With summer almost in full swing, there is no better activity to engage in than hiking in Plett. It's the perfect thing to do to feel the sun on your back and relax whether you are on holiday or just simply enjoying summer in Plettenberg Bay. Plett, one of the most sought-after destinations along the Garden Route is surely home to a variety of fine hiking trails that any hiking enthusiast or nature lover could ever dream of. Here are a few trials you can challenge yourself with to test your fitness this summer.
A wander through the world-renowned Robberg Nature Reserve, The Robberg trail is perfect for beginners to intermediate. Depending on your fitness and experience, the tail takes anything from 45 minutes to 4 hours to complete. The Robberg features coastal escarpments, geological highlights, fynbos and offers hikers a perfect opportunity to spot dolphins and whales during season. Obviously, the best thing about it is it's right at the beach, so you can take a dip to cool off after an adventurous hike.
The Garden of Eden Mini-Hike
This forest boardwalk walking trail is perfect for families, even those with small kids and toddlers, oumas and oupas can come along too! What's more? It's ideal for strollers and wheelchairs. On this trail, you are sure to love the indigenous forest & ferns, the river that you come across several times and benches along the way where you can take a few minutes to rest. The walk only takes about 20 to 30 minutes. P.S. It can be slippery when wet.
Hikers Paradise Trails
The name spells it our itself, Hikers Paradise Trails is another moderate trail that takes up to about 3 hours to complete. It features Fynbos, rocky seashores, coastal escarpment, tiergat with stalactites and stalagmites, spectacular views, dolphin & whale viewing too! Hikers interested in this trail are advised to make reservations as entrance fee is payable and only guided hikes are allowed. Hikes are available from Monday to Saturday at 10:00, starting and ending at the parking area. To make a reservation, contact 044 533 1760.
Kranshoek Coastal Walk
Kranshoek Coastal Walk, located in the Kruisfontein State Forest is a fairly difficult and ideal for intermediate to advanced hikers. This coastal trail can take up to 5 hours to complete and can be broken into a 3km hike or a 9 km hike. The trail is open between 06:00 and 18:00 and no permits are required. Kranshoek Coastal Walk features dense forests, pine plantations, fynbos and a rocky beach. A picnic site is also available at the beginning of the route and makes a perfect rest spot after a long and tiring walk.
The Perdekop Trail
The Perdekop Trail, situated opposite the Harkerville Forestry office is an 8km hike through a verdant indigenous forest. The hike takes anything between 1 and 2 hours to complete. A permit is required and a map is an absolute essential.
A few hiking tips!
- Always carry enough water to drink to avoid dehydration
- Carry a few snacks, a packet of crisps, chocolate, sweets and fruit will do
- A hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are "must haves"
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes
- Carry a first aid kit - it comes in handy at times
- Hike with a few friends and remember to stay safe