Knysna Slackpacking Trail

Slack Packing on the scenic Cape Garden Route South Africa.

South Africa’s most loved estuary the Knysna Lagoon is the start for this varied Slack Packing Adventure Trail. The magnificent Knysna heads are the backdrop to the canoeing trip on the first leg of this adventure trail. 

Hop onto GoVertical’s kayaks and get ready to explore this fascinating marine environment where sea creatures, rare birds, diverse habitat and awesome views are the order of the day. 

We will stop for a picnic and a swim in the Knysna Lagoon before ending the day at Brenton. You will make your way up to your accommodation with great views over the lagoon and Ocean.

Day two starts with a meander through the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve investigating the habitat and unusual behavior of these endangered butterflies. 

Depending on tides we then head to Fisherman's walk with its spectacular views of its sea cliffs or down onto the hidden beaches, both options winding past the ocean sculptures of Castle rock and onto Brenton Beach. 

The rest of the day is spent exploring the intertidal zone of Buffalo Bay with plenty of time to take a swim in the clear ocean, watch the antics of the endangered Black Oyster Catcher on this quiet beach. 

Relax and enjoy ocean views and a cocktail at Buffalo Bay before checking in for the night’s accommodation at Goukamma.

The fossilized Groenvlei sand dune is the site of our last traverse through the diversity of coastal environments that the garden route has to offer. Shady tunnels carved through ancient Milkwood forests lead to the beach where you can see the rock formations known as the oyster beds at low tide.

The last section of the trails is a hike across the fynbos covered spine of the highest fossilized sand dune on South Africa's coast finally culminating in a descent onto Groenvlei’s unique freshwater wetland near Sedgefield.

All gear is transferred between accommodation and meals are prepared for you by your guides. This is a relaxing way to enjoy hiking in the Garden route

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