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Sunday 16 April 2017

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Walk Name

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Duration

Pace

Difficulty

Kid’s Coastal Pirate Walk

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A Robinson Crusoe style beach walk for kids. Come dressed as pirates and adventure along the coves and beaches from Keurboomstrand looking for treasure (chocolate coins and more).

Date Sunday 16th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 2 hrs
Start Time 09h30
Cost Free
Walk Leader Galeo Saintz 
Directions Enrico Restaurant car park, Keurbooms Beach

The Perfect Walk

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This walk is not called the Perfect Walk for nothing ! Approx 3 hours of blissful walking along beach, forest and fynbos with some elevation involved. Come prepared for a swim in the rock pools too ! Walk pace is brisk !

Date Sunday 16th April 2017

Grade Moderate
Duration 3hrs
Start Time 08h00
Cost Free
Walk Leader Elbie Pama
Directions Enrico Restaurant car park, Keurbooms Beach

High-Tea through Redford Conservancy

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A beautiful walk on the Redford House Property – a private 20ha nature reserve. You will see stunning fynbos, forest edges and wetland areas full of bird life. The walk will be divided in two. The first loop will be done in an hour where we will break for high tea and then continue on the second loop for another hour.

Date Sunday 16th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 2hrs
Start Time 15h00
Cost R 20 for the high tea and any donations towards the Redford Conservancy is welcome.
Walk Leader Coleen Noble
Directions Redford house, Redford Rd, The Crags. Look for no. 12 Redford Road. We are exactly 3 km from the N2, along the Redford Road. Look out for white poles at the entrance, and a big white sign that says REDFORD GUEST HOUSE.

Walking with Poetry

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A gentle and slow walk interspersed with a variety of nature poetry from the well know to new voices. A soulful and meditative walking experience in the forest. Suitable for the whole family with kids over 10 years of age.

Date Sunday 16th April 2017

Grade Easy
Duration 2hrs
Start Time 16h00
Cost SANParks permit required
Walk Leader Galeo Saintz
Directions Garden of Eden N2 between Plett and Knysna

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. The Perdekop day walk provides the hiker with a shady forest walk, ideally for educational and spiritual fulfillment.

Date Sunday 16th April 2017

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.

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

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Duration

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Difficulty

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  Sunday 16th April 
Grade   Easy
Duration  2hr
Start Time  14h30
Cost  Walk requires a CapeNature permit – I am not a registered professional guide, but am a certified biomimicry educator and would like to charge a fee of R125 pp as the recommended Charity Donation to BioWise – 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)

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  Sunday 16th 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

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 Sunday 16th 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 Sunday 16th 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).Brenton-On-Sea carpark

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 Sunday 16th April

Grade Fairly Easy
Duration 1 hr
Start Time 09h00 or 14h00
Cost R150 pp and half price for children under 16
Walk Leader Giraffe View Safari Camp
Directions Giraffe View Safari Camp, Stofpad Rd, Wittedrift, 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 Sunday 16th 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)

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 Sunday 16th 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 Sunday 16th 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.

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.  Hakuna Matata Game Farm is situated on the Fragrance Route

Date Sunday 16th 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 Sunday 16th 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

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  Sunday 16th 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

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 Sunday 16th 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 Sunday 16th 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  Sunday 16th 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

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