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Knysna Forest Walks

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Knysna Forest Walks

Hi,

I am going to be in the Knysna area for a few days in early March. I would love to do some 1/2 days hikes around the area and I am looking for suggestions for the best routes/places to look for. I am planning on doing Drupkelders but would also like another.

Can anyone suggest another beautiful one preferably with forest and a bit of river/waterfall thrown in!

Thanks

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1. Re: Knysna Forest Walks

Hi There,

Are you prepared to drive a few kilometers out of Knysna? Visit safarinow.com/destinations/…hikingtrail.aspx and read up on some routes. You might find a few that might interest you.

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Sanobia

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2. Re: Knysna Forest Walks

Here are some of the options

Woodcutters Trail

Distance: 3km or 9kms

Time: 1.5 hours (3km) and 4 hours (9kms)

Intensity: Light to moderate

Suitable for: All ages and fitness levels

Surround yourself by majestic mountains, 600-year-old Outeniqua Yellowwoods, 3 meter high Tree Ferns, serene streams and Red-billed Wood Hoopoes in the heart of the Knysna Indigenous Forest. This forest walk is perfect for the entire family. Be sure to keep a look out for sightings of bushpigs, Bushbucks, Baboons and porcupines.

The Elephant Walks

Distance: 3 to 5 hours

Time: 7km, 8km, 9km or 15km

Intensity: Light to moderate

Suitable for: All ages and fitness levels. Perfect for the tree lovers!

You may feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to the Jurassic Park age when you find yourself surrounded by the forest giants in their natural habitat: 800 year old Outeniqua Yellowwood trees and huge leafy ferns. You can choose from three Elephant walks in the Diepwalle Forest, which was once home to herds of 500-600 elephants. It is said that only three elephants remain today. The forest is magnificent and features an old forest railway line, beautiful trees and plenty of forest birds, fungi and bushbuck. For the more advanced hiker, you can choose to do two walks back to back to make a full day hike of 15km.

Goukamma Nature Reserve

Distance: 8kms

Time: 4 hours

Intensity: Light to moderate

Suitable for: Ages 10 and up with a moderate fitness level.

The Goukamma Nature Reserve walk offers superb views and is a fantastic coastal walk. After crossing the river in a boat, the walk starts by climbing through the dune forest and up to the top of the dunes for outstanding 360-degree views of the beach, Goukamma River, indigenous forest and George Mountains. This fairly easy walk comes to an end after walking through the Milkwood forest, which has plenty of forest birdlife.

Natures Valley

Distance: 16km

Time: 6 hours

Intensity: Moderate to high

Suitable for: Hikers with a fairly high fitness level

This walk is for the more advanced hiker with a high fitness level. It offers a 16km circular route in Natures Valley in the De Vasselot area of the Tsitsikamma National Park. There are more than 60 species of birds from three different habitats to marvel at, so ensure your binoculars are packed and kept handy. This walk also features magnificent and unspoilt surroundings, the Salt River Estuary, plenty of wildlife, yellowwood trees, mountain Fynbos and stunning views.

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