Port Elizabeth and surrounds Hiking Trail

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Aloe Trail in Bluewater Bay

Aloe Trail

Hiking Trail in Bluewater Bay

The Aloe Trail starts at the top of Tippers Creek Road between Amsterdamhoek and Bluewater Bay. The circular route is marked with red arrows and overlooks Amsterdamhoek and the Zwartkops estuary. Vast numbers of aloes line the beginning of the trail, offering a blaze of colourful blooms during June and July and attracting numerous sunbirds. Keep following the red trail inland before returning to the ridge at a trig beacon. From here there are extensive views over the Zwartkops estuary, the saltpan and Zwartkops Nature Reserve. Duration: 3 hours Difficulty: Easy to moderate Distance: 7 km

Blindekloof Walking Trails in Uitenhage

Blindekloof Walking Trails

Hiking Trail in Uitenhage

Located about 8 km out of Uitenhage is the Groendal Wilderness Area, which features many lovely walking trails. The Blindekloof Trail is 16 km long, which will take about 4 hours to complete. An easy day’s walk, the trail starts from the office parking area, leads through succulent thicket and forest, following the Blindekloof Stream to Crystal Cavern Pool. Hikers return along the same route. The Upper Blindekloof Trail is a 2 day, 32 km long trail. This is a fairly difficult hike. From the parking area it leads uphill for 16 km, then descends steeply to Blindekloof Stream. Hikers follow the stream until the Paardekloof junction. Hikers will then climb steeply out of the kloof, and downhill back to the parking area. This route involves many compulsory swims. To organize your hike, contact the reserve manager.

Guinea Fowl Trail in Port Elizabeth

Guinea Fowl Trail

Hiking Trail in Port Elizabeth

The Guinea Fowl trail is located in the Baakens River Valley at the centre of Port Elizabeth. The walking trail is divided into an upper and a lower section. The Upper Guinea Fowl trail is six kilometres long and takes approximately two hours to walk. The trail starts at 3rd Avenue in Walmer and ends at Sunridge Park at Kragga Kamma. The Lower Guinea Fowl trail is seven and a half kilometres long and takes you downstream to Settler's Park. The trail meanders along the Braakens River and passes through a steep-sided valley below the city suburbs. Visitors can see wildflowers, trees and blue water lilies along the walk, as well as dassies, tortoises and lizards. The trail is not circular so walkers will have to organise transport for the way back. There are ablution facilities and water available along the trails.

Roseate Tern Trail in Schoenmakerskop

Roseate Tern Trail

Hiking Trail in Schoenmakerskop

Cape Recife Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse on the South African coast and was built in 1851. Stay on the beach past the lighthouse and go towards the car park at Chelsea Bay. From here you follow the gravel road. Then it will be a short climb to ruins of historical lookout buildings. Continue on the gravel road to the gate. Take drinking water. Difficulty is moderate. The trail is 9 km long and takes approximately three hours. Vehicles need a permit that can be obtained at the entrance to the reserve. No permit is required for hikers who leave their vehicles by the gate. Please enquire.

Sir Peregrine Maitland Trail in Port Elizabeth

Sir Peregrine Maitland Trail

Hiking Trail in Port Elizabeth

This day walk takes about three hours and is 3 km in length. It is an easy circular walk that passes through a portion of the forest and links up with the old wagon trail to a disused lead mine. Bushbuck, blue duikers, porcupine and rodents, as well as a large variety of birds can be spotted. Hikers should take their own water, as the stream water is not drinkable. This trail is great for children. Information boxes and a small hall for conservation education is situated on the trail.

Hiking Trail near Port Elizabeth and surrounds

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Blindekloof Walking Trails in Uitenhage

Blindekloof Walking Trails

Hiking Trail in Uitenhage(18.6 km from Port Elizabeth and surrounds)

Located about 8 km out of Uitenhage is the Groendal Wilderness Area, which features many lovely walking trails. The Blindekloof Trail is 16 km long, which will take about 4 hours to complete. An easy day’s walk, the trail starts from the office parking area, leads through succulent thicket and forest, following the Blindekloof Stream to Crystal Cavern Pool. Hikers return along the same route. The Upper Blindekloof Trail is a 2 day, 32 km long trail. This is a fairly difficult hike. From the parking area it leads uphill for 16 km, then descends steeply to Blindekloof Stream. Hikers follow the stream until the Paardekloof junction. Hikers will then climb steeply out of the kloof, and downhill back to the parking area. This route involves many compulsory swims. To organize your hike, contact the reserve manager.

Aloe Trail in Bluewater Bay

Aloe Trail

Hiking Trail in Bluewater Bay(45.6 km from Port Elizabeth and surrounds)

The Aloe Trail starts at the top of Tippers Creek Road between Amsterdamhoek and Bluewater Bay. The circular route is marked with red arrows and overlooks Amsterdamhoek and the Zwartkops estuary. Vast numbers of aloes line the beginning of the trail, offering a blaze of colourful blooms during June and July and attracting numerous sunbirds. Keep following the red trail inland before returning to the ridge at a trig beacon. From here there are extensive views over the Zwartkops estuary, the saltpan and Zwartkops Nature Reserve. Duration: 3 hours Difficulty: Easy to moderate Distance: 7 km

Guinea Fowl Trail in Port Elizabeth

Guinea Fowl Trail

Hiking Trail in Port Elizabeth(50.4 km from Port Elizabeth and surrounds)

The Guinea Fowl trail is located in the Baakens River Valley at the centre of Port Elizabeth. The walking trail is divided into an upper and a lower section. The Upper Guinea Fowl trail is six kilometres long and takes approximately two hours to walk. The trail starts at 3rd Avenue in Walmer and ends at Sunridge Park at Kragga Kamma. The Lower Guinea Fowl trail is seven and a half kilometres long and takes you downstream to Settler's Park. The trail meanders along the Braakens River and passes through a steep-sided valley below the city suburbs. Visitors can see wildflowers, trees and blue water lilies along the walk, as well as dassies, tortoises and lizards. The trail is not circular so walkers will have to organise transport for the way back. There are ablution facilities and water available along the trails.

 

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