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Friday, 19 January 2018 08:40

2018 Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival

South Africa’s only walking festival is becoming the ‘not-to-miss’ event on the Garden
Route over the Easter Weekend. Home to the country’s most famous trails and hikes,
the festival celebrates the region’s iconic walks and appeals to adventure lovers and
walkers of every kind, offering an exciting programme suitable for everyone in the
family, from beginners to seasoned hikers.

“Walking festivals are a big trend globally, and 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 local guides and communities. There are walks on offer every day all
along the coast from Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plett to Nature’s Valley. Hi-Tec,
a brand that literally means ‘hiking’ in South Africa, has made it possible for us to offer a wide
range of walks catering to all levels of fitness and experience, ” comments festival founder Galeo
Saintz.

“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
such a festival.”

The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival showcases the true hospitality of the region with many
local volunteers involved, tourism associations including Wesgro showed their support from day
one. Now an annual event, the festival highlights the many year-round walks we all love,”
comments Saintz.

There really are walks for everyone, and those not to be missed include the Moonlight Meander
and the brisk hikes up the regions highest peaks, such as the George Peak Challenge and the
Peak Formosa Adventure in the Tsitsikamma region. Traditional walks include the Brown-Hooded
Kingfisher Trail or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk, and for the more intrepid, there is a
Keurbooms to Nature’s Valley walk. A collection of festive walks such as the Hi-Tec Coastal
Pirates Treasure Hunt is perfect for Easter Sunday, or the Inner Magic walk for kids, both promise
to be great fun with friends and family on Keurbooms beach.

The programme of over 50 walks includes many unusual walks, such as the Walk with Poetry, the
Yoga Walk and the Sketching in Nature walk. For those with an adventurous spirit tough hikes
along the rocky coast are a must. Our community Coastal Clean-Up Walks will be a highlight in
2018.

Everyone is welcome –“The Garden Route Walking Festival is about building a connection
between our diverse communities and between ourselves and wild nature,” says Saintz.
The festival benefits local Garden Route environmental charities and conservation projects by
showcasing their work and facilitating donations by walkers.

The walks are all led by local volunteer walk leaders or professional walking guides who share
their knowledge of the region and their passion for the outdoors.

“Join us for fun time out, meet new like-minded friends and discover hidden walks off the
beaten track. This festival is ideal for families and everyone keen to discover new trails,”
concludes Saintz.

For more information about the Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival go to:
www.walkingfestival.co.za

FESTIVAL DETAILS:
Date: 30 March – 2 April 2018
Registration is free, and necessary to coordinate numbers. Most walks are free, while others
require SANParks or CapeNature permits or guiding fees.
Register at www.walkingfestival.co.za

CONSERVATION SUPPORT:
The festival benefits local environmental charities and conservation projects by encouraging
participants to make a donation.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Organiser: Galeo Saintz and Zara Voorwerk
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 082 888 8181
Facebook: @GardenRouteWalkingFestival
Instagram: GardenRouteWalkingFestival
www.walkingfestival.co.za

Published in Festivals & events
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:09

2018 Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival

South Africa’s only walking festival is becoming the ‘not-to-miss’ event on the Garden Route over the Easter Weekend. Home to the country’s most famous trails and hikes, the festival celebrates the region’s iconic walks and appeals to adventure lovers and walkers of every kind, offering an exciting programme suitable for everyone in the family, from beginners to seasoned hikers.

30 March - 2 APRIL 2018 (Easter Weekend)

“Walking festivals are a big trend globally, and 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 local guides and communities. There are walks on offer every day all along the coast from Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plett to Nature’s Valley. Hi-Tec, a brand that literally means ‘hiking’ in South Africa, has made it possible for us to offer a wide range of walks catering to all levels of fitness and experience, ” comments festival founder Galeo Saintz.

“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 such a festival.”

The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival showcases the true hospitality of the region with many local volunteers involved, tourism associations including Wesgro showed their support from day one. Now an annual event, the festival highlights the many year-round walks we all love,” comments Saintz.

There really are walks for everyone, and those not to be missed include the Moonlight Meander and the brisk hikes up the regions highest peaks, such as the George Peak Challenge and the Peak Formosa Adventure in the Tsitsikamma region. Traditional walks include the Brown-Hooded Kingfisher Trail or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk, and for the more intrepid, there is a Keurbooms to Nature’s Valley walk. A collection of festive walks such as the Hi-Tec Coastal Pirates Treasure Hunt is perfect for Easter Sunday, or the Inner Magic walk for kids, both promise to be great fun with friends and family on Keurbooms beach.

The programme of over 50 walks includes many unusual walks, such as the Walk with Poetry, the Yoga Walk and the Sketching in Nature walk. For those with an adventurous spirit tough hikes along the rocky coast are a must.

Everyone is welcome –“The Garden Route Walking Festival is about building a connection between our diverse communities and between ourselves and wild nature,” says Saintz. The festival benefits local Garden Route environmental charities and conservation projects by showcasing their work and facilitating donations by walkers.

The walks are all led by local volunteer walk leaders or professional walking guides who share their knowledge of the region and their passion for the outdoors.

“Join us for fun time out, meet new friends and discover hidden gems off the beaten track. This festival is ideal for families and everyone keen to discover new trails,” concludes Saintz.

For more information about the Garden Route Walking Fest go to: www.walkingfestival.co.za

FESTIVAL DETAILS:
Date: 30 March – 2 April 2018
Registration is free, and necessary to coordinate numbers. Most walks are free, while others require SANParks or CapeNature permits or guiding fees.
Register at www.walkingfestival.co.za

CONSERVATION SUPPORT:
The festival benefits local environmental charities and conservation projects by encouraging participants to make a donation.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Organiser: Galeo Saintz and Zara Voorwerk
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: 082 888 8181

Facebook: Garden Route Walking Festival
Instagram: GardenRouteWalkingFestival
www.walkingfestival.co.za

Published in Festivals & events

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

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