Dig out those sturdy walking shoes, because the High-Tec Garden Route Walking festival is just around the corner. The exceptionally beautiful and varied terrain of the Garden Route just begs to be explored and serves as the perfect outdoor playground for an event of this nature. The festival is scheduled to take place during the Easter holidays from 14-17 April 2017. Hi-Tec, a brand which has become synonymous with hiking in South Africa, are sponsors of the event, which has enabled organisers to offer a wide range of walks aimed at all levels of fitness and adventure.
Now in its 2nd year, this inspiring event has been thoughtfully designed to incorporate the best and the most beautiful of our Garden Route's natural assets: the verdant forests of Knysna, the sweeping beaches of Plettenberg Bay and Sedgefield, the Outeniqua peaks of George and the sculpted gorges of Storms River and much, much more. Walkers are incredibly spoilt for choice with the programme comprising of over 52 different walks from Mossel Bay to Storms River.
So, whether you are looking to enjoy a leisurely saunter or eager for a more strenuous, full day adventure, there is something on the programme for everyone, young and old alike. While the programme includes many of our more popular, well-trodden trails, such as the Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail and the Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk, the event organisers and community of local walk leaders have been very creative, and the programme is peppered with other delightfully unique, educational and memorable walks. Many of the walks are led by professional and accredited field guides who are exceptionally knowledgeable about the environment and its local fauna and flora.
Some of the events are free of charge, while others have a reasonable fee attached. Some merely require permits from SanParks or Cape Nature, the custodians of our nature reserves. Instead of a registration fee, participants are encouraged to make a donation to any one of the listed Garden Route nature organisations, which include The Garden Route Biosphere, Pledge Nature Reserve, Nature's Valley Trust, Knysna Basin Project, Plett Hope Spot and the Orca Foundation. All of these organisations work tirelessly to preserve and protect our precious Garden Route environment. You can choose one or more and indicate how much you would like to donate when you make your walk booking.
Their website says it all: “The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival is about giving back and sharing. Sharing the trails of the region with friends and visitors while exploring the magic of the region’s pristine nature and helping those who keep our nature awesome.”
For more information visit: http://walkingfestival.co.za