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About Harkerville Trail

One of the top two-day trails in the country, this magnificent trail is fondly nicknamed the ‘mini Otter’ for its similarities with South Africa’s most popular multi-day hike.

More lovely than the Otter Trail? Some consider it more stunning but anyone suffering from a fear of heights will find it a tough challenge.

Hiking the Harkerville Trail is a dream come true for seasoned hikers. The route starts at Harkerville Hut, an old forestry dwelling close to the Garden of Eden picnic site between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

The first day treks for 11 kilometres through lush indigenous forest decorated with an assortment of fascinating fungi and ferns. The calls of Knysna turaco and other forest birds ring through the forest canopy.

After tripping through the forest hikers are greeted by dazzling views of the coastline. Chains, bridges, and ladders have been fixed into steep rock faces to aid hikers in tricky sections.

The overnight spot is at the comfy Sinclair Hut – beds, a fireplace and wood are provided but you’ll need to backpack with everything else. The second day treats hikers to 12 kilometres of even more spectacular coastal scenery and incredible indigenous forest before reaching the start at the Harkerville Hut.

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Accommodation near Harkerville Trail

Luka Wine Estate

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Angels Rest Farm

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Eden's Touch

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Masescha Country Estate

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Conveniently located in the heart of the Garden Route, minutes from Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, this delightful 3-star owner-managed...
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Edenbrook Country House

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At the heart of Eden and set in 19 hectares of the pristine Harkerville forest, lies Edenbrook Country Manor.The grounds have great walking...
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Plett Forest Cabins

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Plett Forest Cabins is situated in the Harkerville Forest between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.Accommodation consists of a choice of two...
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Harkerville Trail Map

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Harkerville Trail is 2.6km from the centre of Harkerville , the nearest airport 93.5km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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