South Africa’s  beautiful Knysna Lagoon with the striking Knysna Heads is the start for this varied Slack Packing Adventure Hiking Trail. Hop into GoTrekking Africa’s canoes to explore this fascinating marine environment of the Knysna Estuary where sea creatures, rare birds, diverse habitat and awesome views are interrupted for a leisurely Adventurers picnic and a refreshing swim. The Lagoon is fed by the Knysna river and is open to the ocean at the Heads, these massive sandstone cliffs are a dramatic sight especially from a water level seat. In the evening you can enjoy a  spectacular sunset at Brenton before dinner.

So that you can relax and enjoy your hike, GoTrekking Africa guides:

· Arrange all Park Fees and Permits

· Navigate

· Provide accommodation during touur

· Provide, tasty, nutritious meals, dietary requirements eg vegetarians are catered for.

· Are trained in rescue

· Carry First Aid

· Arrange for your bags to be transported from one accommodation venue the next each day, you’ll only carry a day pack

· Are knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, geology & flora of the Knysna area

Knysna Headson Knysna Slack Packing trail


Both nights accommodation is in local lodges with fantastic views. Dinner & breakfast are included, packed lunches are provided on trail. All your gear will be transported to the lodge ahead of you. You will only carry a light day pack.



Beautiful year round, Whale sightings - June to December, Fynbos Spring Flowers - August to September, Knysna Oyster Festival - July

Beachwear is the dress code for day two when we’ll take some time to hunt for the Brenton Blue Butterfly in the fynbos reserve before hitting the beach. Depending on tides we head to Fisherman's walk with its spectacular views of its sea cliffs or clamber down onto the hidden beaches. Both options wind past the ocean sculpture of Castle rock andonto the beach that stretches from Brenton to Buffalo Bay and on to the fabulous Goukamma Reserve. You can explore the intertidal zone, swim in the clear ocean & watch the antics of the endangered Black Oyster Catcher on this quiet beach. Relax & enjoy ocean views with a cocktail at Buffalo Bay before checking in to the nights accommodation.


The fossilised Groenvlei sand dune is the site of our last days traverse through the diversity of coastal environments that the Garden Route has to offer. You'll walk through shady tunnels carved through ancient Milkwood forests, see the rock formations known as the oyster beds at low tide on the beach, hike across the spine of the highest fossilised sand dune on South Africa's coast & descend to Groenvlei a fresh water lake with an abundance of bird life. Email us for details.

Mist in the Knysna harbourGoukamma BeachGoukamma river mouth, Goukamma ReserveGroenvlei hikeSea caves on hidden beachesRock pool on fishermans walkCastle Rock at sunset on Brenton BeachBarnacle encrusted pole, Knysna Lagoon


· Transfers to/ from Knysna

· Airport transfers, closest Airports: George then Port Elizabeth

· Equipment hire

· Accommodation reservations

Knysna LagoonKnysna LagoonBrenton beachKayaking on Knysna Lagoon