Circles in the Forest
Circles in the Forest
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Corne
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
Circles in the Forest trail is magical, capturing a small part of Daleen Matthee's book, and bringing back so many childhood and early adulthood memories of hikes in the Outeniqua mountains. SANPARKS does an excellent job in maintaining the trail, it is well marked and not a single bit of rubbish was to be seen. It was a special day sharing this part of my history with my 3 teenage kids.
Written December 25, 2021
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Kobus van der Merwe
Cape Town, South Africa40 contributions
Family
R 50 permit fee. A 9 km hike through the Knysna forest. You are surrounded by majestic trees, birdsong, luscious ferns, creeping vines and tiny jewels of flowers. It is a magical place which everyone should wander through at least once in their lives.

The Pros:

I read the book in Afrikaans class in matric. I remember little from the book, but it’s really cool to hike an area a book is based on and where elephants may have wandered.

I’m not sure if it is allowed, though the same permit can be used to do the shorter Drupkelders hike.

There are several spaces along the way, most of which are close to a water source (stream or river), that are absolutely mesmerizing. Moss, ferns, towering trees and trickling water makes for an enchanted forest experience.

There are opportunities for swimming in the river and natural pools!

The paths are well-marked. We knew where we were and felt safe at all times.

There is a braai area at the parking space.

The Cons:

The 9 km route can get a bit tedious at one point, especially towards the end. Here the path widens and the forest canopy opens up. You no longer feel as though you are in the forest as such.

Written November 20, 2021
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lynnfortmann
Alberton, South Africa8 contributions
We chose the 9 km trail, (rated moderate) as we are reasonably fit 65 year olds. The trail takes you down into a deep ravine where a lovely waterfall into a deep pond surrounded by beautiful ferns can be seen. After that, there must have been a very steep uphill hike for at least 2,5 km. Some of the footpaths running high above the ravine are dangerous as they were subsiding and there is nothing to stop a deathly vertical fall into the ravine. In one place a tree has collapsed, and you really have to be careful to climb over it without slipping. This a worthy hike for very fit people, but some simple maintenance is needed.
Written February 28, 2021
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Elmien
Johannesburg, South Africa137 contributions
Family
The walk is beautiful. Those big, old trees are just beautiful.
Remember extra water. Very humid in the forest. Was also very wet when we walked. Our shoes a bit dirty afterwards. We didn’t pack a picnic basket, but would definitely do it next time.
After this walk we went to Jubilee Creek for another walk. Swam at the small waterfall. Very refreshing.
Yes, there is no rangers in the forest, but it is well kept.
Written January 11, 2021
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Hanli R
20 contributions
Family
We opted for the 9 km walk and enjoyed it thoroughly. Beautiful trees, with information boards along the way. Walkways are clear and there are lots to appreciate if you don't race along. The last 3 km along the road was not that pleasant. Would rather turn back at the stream next time to take in more of the forest. Birds very shy, saw butterflies and quite a few mushrooms. Will do it again.
Written October 29, 2020
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Pioneer367390
29 contributions
Family
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. Luckily we had the forest virtually to ourselves, which gave us a few hours of rare solitude that one finds harder and harder to get these days.
Written April 19, 2018
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Whopple
Western Cape, South Africa19 contributions
Couples
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 trip/fall for 90% of the 3 km "route march". Spider webs to wrap your face in across the pathways. Should you wish to look up you have to be stationary, so whilst trudging you are focused on the ground for safety's sake. The end could not have come quick enough, I was totally knackered and never so pleased to see the words Renault Scenic, my car. If after this you are still going to attempt it take, 2 hiking sticks, knee pads, tissues for the spider webs (and tears), drink 4 cups of coffee, 4 cups of coke, and eat a bag of sugar for energy and enjoy!
Written March 1, 2018
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Dave M
Hemel Hempstead, UK152 contributions
Couples
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.
Written September 18, 2018
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Rhenier
Hartbeespoort, South Africa3 contributions
Family
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 bridges, "rammetjies rof" and a bit of a challenging finish.

The sounds and smells of the lush forest makes for a truly unique experience and the fact that the whole trail is covered in shade guarantees a nice, cool hike.

You might want to take a bottle of water with you.

The paths can be slippery in some spots so rather wear proper shoes.

Will definitely go back for the 9 Km.
Written April 12, 2018
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Linus
Breda, The Netherlands402 contributions
Couples
We took the 3km walk, there is a 9km walk available too. The sign indicates it will take 1.5 hours but my wife and I finished in 45 minutes. There are some parts that are rather steep and would not recommend it if you have difficulty walking. You need to pay R20 per person to enter the park, from there its about a 4km drive to the start of the walk.
Written April 29, 2017
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