Considered as one of the most beautiful regions in the world, not just in the country, South Africa’s Garden Route is filled the spectacular hiking trails with something suitable for all ages and levels of ability. You can take in not only areas of natural beauty but areas of historical significance too.
Head out to Robberg Nature Reserve on the Robberg Peninsula. Here there are 3 different trails you can enjoy as well as taking in the cave at Nelsons Bay which has several finds of archaeological significance. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for the local seals.
The Cape Blaze Trail at Mossel Bay is 13.5km and is not for beginners. It starts at the lighthouse and carried onto Dana Bay, there is a wooden walkway and steps that climb steeply to a ridge above so this is only for those who are confident about their mobility. You can walk in either direction, some people start, and turn around when they have had enough, others complete the walk one way and taxi it back home. The choice here is entirely yours, but the views of the coves, cliffs and bays shouldn’t be missed.
The Skaapplaas Trail is only 10m long, relatively short considering some of the available trails in the area. It can take several hours to complete, you can take it at your own pace. You will pass yellowwood trees that are over 600 years old, there is plenty of shade from the stinkwoods making it a pleasant walk in summer, and the waterfalls and swimming spots should be enjoyed too. Take a picnic and make the most of this trail.
If you are looking for an easy walk, then the Great Brak River Village Walk is just 5km and perfect for beginners or those who want a leisurely stroll. The circular trail only takes around an hour and you can enjoy some fabulous birdlife along the estuary.