Find Walks & Hiking Trails in the Garden Route

Garden Route Walks & Hiking Trails

Bird Watching Bird Walk

Where? Garden Route Game Lodge, N2, Albertinia, Garden Route, South Africa
Bird Watching Bird Walk , Garden Route
If you are a bird lover and thrive on nature then here is something for you to tweet about. Get yourself to the Garden Route Game Lodge for an outstanding walk in the wild. You can choose to venture on the Bird Walk with or ...

Blombos Trail

Where? Goukamma Nature Reserve, Knysna, Garden Route
Blombos Trail, Garden Route
Start: Goukamma Nature Reserve Finish: Goukamma Nature Reserve Duration: 15 km Fitness: moderate Our tip: Blombos is one of six trails you can choose from in the Goukamma Nature Reserve The Goukamma Reserve might be small ...

Brownhooded Kingfisher Trail

Where? Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape
Brownhooded Kingfisher Trail, Garden Route
Meander through the Wilderness on the Brownhooded / Half Collared Kingfisher Trail which runs along the Duiwe River. This 7.2km walk is easy going and suitable for any fitness level. Walking down the path you will find ...

Buffalo Bay Trail

Where? Goukamma Nature Reserve, Between Knysna and Sedgefield, Garden Route
Buffalo Bay Trail, Garden Route
If you are feeling active and want a stunning location to burn that energy or simply take a gentle walk then why not get on the Buffalo Bay Trail in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in Buffels Bay. This 4.2 kilometer trail has two ...

Bush Pig Trail

Where? Sedgefield, Garden Route, Western Cape
Bush Pig Trail, Garden Route
The Bush Pig Trail is a delightful hike situated just off the Garden Route in Sedgefield. This quiet little town is a gorgeously green retreat near the holiday hotspot of Knysna. Embarking on hikes and walks in this part of the ...

Cape Clawless Otter Trail

Where? Goukamma Nature Reserve, Sedgefield, Garden Route
Cape Clawless Otter Trail, Garden Route
The Cape Clawless Otter Trail is a 6.5km walk in the Goukamma Nature Reserve, along the edge of the Groenvlei Lake. The out-and-return route takes hikers through the forest, and along the beautiful lake, which is surrounded ...

Cheetah Walk

Where? Garden Route Game Lodge, N2, Albertinia, Garden Route, South Africa
Cheetah Walk, Garden Route
Visit the Garden Route Game Lodge and indulge yourself in an experience of a lifetime! The Cheetah Conservation Centre is a fantastic place where you can interact with and learn more about these Fabulous Felines. Get the facts ...

Circles in a Forest Hiking Trail

Where? Start at Goldfield State Forest Krisjanse-Nek picnic site (at the Dalene Matthee memorial), near Knysna
Circles in a Forest Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Start: Goldfield State Forest Krisjanse-Nek picnic site (at the Dalene Matthee memorial), near Knysna Finish: Krisjanse-Nek picnic site Duration: 3 km – 9 km Fitness: moderate Our tip: look out for the Cape dwarf chameleon, ...

Cradock Peak Trail

Where? Outeniqua Nature reserve, 5km outside of George, Garden Route, Western Cape
Cradock Peak Trail, Garden Route
Feeling fit, energetic, enthusiastic and full of adventure? Great then get down to the Outeniqua Nature Reserve office which you will find at Witfontein near George, grab a permit and join the Cradock Peak trail. This ...

Day Trails Along the Garden Route

Where? Various trails in Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield, Mossel Bay, Garden Route
Day Trails Along the Garden Route, Garden Route
Aside from the obvious and most famous hikes along the Garden Route, like the Otter Trail, the Oystercatcher Trail, the Dolphin Trail or the Tsitsikamma Trails, there are a host of other walks one can do in and around the ...

Drupkelders Hiking Trail

Where? On the N2 between Knysna and Sedgefield, Rheenendal, Knysna, Garden Route
Drupkelders Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Get your family together, pack a picnic, bring along your swimming costumes and get on the Drupkelders Trail. This fantastic forest trail is about 40 minutes long with the last 10 minutes being quite steep leading up to a ...

Eden to Addo Hike

Where? The hike starts in Knysna and ends in Addo.
Eden to Addo Hike, Garden Route
The Eden to Addo hike is considered by some as the longest, if not the toughest hiking trail in South Africa. Regarded as a 'mega' hike, the Eden to Addo entails an 18-day haul from Knysna to Addo and the Addo Elephant National ...

Elephant Walk Trails

Where? Diepwalle Forest Station, Knysna, Garden Route
Elephant Walk Trails, Garden Route
For a fun forest walk with a difference, get onto the Elephant Walk in Diepwalle Forest. This fantastic trail can be done in 3 sections. There is a 9 kilometre walk that is marked in black, the second is 8 kilometres and is ...

Ethno Botanical Garden & Braille Trail

Where? Access to the Gardens is via the entrance at the Granery at the Dias Museum Complex, 1 Market Street, Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa.
Ethno Botanical Garden & Braille Trail, Garden Route
The Ethno Botanical Garden & Braille Trail is located within the rolling grounds of the Dias Museum Complex, amongst greenery, and splendid views of Santos Beach and Mossel Bay. The complex contains several buildings within the ...

Explore the Keurbooms River Reserve

Where? Keurbooms River Reserve, Keurboomstrand, near Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Explore the Keurbooms River Reserve, Garden Route
The beautiful Keurbooms River nature reserve that stretches over a distance of 2500 hectares, is bisected by the Keurbooms River and overlooks the estuary. Despite the fact that the estuary below the N2 bridge falls outside of ...

Forest Buzzard Trail

Where? Start and finish at Witfontein forestry station in George, Garden Route
Forest Buzzard Trail, Garden Route
Start: Witfontein forestry station, Witfontein Nature Reserve, north of George Finish: Witfontein Nature Reserve Duration: 2.2 km Fitness: easy, ideal for children Our tip: for those after a more arduous hike, an alternative ...

Fourcade Trail

Where? You will need to obtain a permit from the Witelsbos Forest Station before you can commence this trail. Find this station when you turn off the N2 after travelling 11km east from the Storms River bridge.
Fourcade Trail, Garden Route
Set aside two full days to complete the Fourcade Trail which is a circular route that is 24km long. The trail was opened in 1991 and departs from the depot next to the forest below Witelskop and since it is a circular route you ...

Gap Circuit

Where? Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Gap Circuit, Garden Route
The Robberg Nature Reserve is only about eight kilometres from the holiday Mecca of Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route. It is an aesthetically spectacular place, offering magnificent views and absolute peace and tranquillity. ...

Garden of Eden Forest Walk

Where? Harkerville Forest, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Garden of Eden Forest Walk, Garden Route
Start: Harkerville Forest, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Finish: Harkerville Forest Duration: 1 km, ideal for the elderly or as a pit stop on the N2 Fitness: very easy Our tip: there is a small office at the entrance to ...

Goukamma Nature Reserve Trails

Where? Goukamma Nature Reserve, between George and Knysna, Sedgefield, Garden Route
Goukamma Nature Reserve Trails, Garden Route
The Goukamma Nature Reserve has a number of breathtaking trails (literally!) Stroll through the Milkwood forests and beach area where phenomenal dune vegetation grows. The coastline stretches for about 14 kilometers and is a ...

Gouriqua Hiking Trail

Where? Gouriqua Campsite, Albertinia, Garden Route
Gouriqua Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Albertinia is a small, quiet town set below the Langeberg Mountain Range. It is known as the home of the Aloe, where this indigenous plant grows busily all around the area. Albertinia lies between Mossel Bay and Riversdale and ...

Great Brak River Village Walk

Where? Starting Point is at Southern Cross Road, Great Brak River. No permit required.
Great Brak River Village Walk, Garden Route
The Garden Route is a spectacular part of the South African coastline, extending from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. It showcases some of the most spectacular landscapes and seascapes imaginable and continues to lure ...

Groeneweide Trail

Where? Start at the Saasveld Campus at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in George, Garden Route.
Groeneweide Trail, Garden Route
Start: Saasveld campus, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University End: the Kaaimans River Duration: 7 – 15 km Fitness: relatively easy Our tip: you will find self-issue permits at the start of the trail just across the golf ...

Grysbok and Bushbuck Trails

Where? Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near the village of Suurbraak or Heidelberg, Cape Overberg
Grysbok and Bushbuck Trails, Garden Route
Start: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, near the little village of Suurbraak or Heidelberg Finish: Grootvadersbosch Reserve Duration: various Fitness: moderate Our tip: their campsite, which has only a limited number of ...

Harkerville Forest Flora Trail

Where? Harkerville Forest, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Harkerville Forest Flora Trail, Garden Route
Discover the beauty of the Garden Route and its lush forested countryside on the Harkerville Forest Flora Trail. This is an easy trail of one kilometre that takes only an hour to complete. It is perfect as an energising activity ...

Hike the Dolphin Trail

Where? Start at Tsitsikamma National Park and end at The Fernery at Forest Ferns.
Hike the Dolphin Trail, Garden Route
For those hikers who know the rigours of the Otter Trail, and for those who have never had the luck or the courage to hike it, why not take a well earned break and come and enjoy the unrivalled beauty and luxury of the Dolphin ...

Hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve

Where? Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route.
Hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve, Garden Route
Robberg Nature Reserve is a charged booster of outdoor living - incredible scenery, views over shoreline and sea, a thriving Cape fur seal colony, a huge diversity of bird life, and uniquely beautiful fynbos. You have access ...

Hiking the Robberg Peninsula

Where? Start and finish at the parking area at the Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Hiking the Robberg Peninsula, Garden Route
Start: parking area at the Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve Finish: parking area Duration: three circular routes, ranging from 2 km to 11 km Fitness: the 11 km route is challenging Our tip: take your camera, do the hike in ...

Hiking Trails in Still Bay

Where? Visit the Stilbaai Tourism office for directions.
Hiking Trails in Still Bay, Garden Route
A highlight of a visit to Still Bay (also known as Stilbaai) is the Noordkapper Hiking trail which follows the coastline to Jongensfontein, one of the two villages (the other is Melkhoutfontein) just outside Stilbaai, home to the ...

Hunter Gatherer Hike

Where? Boggomsbaai, Garden Route
Hunter Gatherer Hike, Garden Route
Start: Boggomsbaai, Garden Route Finish: Gouritz Duration: daily distances vary; 12km - 20km Fitness: relatively fit if you are going to tackle the five days Our tip: the slackpacker version includes all meals and ...

Kingfisher Trails

Where? Start at the Wilderness National Park near the Touws River bridge, Garden Route
Kingfisher Trails, Garden Route
Start: Wilderness National Park near the Touws River bridge Duration: varying between 3.8 km and 10 km Fitness: easy and pefect for children or elderly people Our tip: don't walk during wet weather as the river tends to flood ...

Koumashoek Circuit

Where? Ruiterbos Area on the Robinson Pass, Between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
Koumashoek Circuit, Garden Route
The Koumasoek Circuit is a hiking trail for the fit and experienced hiker, due to its arduous and long trail. With steep climbs and 14.7 km long length, this trail is not for the faint-hearted, although the natural beauty of ...

Kranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail

Where? Start and finish at Kranshoek picnic site, Kranshoek Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay
Kranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Start: Kranshoek picnic site, Kranshoek Nature Reserve Finish: Kranshoek picnic site Duration: 9 km, 5 hours Fitness: fit (this is a challenging hike) Our tip: There is an alternative 4 km route up to the viewpoint and then ...

Moonlight Meander

Where? Swartvlei Beach, Sedgefield, Garden Route
Moonlight Meander, Garden Route
No sunblock required for this trail! The moonlight Meander or Starlight Stroll as its known by some is an extremely popular walk that you should book for in advance. The idea is that you go in the evening during the full or ...

Mossel Bay Historic Walk

Where? Start at the Mossel Bay Tourism office, Mossel Bay, Garden Route
Mossel Bay Historic Walk, Garden Route
Put on your walking shoes and discover the historical buildings and facts in the Old Quarter of Mossel Bay. You can pick up a map at the Mossel Bay Tourism office that will mark all the historical buildings along Mossel Bay's ...

Outeniqua Hiking Trail

Where? 1-7 days long, depending, 108 kms altogether
Outeniqua Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Set in the gorgeous Garden Route, this one of the most popular hikes, and one of the oldest. A seven-day trail in its entirety it starts at Beervlei Hut, an old forest station, and finishes at Harkerville hut near another ...

Perdekop Hiking Trail

Where? Harkerville Forest Station, Harkerville, Garden Route
Perdekop Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Start: Harkerville Forest Station Finish: Harkerville Forest Station Duration: 9.5 km, roughly 4 hours, a circular route Fitness: you need to be able to finish the hike, but it isn't difficult Our tip: there are pale yellow ...

Point Circuit

Where? Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route.
Point Circuit, Garden Route
Along the Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay you can take part in a 9.2 kilometer Point Circuit trail that will allow you to explore the nature reserve and see all its wonders. Discover the magnificent rock pools and ...

Point of Human Origins Experience

Where? Tours begin at the Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Resort’s reception building on Pinnacle Point Road, Mossel Bay, Garden Route
Point of Human Origins Experience, Garden Route
"We know from genetic research that all people alive today are descendants of the core population of less than a thousand individuals who lived in Africa between 150 000 and 200 000 years ago – and what we've found here shows ...

Point Shack Trail

Where? Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Point Shack Trail, Garden Route
The Robberg Nature Reserve is perched along the Garden Route at Plettenberg Bay, and is a fabulous hub of natural beauty and exciting species. The Point Shack was situated on the eastern point of the reserve, showing off the ...

Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail

Where? Start and finish near the tea room in Natures Valley, Tsitsikamma. You need to collect a permit at the office at De Vasselot campsite.
Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Start: near the tea room in Natures Valley Finish: circular route Duration: 5 kms Fitness: moderate Our tip: get your map and permit from the office at De Vasselot campsite Natures Valley takes you into the heart of the ...

Skaapplaas Hiking Trail

Where? Mossel Bay
Skaapplaas Hiking Trail, Garden Route
This hiking trail is accredited and takes around five or six hours to complete, depending on the size of your group and your individual abilities. The Skaapplaas Trail is 10 kilometres long, and takes hikers through gorgeous ...

St Blaize Hiking Trail

Where? Road shuttle services are available to meet you and return you to your vehicle by prior arrangement. Please contact them on the numbers provided below:
St Blaize Hiking Trail , Garden Route
The Garden Route, specifically the area around Mossel Bay, is home to the breath-taking vistas offered by the St. Blaize Hiking Trail. This trail begins at the cave just below the St. Blaize Lighthouse and extends for 13.5 ...

Storms River Walks and Hikes

Where? Storms River Village, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
Storms River Walks and Hikes, Garden Route
Start: Storms River village Finish: Storms River village Duration: 4 km to 8 km Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: the Baz bus stops in the village, for those without transport The village of Storms River is often confused ...

Terblans Hiking Trail

Where? Start at Grootdraai picnic site, Knysna, Garden Route
Terblans Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Terblans Hiking Trails is a circular day walk that is perfect for the whole family, due to its ease and relatively short length of 3 hours in all. The trail traverses the Gouna indigenous forest, and crosses areas of the home ...

The Elephant Walk

Where? Diepwalle Forest Station, near Knysna, Garden Route
The Elephant Walk, Garden Route
Start: Diepwalle Forest Station, near Knysna Finish: Diepwalle Forest Station Duration: 20 km, roughly 7 hours Fitness: moderate Our tip: you can get your walking permit from the office at Diepwalle Also known as the ...

The Harkerville Hike

Where? Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
The Harkerville Hike, Garden Route
The two day Harkerville hike starts gently; following paths through the forest that criss cross over horse and bike trails. However, the hard work starts as you reach the chain section. Not for the faint hearted, the rock face ...

Tsitsikamma Hiking Trails

Where? Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Storms River camp
Tsitsikamma Hiking Trails, Garden Route
Start: Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Storms River camp Finish: Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Storms River camp Duration: 1 km to 6 km Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: you don't need permits to do these walks, although you will ...

Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail

Where? Lottering Forestry Station, Tsitsikamma
Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, Garden Route
The Green Flag Certified Tsitiskamma trail is the first officially accredited hiking trail and will take you through mountain fynbos and the green, flourishing forests. The ancient river gorges and abundance of rivers and streams ...

Walking Keurboomstrand

Where? Start and finish at the parking lot at the wooden boardwalk, Keurboomstrand, Garden Route
Walking Keurboomstrand, Garden Route
Start: At the parking lot at the wooden boardwalk, Keurboomstrand Finish: back where you started Duration: about 3 km one way, although you can also head up to the cliff path above the beach Fitness: easy walking fitness; if ...

Woodville Forest Walk

Where? Off R102 from George towards Knysna, Hoekwil, Garden Route
Woodville Forest Walk, Garden Route
Woodville Forest Walk is a circular route that takes about 1.5 hours to complete. It is an easy walk and suitable for the whole family. The main attraction along this beautiful route is the ‘Big Tree’. This fossil is a ...

Cadeau Hiking Trails

Where? Farm Cadeau, Robbehoek, Witelsbos, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route / Eastern Cape
Cadeau Hiking Trails, Garden Route
Start: Cadeau Finish: Cadeau Duration: two one-day guided trails for groups of no more than 12 Fitness: an average five hour hike each day along the coastline; some of the walking is technical Our tip: these hikes are a ...

De Vasselot Hikes of the Tsitsikamma

Where? De Vasselot Nature Reserve, Natures Valley, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
De Vasselot Hikes of the Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
Start: De Vasselot Nature Reserve, Nature's Valley Finish: De Vasselot Nature Reserve, Nature's Valley Duration: 4.8 to 17 km Fitness: easy to difficult Our tip: stay overnight in Nature's Valley De Vasselot lies on the ...

Eden to Addo Hike

Where? The hike starts in Knysna and ends in Addo.
Eden to Addo Hike, Garden Route
The Eden to Addo hike is considered by some as the longest, if not the toughest hiking trail in South Africa. Regarded as a 'mega' hike, the Eden to Addo entails an 18-day haul from Knysna to Addo and the Addo Elephant National ...

Fourcade Trail

Where? You will need to obtain a permit from the Witelsbos Forest Station before you can commence this trail. Find this station when you turn off the N2 after travelling 11km east from the Storms River bridge.
Fourcade Trail, Garden Route
Set aside two full days to complete the Fourcade Trail which is a circular route that is 24km long. The trail was opened in 1991 and departs from the depot next to the forest below Witelskop and since it is a circular route you ...

Hike the Dolphin Trail

Where? Start at Tsitsikamma National Park and end at The Fernery at Forest Ferns.
Hike the Dolphin Trail, Garden Route
For those hikers who know the rigours of the Otter Trail, and for those who have never had the luck or the courage to hike it, why not take a well earned break and come and enjoy the unrivalled beauty and luxury of the Dolphin ...

Hike the Otter Trail

Where? From Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Hike the Otter Trail, Garden Route
The Otter Trail follows the magnificent Garden Route coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature's Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. The trail is 42,5 kms long and takes 4 to 5 days to complete. The Otter Trail follows ...

Kalander Kloof Hiking Trail

Where? Natures Valley, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route, South Africa
Kalander Kloof Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Nature’s Valley is, undoubtedly, one of the natural gems of South Africa. Its peaceful ambience and breath-taking beauty is simultaneously humbling and awe-inspiring, bearing testament to the natural wealth of South Africa. ...

Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail

Where? Start and finish near the tea room in Natures Valley, Tsitsikamma. You need to collect a permit at the office at De Vasselot campsite.
Salt River Mouth Hiking Trail, Garden Route
Start: near the tea room in Natures Valley Finish: circular route Duration: 5 kms Fitness: moderate Our tip: get your map and permit from the office at De Vasselot campsite Natures Valley takes you into the heart of the ...

Stinkhoutkloof Hike

Where? Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest, Garden Route / Eastern Cape
Stinkhoutkloof Hike, Garden Route
Start: Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest, between Plettenberg Bay and Humansdorp Finish: Bloukrans Forest Station, Tsitsikamma forest Duration: 8 km Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: no need to book this trail, ...

Storms River Walks and Hikes

Where? Storms River Village, Tsitsikamma, Garden Route
Storms River Walks and Hikes, Garden Route
Start: Storms River village Finish: Storms River village Duration: 4 km to 8 km Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: the Baz bus stops in the village, for those without transport The village of Storms River is often confused ...

The Storms River Suspension Bridge

Where? Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River, Tsitsikamma.
The Storms River Suspension Bridge, Garden Route
The suspension bridge that hangs over the red-brown waters of the Storms River Mouth spans 77 metres and remains one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Tsitsikamma region of the Eastern Cape. Situated within the ...

Tsitsikamma Hiking Trails

Where? Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Storms River camp
Tsitsikamma Hiking Trails, Garden Route
Start: Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Storms River camp Finish: Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Storms River camp Duration: 1 km to 6 km Fitness: easy to moderate Our tip: you don't need permits to do these walks, although you will ...

Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail

Where? Lottering Forestry Station, Tsitsikamma
Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail, Garden Route
The Green Flag Certified Tsitiskamma trail is the first officially accredited hiking trail and will take you through mountain fynbos and the green, flourishing forests. The ancient river gorges and abundance of rivers and streams ...

Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall

Where? Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall, R328, 8km outside Oudtshoorn en route to Cango Caves, Klein Karoo, Western Cape
Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall, Garden Route
Rust-en-Vrede taken from the Afrikaans expression for 'rest and peace' is true to its translation in setting. Indigenous plants and animal life flanks a trail of bridges and paths that lead you up the Swartberg Mountains to a ...
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