HIKING IN THE GARDEN ROUTE
There is so much beauty among the closed-canopy forest walks, hearing the trees rustle while you
smell the freshness of the damp soil, and hear the birds chirping.
People who have visited our little treasure in the forest will know that we have a walk starting right outside our gate and great things to do. Drupkelders, the beauty of this trail is the fact that only 15 people are allowed a day, making it one of the most peaceful trails around. We also have the Bibbys’ Hoek Garden Route National Park gate at the entrance to the road leading up to our gate. All permits can be obtained from them and, once you pass through their gate you have both the Circles in the Forest hiking trail. This trail is really stunning, and an easy to moderate walk for any fitness level. There is also a stunning forest pool, and waterfall along the walk, and you can hear all the sounds of the forest, including the frogs in the water pools.
Did you know if you if have to run out of the water, on a very hot day and it can become quite humid in there you can drink the water in the streams? The water may often display a dark colour but it is due to the tannins and humic acids from all the leaves that have fallen and came to rest on the forest floor. The nice thing about this particular trail is that it is fairly safe, being within the SANPARKS area, and you have two options a 3.1km walk as well as a 9km circle route.
For the more adventurist guests among us, that like to explore there are actually so many hiking trails
within the Garden Route and the greater Knysna Forest area.
Here are a few we will start with those closest to us ending with those closest to George
George and surrounds:
Tierrkop Hiking trail
Forest Buzzard trail
Groeneweide Hiking trail
Pass-tot-Pass hiking trail
Wilderness and surrounds:
Pied Kingfisher trail
Half collard Kingfisher trail
Brown Hooded Kingfisher trail Woodville short walk
Sedgefield and surrounds:
Goukamma Cape Clawless Otter trail
Goukamma Bushpig Trail
Knysna and surrounds:
Buffalo Bay trail
Garden of Eden short walk
Harkerville Forest Flora trail
Kranshoek Hiking trail
Millwood mine walk
By prior arrangement we can pack a “picnic basket” for you for your daily outing, to help make your hiking experience a pleasant and enjoyable one.
We look forward to welcoming all our regulars and our new visitors back, especially after the locked down, as we are all sure you will be itching to get into nature, and what better place to come and grab your little piece of heaven.