This 3 day exploration of the De Vasselot Section of the Tsitsikamma National Park is a superb introduction to the diversity of the Garden Route environment.
10h00 Meet at De Vasselot SAN Parks for start of the Trail.
Hike up onto the escarpment overlooking the coast, then down to Natures Valley through coastal fynbos and indigenous forest and via scenic Salt River estuary, this is a spectacular walk. Lunch is provided on the trail. You can spend the afternoon swimming in the lagoon or in the ocean at Natures Valley beach both very close to the hut. There are beautiful views of the lagoon, the forested hills and dramatic coastline. Head back to the hut for your first night. Dinner is prepared by your guide.
Natures Valley Beach to Kalandar Hut. Approximately 14km, 5 hours
After breakfast you’ll wind up the escarpment out of the Groot River and up onto the plateau below the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The forests of Yellowwood, Common Saffron, Wild Peach, Ironwood and Candlewood trees provide a shady tranquil hike before reaching the fynbos on the escarpment. The shy forest creatures that may make an appearance include Bushpig, Blue Duiker, Genets, Honey Badgers and Baboons. The Blaauwkranz hut has spectacular views, you’ll see Peak Formosa 1675m, the highest peak in the Tsitsikamma’s and aptly named (Formosa is beautiful in Portuguese) and the hut is set atop a cliff where a magnificent waterfall and tremendous natural pools just beg for exploration.
Kalandar Hut to Blaauwkranz Hut, Approximately 15km, 7 hours
You’ll head through the Indigenous Tsitsikamma forest to the Blouwkranz forestry Station, trail heads through forest and plantation until you descend into the Stinkhout kloof gorge, the trail follows the river and there is a delightful stop with a deep pristine forest pool where you are welcome to have a swim and relax before heading out of the Tsitsikamma forest and heading to the end of the trail.
Blaauwkranz Hut to Blaauwkranz Forestry Station - Approximately 12km, 6 hours
• Professional Guides
• 7 meals from Lunch on day 1, to Lunch on day 3
• 3 days hiking on Tsitsikamma & Natures Valley Trail network
• 2 nights Trail hut accommodation. The trail huts have bunk beds with mattresses, flush toilets and hot water bucket showers.
• National Park fees
• Transfer back to vehicle if parked at Natures Valley at end of trail
• Medical/ rescue insurance
• Alcoholic beverages