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About Circles in a Forest Hiking Trail

Following an old mining path along the Forest Creek, the Circles in a Forest Hiking Trail beckons hikers to explore the loveliness of the Goudveld Forest. This genuine forest experience is suitable for families and people of all ages, offering two trail options starting at Krisjan-se-Nek.

Feel dwarfed as you pass the towering 600-year old Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. You can almost hear them whisper Oupoot, the name of the long lost heroine and matriarch elephant made famous by Dalene Matthee.

This is truly the heart of the Knysna indigenous forest typified by giant Yellowwood trees, three-metre high tree ferns, Red-billed Wood-hoopoe, babbling streams, ancient ironwood trees, arum lilies, colourful mushroom and bracket fungi. Evidence of baboon, bush pig, porcupine and bushbuck can be seen everywhere. Keep glancing up to the treetops and you might spot a Knysna loerie.

Formerly called the Woodcutters Trail, this route is named after one of Dalene Matthee’s famous novels. The three and nine kilometre trails range from easy to moderate and are manageable for anyone over the age of five.

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Tania Harmzen
21 June 2013

The walk is absolutely spectacular. But make very sure before hand of directions, this walk is badly marked and the map given is of no real use.

Bevan Jennings
30 December 2011

They have a nice website but it would be so useful to have GPS co-ordinates of the trail head. To get there trying to use a Google map is 'mission impossible'.

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Circles in a Forest Hiking Trail is 16.9km from the centre of Knysna , the nearest airport 67.9km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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