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Garden Route Trail

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Birding trip around Wilderness

Mark took me on a birding route to several sites around Wilderness. It was like going birding with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eric B
Beautiful!

The Garden Route is a stunning trip and a must do! You visit so many beautiful places, Wilderness... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Katie D
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At Garden Route Trail we offer guided nature walks and birding tours in the Garden Route. Our flagship is a 5 day slackpacking trail between Wilderness and Brenton on Sea. We also offer customized hiking tours between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Dumbleton Rd, Wilderness, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mark took me on a birding route to several sites around Wilderness. It was like going birding with a pal. Mark's knowledge of birds was terrific. Had a great time saw lots of birds (including the wildly out of place Broad-billed Roller). Mark's alfresco fresh...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Naturewalk, Owner at Garden Route Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Eric, always glad to share with fellow birders.

Reviewed 22 August 2018

The Garden Route is a stunning trip and a must do! You visit so many beautiful places, Wilderness being one of them, such a peaceful place, and as it says, it truly is a wilderness!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Katie D
Reviewed 29 July 2018

We met Mark following a wonderful walk with Mark's Mother, Judy, during the Garden Route walking festival in 2017. Our walk this July followed on from another recommended walk - Judy's Midnight Meander, along the beach in Sedgefield, saw loads of octopus, starfish and enjoyed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Naturewalk, Owner at Garden Route Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Dear Nick and Penny, thank you for join us, both for the Moonlight Meander and on the Fynbos tour on the Tierkop Trail. Looking forward to seeing you on a future trip on one of our other trails. Rgds Mark

Reviewed 12 December 2017

We toured together with Mark the waterbird-hides and open field areas near Wilderness Dec 6th 2017. Mark knows the best locations and we found interesting birds. My wish to see kingfisher was realized. Some good pictures taken too. This area and the river mouths towards...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Naturewalk, Owner at Garden Route Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Hi Kai, since your visit we have had rains to break the drought and we anticipate that the 2018/19 summmer season will be great for birding.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

So much to do and see. Great chance to relax and enjoy the fresh air. enjoyed a boat trip in Knysna.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

The trail will give you a perfect view of unspoiled nature, the scenery is out of this world, some trails will lead you to the unspoiled beach.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Naturewalk, Owner at Garden Route Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

We have structured the Garden Route Trail to display the best nature sites between Wilderness and Knysna on a 5 day hiking trail.

Reviewed 20 April 2017

"Oh my hat!" to quote my sister who did the trail with her husband and us.This trail is simply a delight for those who enjoy being out in nature. Over 4.5 days, it includes 15kms of paddling on rivers and about 55kms of walking. I...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Naturewalk, Owner at Garden Route Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Hi Lesley, I am please to let you know, now that the drought has broken, the Garden Route, and the trail is looking superb. Hope to 'blow your hair back' on the trail again in the future.

Reviewed 25 May 2016

I am one of those strange people who do not like to share company with others. I might bring a friend, that is all. Mark was giving us 2 the most amazing 3 days in his area. We did a walk in the Knysna woods,...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Naturewalk, Owner at Garden Route Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Marion, we always love showing off the natural secrets of the garden Route to nature lovers. Hope to see you again, soon. Ciao, Mark

Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

10 of us women have just completed this trail. I cannot find the words to adequately describe how fantastic it was. There was some canoeing up pristine rivers with forests growing down to the banks, some beach walking, some dune forest walking, - hardly a...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

The Garden Route Trail offers magnificent views over the Lagoon and Indian Ocean. It is definitely a MUST SEE when you are visiting George and Wilderness .

Date of experience: February 2016
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VictoriaJane59
5 July 2017|
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Hi, there are numerous ways to explore the Garden Route other than by canoe. Most rewarding is a hiking tour taking in a mixture of the fynbos, forest and coastal biomes. For the more energetic, a mountain bike tour is an... More
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