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Did a trail run event as was pleasantly surprised at this beautiful trail. Great to do as a day... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
Randburg, South Africa
Good for your soul

Having read Dalene Matthee's books hiking this trail lets you touch the Knysna she writes about... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2018
Susan E
Denver, Colorado, United States
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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Not more to add really, after the first 200 metres it becomes clear that you are not going to see anything but trees and a few birds. I can do this at home. I've got better ways of spending my holiday time.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sadgit_Dave
Reviewed September 10, 2018

Did a trail run event as was pleasantly surprised at this beautiful trail. Great to do as a day event,you might just spot an elephant

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Having read Dalene Matthee's books hiking this trail lets you touch the Knysna she writes about. The silence of the forest lets you hear your soul. Something you can't do often.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Susan E
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Hiked the shorter route with two youngsters who appreciated so much being immersed in the forest. Highly recommended for the giant yellowoods and the tree ferns in pafrticular.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Phil S
Reviewed May 28, 2018

The coolness of a forest floor together with fresh smells of nature is what nobody should miss out on

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank disaster2015
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Had a great walk through the forest with a family of 4. Did the 9km route and was treated to numerous sightings of Knysna Louries . The walk is easy with the odd steep spot but will within even my somewhat less than fit abilities....More

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank Pioneer367390
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

We did the 3 Km trail with our kids today and they just loved it. For a boy aged 6 and his twin sisters aged 3, it was quite an adventure which fanned the flames of their young imaginations. There were fairies, trolls under the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Rhenier
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Being a big fan of Dalene Matthee I particularly enjoyed this walk. The forest is thick and beautiful and the 3km trail is just enough for a novice hiker. A bit slippery, but keeps you on your toes.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank NadineS3139
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

Terrible with a capital T! If you suffer from any joint pain or do not have the stamina and balance of a mountain goat on steroids then give this place a miss. Muddy wet leaf covered paths with tree routes just to ensure a guaranteed...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Whopple
Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

I'm not crazy about hiking, though I have done my share of hikes in places like Canada, Nepal and the Amazon. To me, a good hike provides rewards beyond exhaustion. A beautiful view, a hidden waterfall, rare animals etc. Circles didn't really offer any of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Helen B
October 27, 2016|
Response from KerrinO4 |
Can walk myself with others people to be strong?
Helen B
October 27, 2016|
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Response from debbiesE7238HQ | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is safe from a security point of view but I never think it is a good idea to hike on your own never mind how safe. You can never predict if you will slip or fall. Therefore I would advise not to do it on your own.