Hiking Trails from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna

Hiking trails at Harkerville on the Garden Route

Hiking Trails from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna

Hiking trails between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the Garden Route is part of one of the most captivating areas in South Africa.

From tranquil forest walks to rugged coastal treks, this area caters to every type of hiker.

These trails are worth mentioning: Perdekop Trail, Robberg Hiking Trail’s Point Circuit, Sparrebosch Fisherman’s Walk, Red Elephant Trail, Plett Camino, Harkerville (Sinclair) 2-day route, and the Kranshoek Viewpoint Route.

Perdekop Trail

Within the Harkerville Forest, the Perdekop Trail offers a moderately challenging hike through lush landscapes.

This 9.5km journey is a symphony of indigenous flora and vibrant birdlife, ideal for those seeking peace and natural beauty.

The trail, which generally takes four to five hours to complete, winds through varying terrains, offering a gentle introduction to the region’s diverse ecosystems.

It’s an excellent choice for families and those new to hiking, providing a full immersion into the forest’s heart without demanding climbs.

Entrance fee payable at the office opposite the trail entrance. Cards accepted.

Robberg Hiking Trail’s Point Circuit

The Point Circuit within Robberg Nature Reserve is a testament to the raw beauty of South Africa’s coastline.

You can do any one of three circular routes of increasing distance and difficulty:
1. The Gap route from and back to the car park, about 2km.
2. Walk to The Witsand sand dune and down to The Island and back round about 4km.
3. The “real” Robberg route to The Point is 11km and takes four hours or more. This route is not recommended for young children or people who are not reasonably fit.

The Robberg hiking trails reward hikers with breathtaking views of the ocean, cliffs, and wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and, during certain seasons, whales.

The trails demands different fitness levels and careful footing, especially across rocky sections, but the panoramic vistas and close encounters with nature are truly unparalleled.

Allocate five to six hours to fully enjoy this adventurous trail.

Entrance fee payable at the gate. Cards accepted.

Sparrebosch Fisherman’s Walk

The Sparrebosch Fisherman’s Walk is an idyllic path that meanders along the cliffs near Knysna, offering uninterrupted views of the vast ocean.

This easy 2km trail is suitable for a leisurely stroll, taking about an hour to complete.

Hikers can enjoy peaceful spots for whale and dolphin watching, culminating in a visit to a secluded beach – a perfect setting for relaxation and reflection.

Red Elephant Trail

Set within the mystical Diepwalle Forest, the Red Elephant Trail offers a unique 7km loop that traverses one of the few remaining indigenous forests in South Africa.

This three-hour hike is an enchanting journey through time, with pathways lined by ancient trees and historical forestry sites.

Named after the elusive Knysna elephants, the trail is a blend of natural wonder and folklore, offering a serene escape into the wilderness.

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Plett Camino

Inspired by the famed Camino de Santiago, the Plett Camino is a multi-day walking experience that covers approximately 75km of diverse landscapes.

This route provides an immersive journey through beaches, forests, and coastal trails, with nightly stops at local accommodations.

It’s a comprehensive adventure that combines physical challenge with cultural immersion, allowing hikers to experience the full beauty and hospitality of the Garden Route over several days.


Harkerville (Sinclair) 2-day Route

The Harkerville Trail, also known as the Sinclair Route, is a two-day hiking expedition that offers a blend of coastal and forest scenery.

Covering around 24km, this trail is designed for the more adventurous hiker, featuring rugged terrain and breathtaking views.

The route takes hikers through dense forest canopies, along dramatic cliff edges, and down to secluded beaches, providing a varied and fulfilling hiking experience.

Campsites along the way offer rustic overnight accommodations, allowing hikers to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.

Kranshoek Viewpoint Route

The Kranshoek Viewpoint Route is a scenic trail that offers dramatic views of the coastline and surrounding forests.

This 9km circular route is moderately challenging, with steep descents and ascents, but it rewards hikers with spectacular panoramic views, especially from the Kranshoek viewpoint.

The trail descends through the forest to the rocky shoreline, where the powerful ocean meets rugged cliffs, creating a picturesque setting for a memorable hike.

Whether you are seeking a leisurely walk, a moderate hike, or a challenging trek, the trails between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna provide a diverse range of outdoor experiences.

Each trail offers its own unique glimpse into the natural beauty and ecological diversity of the Western Cape.

Remember to prepare adequately for your hike, respect the natural environment, and enjoy the stunning landscapes that this region has to offer.

All these hiking trails can be reached from Harkerville, where hikers often stay when they hike our popular trails.