Outeniqua Hiking Trail
Over a period of seven days, you may walk the whole path from Beervlei in the Park’s higher reaches to Harkerville inside the east between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
Best time to go: all year round
1-7 days long, depending, 108 kms altogether
This route winds its way through the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest, which is dotted with rustic huts that serve either as a stop-over for those who are attempting the seven-day journey or as an alternate starting point for those who are day walkers, depending on the amount of difficulty that is desired. The overnight cottages are maintained with a consistent supply of firewood. This outdoor experience is made more enjoyable by the provision of water and a minimal level of bedding.
As night sets, what was previously a blue sky, visible through patches of woodland, fynbos, and other forms of flora during the day, now reveals a magnificent black sky riddled with thousands of stars, with the noises of surrounding nighttime activities acting as a buffer. It is ideal whether you are an astrologist who enjoys stargazing, a star-crossed couple looking for a romantic holiday, or just friends who want to spend time together.
There are several stunning rock formations along this route that may be explored, photographed, or picnicked by individuals with a passion for the water. This section of the path has a number of sea caves, which are a testament to the immense strength that the Indian Ocean has exerted on the surrounding landscape. Those who choose to walk it will have an experience they will never forget, and it will leave them feeling elated.
The Knysna Regional office, which is located on Thesen’s Island, is the place to go to get permits.
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