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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 09:44

2020 Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival

10 - 13 APRIL 2020 - Easter Weekend Walk Highlights

South Africa’s only walking fes@val is the ‘not-to-miss’ event on the Garden Route over the Easter Weekend from 10 -13 April 2020.
The Garden Route is home to many famous trails and hikes, and in 2020 it is all about raising funds and awareness for trail maintenance and upkeep. The festival celebrates the region’s most iconic walks with a programme of fun and off-the-beaten-track walks on offer that are suitable for everyone in the family, from kids to seasoned hikers.
Walks vary in length from 1 hour to full-day adventures. With an easy to navigate website, the choice of over 40 different walks means there is an adventure for every day and every level of fitness. The Tidal Pool Meander and the brisk hikes up the region’s highest peaks sell out quickly, so a little planning is needed. Traditional walks include the Robberg Peninsula or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk in the Knysna forest.
The all-time favourite of the festival is the Hi-Tec Kids Pirate Treasure Walk, which is perfect for Easter Sunday and promises to be great fun with friends and family on Keurbooms beach.
The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival is the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere - it’s a massive undertaking that involves the support and involvement of volunteer and professional guides who share their knowledge of the region and their passion for nature. There are walks on offer every day for four days all along the coast from Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plett to Nature’s Valley.
Each year we are astonished by how many new people discover the festival and join in. The Garden Route is one of the world's great walking destinations, its incredible mountains, secret forests, cascading waterfalls, coastal cliffs, amazing beaches and famous trails are ideal for an end of summer festival like this in the outdoors.
The programme of over 40 different walks includes unusual walks, such as the Walk with Poetry, the Underwater Walk and the Sketching in Nature walk. For those with an adventurous spirit tough hikes along the rocky coast are a must and the one not to miss is the Oystercatcher Trail experience.

“Everyone is welcome, as the festival is about building connection between our diverse communites and between ourselves and wild nature,” says Galeo Saintz who started the festival in 2012.



Date: 10 – 13 April 2020

Registration is free and necessary to coordinate numbers.

Most walks are free, while others require SANParks or CapeNature permits or guiding fees.

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Organiser: Galeo Saintz Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WhatsApp: +27 82 888 8181

Facebook: Garden Route Walking Festival

Instagram: GardenRouteWalkingFestival

Web: www.walkingfestival.co.za

Thursday, 27 February 2020 11:21

MGW South Africa 2019 Crowned

The Mr. Gay World ™ South Africa competition strives to be a mentor in grooming gay leaders that will advance gay human rights both locally and throughout the world.

We are proud to announce that Charl-Jaquairdo van Helsdingen from Johannesburg has been announced as Mr. Gay World South Africa 2019 in a closely watched online competition. We are proud to have found such a strong, creative and talented individual that will be representing the South African LGBTQ+ communities.

George Ungerer from Nelson Mandela Bay (PE) came in as 1st Runner Up and Mojalefa Lekanyane from Pretoria was the 2nd Runner Up.

This year we are also announcing a partnership with Guardians of our Earth and a specific LGBTQia+ Award for humanitarian work done in the LGBTQ+ community, the award will be shared equally between three contestants, Charl-Jaquairdo van Helsdingen, Jonathan Larhein from Johannesburg and Thabang Phutsisi from Randburg.

We would like to thank our judges for the 2019 competition, Kaye Alley (Chair, Pride of Africa), Chris Emmauel (Mr. Gay World, South Africa 2018), Gavin Hayward (Exit Newspaper) and Gilbert Martin (Network Synergy)

We will be updating all of our platforms with the new representatives shortly and wish Charl-Jacquairdo all the best in being the voice of the LGBTQ+ communities of South Africa during his reign in 2020.


For More Information

Web : www.mrgwsa.com

Facebook : facebook.com/mrgwsa

Twitter : twitter.com/mrgwsa

Instagram : instagram.com/mrgwsa

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The Garden Route by Rose Bilbrough (GoTravelBug)

"The Garden Route begins 4 hours out of Cape Town and is a 300-kilometre stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa from Witsand in the Western Cape to the border of Tsitsikamma Storms River in the Eastern Cape. (This guide includes Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield and Oudtshoorn)

Eat at Totties Farm Kitchen in Rheenendal. Their country-style food is just out of this world and they’re one of my favorites!

Shop at the Wild Oats Farms Market!! I do all my food shopping here and the Rest of the Market offers a great environment to meet with friends and shop for local goodies.

Do paragliding!  If you are not an adventurer, the forest offers some of the most beautiful walks with bubbling streams and cool soft flora.

See my favourite must be the lookout point at the Knysna Heads, this geological site of two magnificent cliffs that form the portal from the Indian Ocean to the Knysna Estuary must but one of South Africa’s best views."


For the full article visit: https://www.nutreats.co.za/south-african-staycation-guide/

Have you experienced the Greater Knysna Area? Tell us about your experience by answering the following questions on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 between 09:00 and 10:00.


Q1.       Have you experienced the Knysna Forest? Was it a hike, mountain biking or just a fun day with family?  Share your impressions with #NaturallyKnysna via @visitknysna


Q2.       What was your most memorable experience(s) of the Greater Knysna area? Share a photograph with #VisitKnysna via @visitknysna

Q3.       What events / festivals have you participated in / attended in the Greater Knysna area and share some details of your experience(s). Share a photograph with #NaturallyKnysna via @visitknysna

Q4.       Which is your favourite eatery / culinary experience and why? Share a photograph #NaturallyKnysna via @visitknysna

Q5.       What do you prefer: beach, bush or arts & culture? Share a photograph with #NaturallyKnysna via @visitknysna

Q6.       Bonus question: Where in the Greater Knysna area is your “secret spot” - and why? Share a photograph with #NaturallyKnysna via @visitknysna



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