Explore the diversity of the beautiful Garden Route and its hiking trails in the Western Cape on a GoTrekking Africa guided hiking tour or trail. We offer a multitude of excellent hiking options along the Garden Routes exquisite scenery between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Tsitsikamma, Outeniqua, Swartberg and Langeberg mountain ranges are the splendid terrain for overnight backpacking trails, the Tsitsikamma and De hoop Coastal reserves are the home to the famous Otter Trail and Whale Trail. The forests, fynbos, lagoons and coastal cliffs of Knysna National Lakes reserve, Tsitsikamma, Harkerville forests and the Garden Route National Park are the varied regions for magnificent day hikes.
If you love overnight hiking, but don’t want to carry a heavy bag, try out one of our indulgent slackpacking trails. We transfer your luggage between overnight stops, so all you need to do is carry a day bag, this smart option is available on the Whale Trail, Tsitsikamma Trail, Knysna Slackpacking trail and Sea & Summit tours. The hikes are amazing, all trails are beautiful, no matter what you choose, the beautiful scenery and excellent Cape hiking will be a memorable experience. GoTrekking Africa, take care of all the logistics so you can just enjoy the beauty of this area.
HIKING ON THE GARDEN ROUTE
The WesternCape has a high density of nature reserves and natural areas to explore. The area is well known for it’s scenic beauty and it’s extensive network of hiking trails.
The Garden route has amazing biodiversity, the natural areas include magnificent beaches, rugged sea cliffs and headlands, coastal fynbos, afromontane forest, plantations, indigenous forest with giant yellow woods, elders, stinkwood trees, ironwoods and other giants, Cape fold mountains, spectacular with their convoluted forms and scenic lagoons.
Most trails have fantastic facilities, such as well appointed hiking huts and restrooms at trail heads. Trails are well laid out and make the most of the natural beauty of the area.
Many of the overnight trails are popular and need to be booked well in advance, often up to a year in peak seasons.
There are lovely Slack packing trails options where luggage can be moved from one hut to the next and clients only carry day bags.
SEASONS The Garden Route is as the name implies, a natural garden and like all gardens it requires rain. It can rain at any time of the year, with no real distinction between rainfall during the different seasons, you need to be prepared for showers throughout the year. Having said that, be prepared for an abundance of magnificent sunny days at anytime of the year as well!
Typically you can expect:
SPRING- Mid September, October November; Energetic winds bring in rain and a resurgence of growth and blossoms. The Whales and Fynbos are at their best during this time.
SUMMER- December to March; High daytime temps, often in the high 20's or low 30’s warm clear nights. Long, lazy days, the sun rises very early and evening sunshine extend to after 20h00
AUTUMN -April,May; fairly stable weather, May has the least rainfall and the days can be spectacular, still, warm and clear, a colourful pause before winter.
WINTER -June to end of August; Generally good rains, but July being the coldest month has relatively low rain. This is often referred to as the ‘secret season’ locals know that between the winter rains are the most magnificent days that the area offers. It snows in the mountains in Winter and general temperatures in the coastal areas hover around 20C.
The N2 freeway that runs West-East along the length of the Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth is a beautiful drive. There is an alternate route that explores some of the more mountainous areas and traverses the breathtaking passes along the Garden Route, Route 62, which is also South Africa’s longest wine route. There is much to explore along both routes, from nature reserves and wine farms to adventure sports and picturesque towns, take your time while you travel and take a detour to the karoo, you wont forget it.
AIRPORTS: Cape Town, George, Port Elizabeth
MAIN TOWNS ON THE N2 ARE:
Cape Town Caledon, Swellendam, Heidelberg, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth
MAIN TOWNS ON ROUTE 62 ARE:
Cape Town Paarl, Wellington, Worchester, Robertson, Ashton, Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, Oudts horn George, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth
All along the Garden Route there are many picturesque towns and an abundance of accommodation from campsites to 5 star luxury accommodation. Shopping centres, malls, banks, restaurants, tourism bureaus, attractions and all amenities are available along the entire Garden Route.
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