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Knysna Day Walks & Hiking Trail - SAN Parks

The section provides for everyone, from old and youth, to the fit and physically disabled. Stop at Garden of Eden and learn the marked indigenous trees by name as you stroll the forest on a comfortable 800m boardwalk. Picnic, water and ablution facilities are available. The facility is situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, on the N2.

Other short walks included the scenic Kranshoek day walk and picnic site, with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean, and transects through Afromontane Forest, Coastal Scrub Forest, low tide pools and Coastal Fynbos. This walk is 9km long and takes you 4 to 5 hours of walking. The Perdekop day walk is also 9km long and provides the hiker with a shady forest walk, ideally for educational and spiritual fulfillment.

Perdekop trail
Distance: 9.5km; 3 - 4 hours; circular route
GPS Coordinates: S34 02.848 E23 13.851
Description: 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).

Elephant trail
Black: 9km; easy circular route; starts at the Diepwalle office
White: 8km from forest station or 6.5km from Diepwalle picnic site; easy circular route
Red: 7km; moderate circular route; starts in Diepwalle close to the office
GPS Coordinates: S33 56.909 E23 09.434
Description: All three trails add up to just over 18 kilometres, Black (9km), white (8km) and red (7km). Green flag accredited hike by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa (HOSA).

Terblanche trail
Distance: 6.5km; circular route; also known as Wandelpad
GPS Coordinates: S33 56.716 E23 03.244
Description: 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.

Kranshoek trail
Distance: 9km; circular route
GPS Coordinates: S34 04.702 E23 13.672
Description: 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.

Flora trail
Distance: 1km; circular
GPS Coordinates: S34 04.696 E23 13.671
Description: The educational walk starts in the Kranshoek picnic site. Check info boards for a flora guide of the trail.
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden walk is approximately 500 m and starts and ends in the Garden of Eden, accessible from the N2. 

Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail

This two day, 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.

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