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Garden Route | The Plett Trail

Garden Route | The Plett Trail

Guided Slackpacking

The Garden Route lies within one of the world's prime biodiversity hotspots - the Cape Floristic Region, which comprises one of the smallest but richest flora kingdoms in the world, an area without doubt that boasts some of the most spectacularly beautiful coastline in South Africa, with marine treasures - two Hope Spots and three Marine Protected Areas, possessing historic archaeological sites that date back as early as 120 000 years.

 

It is an area that works tirelessly towards ensuring that the habitat remains intact and the diversity of the region is maintained. The aesthetic value of this area and the associated recreational, educational and tourism benefits this brings, contributes significantly to greater understanding, the importance of this area. 

tour duration 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS
price R7,950
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Guided Hiking in Plettenberg Bay & surrounds

The Garden Route lies within one of the world's prime biodiversity hotspots - the Cape Floristic Region comprising one of the smallest but richest floral kingdoms in the world, an area without doubt that boasts some of the most spectacularly beautiful coastline in South Africa, with marine treasures - two Hope Spots and three Marine Protected Areas, possessing historic archaeological sites that date back as early as 120 000 years.

 

It is an area that works tirelessly towards ensuring the habitat remains intact and the diversity of the region is maintained. The aesthetic value of this area and the associated recreational, educational and tourism benefits this brings, contributes significantly to greater understanding the importance of this area. 

 

Need a structured Private Trail?  The Plett Trail offers curated experiences specifically for you

 

GLAMPING OPTION:  4 night / 5-day

Cost: R7 950 per person sharing

 

Where do we stay:

Located just outside Plettenberg Bay, our very own off the grid Biomimicry Camp is nestled in the heart of the Bitou Valley in the Cape Floristic Kingdom.  

At this family getaway all you are required to do is relax and immerse yourself in the natural environment.  This experience is enhanced by your accommodation which is sheltered under a canopy of indigenous forest next to the Bitou River. 

Our luxury tents come with comfy beds and fresh white linen, our food is sourced locally and prepared in our bush kitchen, served alongside the meandering Bitou River.  If sleeping to the sound of a gently flowing river and waking to the cry of Fish Eagles is for you – then look no further.

 

Additional activites:

  • The camp has eight of its own Fat Bikes for unlimited use while you are staying with us
  • We have three Kayaks moored on our own jetty in the river which is also safe for swimming
  • We also have three Stand Up Paddleboards - seeing the Bitou River on a SUP has never been so much fun!
  • Our Bird Hide is situated near to the camp and is perfect for sundowners and photography

 

 

LODGE OPTION:  4 night / 5-day 

Cost: R9 950 per person sharing

 

Where do we stay?

Bitou River Lodge is tucked away in the Bitou Valley right on the banks of the Bitou River.  This award winning boutique guest lodge is a renowned birding location for keen birders.  The Lodge offers river frontage for each of the five en suite rooms which have their own entrance, patio, TV, bar fridge and barbecue facilities.  Every room is heated and the guest lounge and breakfast room also have cosy fireplaces.  

Watch the birds on the river from your bed; explore the wetlands by canoe; relax in a hammock at the pool or swim at one of Plettenberg Bay's nearby beaches

 

 

Both Glamping & Lodge Tours exclude:

  • Optional activities - ie those not included on the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Collections from George Airport - which can be arranged through our booking office

 

 

What you need to bring:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Anorak & jersey
  • Hat, sunblock and Mozzie repellant
  • Rucksack for water and picnic lunches

 

 

Included

All meals
Camp fees
Listed activities
Park entrance fees
Professional guide
Tea & coffee
Tented & Lodge Accommodation

Excluded

Guide Gratuity

Day 1

Arrival and Welcome

Afternoon Check in

Vehicles are securely parked

Early evening sundowners with Camp Host and Trail Leader

Dinner is enjoyed on the banks of the Bitou River 

Day 2

Knysna Forest Trail

08h00: Breakfast & brief on the day’s hiking

09h00: Trail starts

13h00: Picnic Lunch in the Forest amongst the trees

15h00: Afternoon Diepwalle forest tour

17h00: Return to Camp / Lodge

18h30: Dinner

 

Trail Description

SANParks deep Knysna Forest

Distance: 8km and 9km

Time: 5 hours

This guided walk through the deep Knysna indigenous forest with numerous Yellowwood, Blackwood and Stinkwood trees, some known to be around 600 years old, is the largest remaining complex of close canopy forest in Southern Africa.  This is a moist Afromontane Forest (Afro – African, Montane – mountain).  You will enjoy 470 species of flora, 180 species of woody flora and 285 species of herbaceous flora, rich and abundant birdlife and shy forest animals – a place full of history and mystery.  A place where elephants used to roam… and may still

Day 3

Salt River Circular Trail

08h00: Breakfast & briefing

09h00: Transfer to Crags for trail start

13h0: Picnic lunch en route

17h00: Transfer back to lodgings for the evening

19h00 : Dinner

 

Trail Description

Crags, Natures Valley

Features:  Coastal Forest, coastal fynbos & beach walk, rocky coastline

Distance: 12 kms

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 4 – 5hrs

Beautiful trail through coastal forest before making way down to coastal fynbos and ultimately down to the beautiful rocky coastline. 

This is a moderate and fairly easy going walk highlighted by great diversity of vegetation.

Day 4

De Vasselot / Groot River estuary walk (Coastal, forest, estuary walk)

08h00: Breakfast and briefing on the day’s excursion

09h0: Pick up and transfer to Natures Valley for morning hiking

12h30: Lunch at a local wine estate

14h30: Sundowner Kayak on Bitou Wetland (tide dependant)

19h00: Dinner

 

Trail Description

Where: Nature’s Valley

Trail Features:  Fynbos, indigenous forest in a secluded valley and magnificent views

Distance: 5 km

Difficulty: Moderate fitness required

Time: 2.5 hours

We wander through a cathedral of Outeniqua Yellow woods on the eastern banks of the Groot River that follows the river to its mouth and onto the beach as far as The Gully. The trail then links up with the end of Otter Trail, but in reverse and heads out to the Point from where the coastal views are quite breath-taking. The return trip crosses the mouth of the river, meandering along the opposite bank back to the starting point.

Day 5

Robberg Peninsula Trail

07h30: Breakfast

08h30: Check Out 

09h00: Transfer to Robberg Peninsula

09h30: Full morning hike around the Robberg Peninsula

13h00: Picnic lunch at Robberg Nature Reserve

13h45: Trail ends / Farewell

 

Trail Description

Where: Plettenberg Bay

Trail Features: Various Trail options, spectacular views of the rocky coastline, Nelson’s cave and its 160 000 year old palaeontology site (Bring Binoculars)

Distance: 2,2km The Gap     5.6km White sands    11km The Point

Difficulty: The entire 11 km trail to The Point is extremely difficult

Time: 1hour, 2 hours and 6 hours

The Robberg peninsula is also known as the “Cape Point” of the Garden Route, because of its spectacular natural beauty and diverse marine ecology. Set in a Marine Protected Area, three trails are set out in a clockwise direction. The level of fitness will depend on the route followed on the day.

While walking you are likely to see dolphins and or humpback whales on the north homeward route, seals and even great white sharks. Pelagic bird species are plentiful and abundan

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A small rucksack with sunblock, mozzie repellant and water

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Our guides will structure the trails in such a way that your hiking experience is maximized. We are able to adjust the duration and difficulty level according to your fitness level so that all ages (from 12 years to 70 years) can immerse themselves in nature.

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Good walking shoes that are "broken in". New shoes will give your blisters. A hat and sunglasses. If you are doing a coastal walk - a swimming costume is also great! Binoculars and camera

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Mostly in and around Plett, the Crags, Harkerville and Natures Valley - but we also have experience in the adjacent hinterland