When one thinks of hiking in the Garden Route area, the first trail that springs to mind is the Otter Trail. Give it some more thought and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua Trails start to feature. However, from time to time you might find yourself in the Garden Route purely for holiday, or just passing through for a day or two and not enough time for a multi-day hike, but still itching to go for a walk. It’s then that you head to the Diepwalle Forestry Station and go lose yourself in the Knysna forest on one of the Elephant Trails.
Three trails, of varying difficulty, wind their way through pristine Knysna forest, starting and ending at the Diepwalle Forestry Station:
- Black Route: 9km; circular (Easy: 3-4 hours)
- White Route: 8km; circular (Moderate: 3-4 hours)
- Red Route: 7km; circular (Moderate – Difficult: 3-4 hours)
The trail is a mix of forestry road, woodcutter trails and boardwalk, winding its way past giant old yellowwoods, stinkwood trees, gurgling streams and beautiful tree ferns.
Along the forest floor, the fungi are a delight to behold. From the brightest orange to something that looks like Oreos growing out the side of a tree.
If you keep your eyes open, you might spot a Knysna Loerie or a Knysna dwarf chameleon.
Walk slowly, listen carefully and let the magic of the Knysna forest carry you into its dream…
For more information, contact the Diepwalle Forestry Station on 044 382 9762/3.