Hiking Trails


Some of the many options to hike in Harkerville and Surroundings. For more information and tecnique details contact us, hiking associations are avaialble in the area as well as guided tours.

Distance: 1.0km; 20 min.;
Circular route
Difficult: Very easy, wheelchair friendly.

The Garden of Eden does not really qualify as a hiking trail, the walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for the elderly wanting to visit the forest.
There is a number of wooden benches and tables along the trail to sit, snack, picnic; water and ablution facilities.






Distance: 1km; circular
Difficulty: Very easy;

This walk is ideal for young and old so take the kids and introduce them to this wonderful forest environment. At the start there is a wooden box were you can get a flora guide for the trail, be sure to take one. There are also a number of information boards along the route.








Distance: 5km there and back;
Difficulty: Moderate to hard, quite a steep hill on the way back from the beach;

This is a beautiful short walk through forest and fynbos down to the beach; however, there are steep hills and descents and it is not recommended for the elderly.
The path leads to a secluded bay with sea pebbles in the most beautiful hues. Two fresh water streams empty their contents into the sea here. Lookout for the 'boiling point' of the first one under a huge rock during low tide. The waterfall is spectacular in the rainy season. Fishing and picnics are not permitted.


Gap Circuit: 2.1km, 30 minutes, Easy.
The shortest and easiest route that heads straight into a mudstone cleft, which has evidence of the prehistoric break-up of Gondwanaland 120 million years ago.
Witsand Circuit: 5.5km, 2 hours, Moderate.
The trail leads along the northern ridge of the peninsula and onto the wind-shadow of the climbing-falling dune. Hikers will pass above the resident seal colony along the way and a colony of kelp gulls at the end of the trail.
Point Circuit: 9.2km, 4 hours, Challenging.
The trail heads up the north ridge to the Point encountering the hundreds of gannets, cormorants and terns and then back along the southern rocky shoreline.


Distance: 9.5km; 3 - 4 hours;
Circular route
Difficulty: Moderate

The trail starts from the Harkerville forestry station and follows an easy path along a circular route back to the station. Sections of the walk are shared with the Hakerville Coastal Hiking Trail.
Green flag accredited hike by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA).







Black: 9km; easy circular route;
White: 8km from forest station or 6.5km from Diepwalle picnic site; easy circular route;
Red: 7km; moderate circular route;
All three trails linked in one of 18.2 kilometres.

All the three trails are a scenic delight with clear streams, rock pools, huge yellowwoods, the stinkwood trees that topple over and just keep on growing, the vast variety of fungi, the fynbos, vervet monkeys playing in the tree tops, Knysna Loeries, etc.; let the mysterious beauty of the forest seep into your soul.
Green flag accredited hike by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA).



Distance: 9km; circular route;
Difficulty: Challenging;

It starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall, then winds it's way through the forest down into the gorge through which the waterfall's stream flows.
It follows this stream towards the coast and then leads along the coast before going up the slopes to the plateau and back to the picnic site via the Kranshoek viewpoint.







Distance: 24km; Two days; circular
Difficulty: Challenging;

This two days, 24 km hike, starts and ends at Harkerville Forest Station. It passes through some prime examples of high-forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breathtaking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools and pebble beaches. Hiker sleeps over at two huts, called Harkerville and Sinclair hut, with basic facilities, including ablution, single bunks with mattresses, water, fire wood and an axe. Hikers are spoiled with sceneries over the forest and Indian Ocean after a day of hiking. The hike accommodates a minimum of two people.


Also Known as Wandelpad;
Distance: 6.5km; circular route;
Difficulty: Moderate;

It starts and ends at the Grootdraai picnic site, ideal for a picnic before or after the hike.
From the Grootdraai picnic site the trail heads in to the forest sharing the path with the Outeniqua overnight trail so be sure to keep right at the fork shortly after the start.








EDENBROOK MANOR HOUSE
Tourism Grading Council of South Africa Member

Address:
Edenbrook
N2 road
between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Harkerville, 6604
Western Cape - South Africa

Contacts:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 044 532 7543


TOP Destination badge 2018

EDENBROOK MANOR HOUSE
Tourism Grading Council of South Africa Member

Address:
Edenbrook
N2 road
between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Harkerville, 6604
Western Cape - South Africa

Contacts:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 044 532 7543