take a leisurely stroll uphill to the Uppity Deck and Hola! Hola serves the best coffee in town! Here the exhausted walkers will be rewarded with a last cappuccino a chocolate and some warming elixir!

Date Saturday 15 April

Grade Easy
Duration 2 hrs
Start Time 11h00
Cost Free
Walk Leader Angus Greig
Directions Meet at Fournil in the Lookout Centre, Plettenberg Bay

Tsitsi-Tuiner Kurland Community Gardens Walk

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This walk will be led by a community initiative, Tsitsi-Tuinier Gardening Club. Our walk will take you around Kurland Village showcasing 10 of our most spectacular (veggie, ornamental and indigenous) gardens cared for by our club members and Kurland community members.

Date Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1-2hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost Additional Charity Donation for NGO leading the walk.
Walk Leader Roland Damons
Directions Kurland Village Community Hall, The Crags

Groot Brak Island Dog Walk

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Well behaved dogs on leash are most welcome. We will cross the bridge leading to the Island and walk around this picturesque landmark – enjoying the fresh air and also the Great Brak River mouth. Information about the history of the Island will be supplied and bird and fauna life as well.

Date Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1hr
Start Time 07h00
Cost Free + optional Donation for NGO leading the walk.
Walk Leader Barry Greyvenstein
Directions Meet just before crossing the narrow bridge leading to the Island in Great Brak River – off Morrisen Street near the Transkaroo Restaurant

Discover Nature’s Genius and the Practice of Biomimicry

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Come meet nature’s extraordinary architects, engineers, designers and scientists! During this engaging and thought-provoking experience, we will meander slowly through Knysna’s hidden gem, the Pledge Nature Reserve while Sue Swain, a certified biomimicry educator, facilitates your journey of discovery into the fascinating world of plants, animals and microbes and the practice of biomimicry. Combining immersive theatre with interactive games, this ‘trail’ with a difference, offers an experience guaranteed to change the way you view and value the natural world. Suitable for adults and children aged 10 years and older.

Date  Saturday 15 April 2017
Grade   Easy
Duration  2hr
Start Time  14h30
Cost  R125 pp + CapeNature permit or Wild Card. Please bring cash to pay your walk leader on the day. 
Walk Leader  Sue Swain
Directions   Lower entrance, Pledge Nature Reserve (turn into Mains Square (at Steers) and head past Polvo Coffee Shop on your left (where you need to buy your entrance permit (R20 for adults, R10 for children) and head up the slight ramp to the entrance to Pledge Nature Reserve)

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 Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 4 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 Keurbooms

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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 Saturday 15th 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. 

Cape Dune Molerat Trail

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Probably the most scenic walk in the Lakes. Diversity of vegetation: fynbos, coastal dune forest. Rondevlei Bird Hide. Start at Wilderness National Park Rondevlei. Hiking boots essential due to Mole Holes!

Date Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Fairly Strenous
Duration 3- 4hrs
Start Time 08h00
Cost R150 pp + SANParks permit or Wild Card
Walk Leader Judy Dixon
Directions Wolweriver road, Rondevlei, Sedgefield

Whisky Creek

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The Whisky Creek ramble goes from the Glen Loerie house at the top of the ridge down through thick indigenous forest to the river below (200m steeply down) The path to the river is steep, rough and can be slippery. It requires some scrambling down in places holding onto trees. There are lovely views across the forest and huge old trees. It then meanders along the creek and up the other side. There are big natural swimming pools along the way with waterfalls. Wear old clothes that can get dirty. Bring a swimming costume.

Date Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Fairly Strenous
Duration 3 hrs
Start Time 09h00
Cost Free
Walk Leader Jane Luck
Directions Glen Loerie”, 10 N2 Highway. Directions: from Plett take the N2 towards The Crags, 8.2kms after the Keurbooms River Bridge turn left at sign ‘Moonshine’ take the left entrance to Glen Loerie, 200m, park under the oak tree.

Forest Bathing

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Forest Bathing is a slow meditative walk in Pledge Nature Reserve ,the heart of Knysna . It derives from an Japanese practice Shinrin Yoku which aim is to develops mindfulness and presence while moving through nature.
You will be guided through a meditation in assisting opening the senses as a group and then have some solo time for bathing and meet back for tea .

Date Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 1-2hrs
Start Time 08h00
Cost R20
Walk Leader Lolla Odendaal
Directions The lower gate behind the Oyster Walk flats. Turn in between Steers and Postnet off the N2 , opposite the Knysna Mall.

Circles in the Forest

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For nature lovers of all ages and levels of fitness, take a walk with me along the Circles in a Forest Trail , exploring in depth the setting of Dalene Matthee’s well loved Forest Novel. We’ll also cover the beautiful Indigenous Trees of the Knysna Forest as well as Historical Points of Interest and Forest Lore and Legend.

Date Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 3hrs
Start Time 14h00
Cost R75 and SANParks  permit or Wild Card – Please bring cash on the day to pay your walk leader. 
Walk Leader Meagan Vermaas
Directions Krisjan se Nek, Millwood Forest, Rheenendal. Dalene Matthee Memorial, Knysna

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 Saturday 15th 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

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 Saturday 15th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 2hrs
Start Time 10h30
Cost R 100pp, SANParks permit required or Wild Card
Walk Leader Philippa Glazer
Directions Kranshoek Viewpoint (Please park here)

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

Walk Name

Description

Duration

Pace

Difficulty

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 Saturday 15th 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

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  Saturday 15 April 2017
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

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, Saturday 15th April, Sunday 16th April & Monday 17th April

Grade Easy
Duration 1,5 hr
Start Time 16h00
Cost R50 pp (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).

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, Saturday 15th April, Sunday 16th April & 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

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 Saturday 15th April

Grade Easy

Duration 1 hr
Start Time 16h00
Cost R150 pp 
Walk Leader Anne Centner
Directions Easthead Cafe, The Heads

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 Saturday 15th April

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

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 Saturday 15th 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)

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 Saturday 15th 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 Saturday 15th 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.

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 Saturday 15th 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.

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 Friday 14th April, Saturday 15th April, Sunday 16th April & Monday 17th April
Grade Drive with short strolls
Duration 3-4hr
Start Time 09h00
Cost R650 pp + 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

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, Saturday 15th April, Sunday 16th April & Monday 17th 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

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