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Hiking The Garden Route

South Africa’s stunning Garden Route is one of the world’s best hiking regions. Boasting one of the greenest and mildest ecosystems on the planet, the Garden Route is the perfect South African escape. Leave behind the noise and grime of daily life and find your paradise! Want to hike the Garden Route? Here are some adventure trails to try!

 

Easy Walks

Forest Buzzard Trail

This trail is a mere 2.2 kilometers, but it has more than its fair share of beauty! Meander through indigenous forest and pine plantations. You’ll even get to see a gorgeous waterfall.

 

Pied Kingfisher Trail

This quick trek begins at the Ebb & Flow camp at Wilderness. The whole thing is an easy 11.5 kilometers. This trail will take you through the Serpentine Flood Plain, which is an aviary paradise. What birds can you spot?

 

Woodville Short Walk         

This is a perfect little stroll for anyone who wants to experience a bit of nature. You don’t have to go far before you find yourself in a lovely picnic area! This trail is just two kilometers, and it is wheelchair accessible. Everyone will enjoy walking across the bridge and along the tree-lined path.

 

Challenging Day Hikes         

Drupkelders Hiking Trail

Don’t miss Drupkelders, a beautiful nature hike near Knysna. Although this trail is only 3.6 kilometers, it’s not a beginner trail. Be prepared for steep hills! The walk is tough, but the end result is more than worth it. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at the Homtini River! You can take a swim in the pool and check out the cool rock formations around the river.

 

Kranshoek Hiking Trail

Tough but stunning, this coastal trail promises to take your breath away. Start your nine-kilometre trek at the Kransoek picnic area, then hike your way down into the forest. Follow a waterfall-fed stream to the coast for incredible views! This trail is popular for its many ecosystems, ranging from forests to fynbos to rocky coasts.

 

Multi-Day Treks

Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail

This trail is certainly not for the faint of heart! You’ll be hiking through beautiful scenery, yes, but you’ll also have to tackle some crazy challenges, including chains, ladders, and steep cliffs. If you’re up for this adrenaline-pumping two-day hike, you’ll find that it’s as rewarding as it is hard.

 

Otte Hiking Trail

Plan a good five days for trekking this trail! This hike will take you through 43 kilometers of indigenous forest, fynbos, beach, coves, and picturesque views. Don’t forget your camera! This is an unforgettable experience.

 

Do any of these trails appeal to you? If you want to make a hiking adventure trip along South Africa’s Garden Route, let us help you plan! We can take to you to the most beautiful nature spots in this lovely region of Africa’s coast.

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Making the most of Montagu

Take Route 62 , the scenic alternative to the N2 highway leading you to Montagu, the gateway to the Little Karoo. Expect a journey filled with twists and turns, as you pass through a mountainous region fringed with wild flowers and magnificent landscapes that implore you to take out your camera and indulge in the natural the beauty of the Western Cape.

The little town of Montagu is found at the other end of mountain passes between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape. Explore a beautiful region that invites summer all year long.

Health and Wellness

Montagu is known for its natural hot springs. You need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Indulge in Montagu’s hot springs for a therapeutic experience that aims to revitalise.  Montagu has great resorts and spas such as Avalon Springs and Montagu Springs.

Wonderful Wines

Montagu is muscadel country, producing an array of sustainable wine products ranging from dry white wine and matures reds to rich and fruity muscadels and grape juice. Enjoy a great selection from Montagu Wines and Spirits Company and Montagu Cellar; both wineries are in partnership with the biodiversity and wine initiative (BWI). The BWI seeks to converse natural habitats and encourage sustainable farming practices.

Natural Selection

Montagu Mountain Reserve – Take a walk along the trails that lead to a beautiful mountain range and popular spots such as Joubert Park, Kanonkop, Cogman’s Kloof and Lovers Walk. Montagu is revered for its great rock climbing facilities. Explore more than 200 bolted routes. If a long walk is what you need take a hike through an area rich in biodiversity. The nature reserve is home to tortoises, dassies and other forms of wildlife.

Montagu Nature Garden – The wild flower reserve offers a great panoramic view of Montagu. It is the perfect place to view the Cape Folded Mountains. It is home to numerous succulents, fynbos, geophytes, shrubs, trees and “vygies”; teeming with wildlife.

Montagu Guano Cave –  The guest farm offers a tractor trip into the mountain for cave experience like no other. Stories of Khoi and San ancestors line the cave, home of thousands of bats. The Guano Cave offers day and night facilities that range from horse riding, swimming and swimming in heated pools to a petting farm. Rabbit World is home to Chinchillas, Gerbils, Snakes, guinea pigs and rabbits. If you left your camping gear a home, sleep over at Stone Cottage.

Montagu Dried Fruit Route – Take a tractor trip through a rich countryside that gives rise to orchards and drying fruit fields. It is the ultimate tour for the best dried fruits, nuts and wines.

Montagu Museum

The town of Montagu has a rich history. Take some time off to visit its museums and artistic hot spots. Take a trip down memory lane by visiting architectural masterpieces that withstood the test of time.

The Old Mission Church – This relic houses a collection of bibles, church artefacts and wedding dresses from back in the day. The Old Mission church contains a wing dedicated to Indigenous Medical Plant research.

Joubert House Museum – This museum is dedicated to the child at heart. It contains a variety of toys and porcelain dolls from the 80s.

KWV buildings – It is the place to view the town’s industrial architectural history. Go back in time with the museum collection of agricultural vehicles and antiquities.

Feel free to comment and tell us all about your previous trip to muscadel country.  Your next trip will be hassle free, relax and let the scenary sink in as you take a leisurely drive to Montagu. Leave all the hard parts up to us, from great accommodation, to guided tours and travel; Take2Tours has it covered.

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