This upcoming Easter weekend we are so excited to be partner with Hi-Tec as a family and be a part of the Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival taking place in the areas of Mossel Bay, George, Great Brak, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Nature’s Valley and Keurboomstrand.
Walkers of every age can join in the festival fun and choose to sign up for various walks depending on intensity, date, location. Lots of the walks and trails are free whilst others involved a donation or a cost per person. So bring your dogs, toddlers and entire families.
We have travelled to the Garden Route quite often as a family and so look forward to joining walks on the beaches, trails and even game reserves along this route. A few essential items we will be packing for the festival in preparation include:
What we are packing
- Our Kway Carrier perfect for toddlers and hiking. With a light, solid frame, Caleb loves jumping into this carrier and makes walking over long distances or up hills and inclines relatively easy for the parent.
- Four Seasons in a day prep pack: The Garden Route weather loves to change a few times a day and even though mild, there is often light drizzle between Knysna, Plett and Nature’s Valley. We will need sunscreen, sun hats, warm tops ( if a cold front comes in) and rain macs for possible drizzle or downpour.
- Light Backpack for one of us to wear on the walks to carry all the toddler essentials such as nappies, change of clothes, suncreen, water and all our things from above. The Garden Route weather loves to change a few times a day and even though mild, there is often light drizzle between Knysna, Plett and Nature’s Valley.
- Our Hi-Tec trail shoes perfect for hitting outdoor trails.
We will doing the following walks each day and look forward to see you and your families out and about in this spectacular region of South Africa.
Our Good Friday will start off in the best way possible on the 3km Guided Game Walk at Giraffe View from 9-10am at Wittedrift, Giraffe View, Stofpad Road, Plettenberg Bay.
This easy flat guided walk is suitable for all of the family and costs R150 per person. You will see zebra, wildebeest, bontebok, impala and springbok. You will possibly see giraffe, waterbuck and bush buck depending where they are roaming on the reserve. This walk is located in a beautiful, tranquil valley nestled in the hills. Meet 10 minutes before at the poolside boma. Overnight accommodation and game drives available for non-walkers: giraffeview.co.za
On Saturday, we will do the Karlanderkloof Circle from 8-10:30am starting at the Picnic Site in Nature’s valley. The Kalanderkloof hike is surrounded by fynbos and has lovely viewpoints over Nature’s Valley. The walk will include information about the fynbos like the importance of fire, pollination and seed dispersal as well as the medicinal and cultural uses of some of the plants in the area. There will also be a handout with information.
This is a free walk but a conservation donation is encouraged.
Come Sunday morning Caleb will be dressed as a pirate for the Kid’s Coastal Pirate Walk from 9:30-11:30am starting at Enrico’s Car park in Keurboomstrand. This is a free, Robinson Crusoe style beach walk for kids. Come dressed as pirates and win a prize as we adventure along the coves and beaches from Keurboomstrand to Cathedral Rock. Great prizes to be won from Hi-Tec as kids hunt for the treasure buried in pirate’s hide-outs.
For more information on the festival and signing up for walks, walkingfestival.co.za