South Africa’s only walking festival is the ‘not-to-miss’ event on the Garden Route over the Easter Weekend from 10 -13 April 2020.
The Garden Route is home to many famous trails and hikes, and in 2020 it is all about raising funds and awareness for trail maintenance and upkeep. The festival celebrates the region’s most iconic walks with a programme of fun and off-the-beaten-track walks on offer that are suitable for everyone in the family, from kids to seasoned hikers.
Walks vary in length from 1 hour to full-day adventures. With an easy to navigate website, the choice of over 40 different walks means there is an adventure for every day and every level of fitness. The Tidal Pool Meander and the brisk hikes up the region’s highest peaks sell out quickly, so a little planning is needed. Traditional walks include the Robberg Peninsula or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk in the Knysna forest.
The all time favourite of the festival is the Hi-Tec Kids Pirate Treasure Walk, which is perfect for Easter Sunday and promises to be great fun with friends and family on Keurbooms beach.
The Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival involves the support and involvement of volunteer and professional guides who share their knowledge of the region and their passion for nature. There are walks on offer every day for four days all along the coast from Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Knysna and Plett to Nature’s Valley.
Each year we are astonished by how many new people discover the festival and join in. The Garden Route is one of the world’s great walking destinations, its incredible mountains, secret forests, cascading waterfalls, coastal cliffs, amazing beaches and famous trails are ideal for an end of summer festival like this in the outdoors.
The programme with 45 different walks includes unusual walks, such as the Walk with Poetry, the Underwater Walk and the Sketching in Nature walk. For those with an adventurous spirit tough hikes along the rocky coast are a must and the one not to miss is the St Blaise Trail experience.
“Everyone is welcome, as the festival is about building connection between our diverse communities and between ourselves and wild nature,” says Galeo Saintz who founded the festival in 2012.
Date: 10 – 13 April 2020
Registration is free, and necessary to coordinate numbers. Most walks are free, while others require SANParks or CapeNature permits or guiding fees.
Register at www.walkingfestival.co.za
Organiser: Galeo Saintz
WhatsApp: +27 82 888 8181
Facebook: Garden Route Walking Festival