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About Outeniqua Hiking Trail

Hike through the home of the last group of Knysna elephant and the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains.

Giant yellowwood trees, songbirds, tinkling streams, the largest indigenous forest in South Africa and its legendary elephants – the seven-day Outeniqua Hiking trail has much to offer for seasoned hikers.

Apart from the thrill of seeing 600-year old towering yellowwoods, there are numerous other trees including stinkwood, ironwood, white pear, Cape beech, red alder and Cape holly. Birds to look out for are the Knysna turaco, Narina trogon, red-billed wood hoopoe, olive woodpecker, black-headed oriole and the Cape robin-chats.

Part of the trail passes through the awesome rainforest of Diepwalle and here you’ll be amazed by colourful fungi, lichens and feel dwarfed by huge tree ferns. Vervet monkeys can often be seen clambering in the tree tops and the forest is alive with the sound of birdsong.

The seven-day route starts at Beervlei Forest Station and ends at the Harkerville hut near the Harkerville Forestry Station. Shorter options of this 108 km trail can be done. Overnight huts provide bunk beds, mattresses, firewood and water. Contact SANParks for bookings and more info +27 (0) 44 302 5606.

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Outeniqua Hiking Trail Map

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Outeniqua Hiking Trail is 14.9km from the centre of Plettenberg Bay , the nearest airport 94.7km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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