Hiking Trails on the Garden Route - Half or Full day

Plenty of choice, whether you’re keen on a hectic peak climb in the Outeniqua mountains, a magical Knysna forest walk or leisurely exploration of the tidal pools, dunes and beaches, GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures will guide you on the Garden Route hiking trails of your preference. Below are some of our favourite Garden Route guided hikes in Knysna, Plett and the Tstitsikamma.



Robberg Nature Reserve Hiking Trails - Plettenberg bay

Weathered by wind & water, this unique peninsula has it all from sandy beaches, massive coastal cliffs, fynbos &  fascinating caves bearing evidence of thousands of years of climate change & habitation. You could see seals, sharks, whales, dolphins from the top of the cliffs & perhaps a clawless otter. Robberg Peninsular hikes are spectacular, half & full day options.

Kranshoek Coastal Trail - Harkerville, Plettenberg bay

The Kranshoek trail explores part of the Harkerville Forest, dramatic coastal cliffs,beautiful boulder beaches. waterfalls and tranquil rivers. 

This hike in the Harkerville Nature Reserve is varied and follows an unspoiled stretch of coastline, you’ll have an opportunity to take a dip in the river. It’s a full day of breathtaking scenery

Day hike Robberg Peninsular
Robberg witsand
Goukamma reserve
Swartvlei beach walk


Swartvlei Beach walk - Wilderness/ Sedgefield

The wind sculpted dunes and rugged cliffs form a beautiful back drop for this unspoiled beach and the fascinating tidal pools.  As the sea rolls back at low tide, all the treasures hidden in the tidal pools are revealed; baby fish, octopus, starfish, sea snails and crabs are just some of the brightly coloured wonders we can show you.

Groenvlei to Goukamma beach walk - Goukamma Reserve

A varied trail starting at  the Goukamma Reserve near Buffalo bay, you’ll cross an estuary, walk through an indigenous milkwood forest, take a scenic detour to the beach, and enjoy spectacular views from the top of the Groenvlei dune of the vleis or lakes lying to the North.  An interesting & beautiful full day hike.


George Peak 1337m & Cradocks Berg 1579m hike

Hike to the summit of these Outeniqua peaks that form the backdrop to the town of George. If you’re keen for uninterrupted 360 degree vistas of the Karoo, Coastal  plains, ocean & forest then you’ll love this hike. An altitude gain of 1330m means you work for the views but the splendor is worth it. Full day.

Pass to Pass trail - George

A gentler half day alternative to the Peak hike, this scenic walk takes you through montane fynbos from the top of the Montagu Pass via Losberg 852m with it’s beautiful views of the Outeniqua Mountains, the Keur & Malgas River Gorges to the top of the Outeniqua Pass.

Cradocks Peak
Elephant Walk
Knysna Forest Walk


Elephant Walk - Diepwalle Forest

Knysna is famous for the indigenous forest that lies preserved amongst the gorges & mountainous slopes of the Garden Route. Come hiking in the Knysna forest, below ancient trees, the height & girth of these giants are a marvel to behold. A Knysna forest hike is a fantastic option for those hot summer days, when wandering along the clear streams, moss cover banks often brings encounters with the elusive forest creatures.

Millwood Mine Walk - Goudveld Forest

Deep in the Knysna forest are the remnants of the one of the first Gold Rushes in south Africa, the Gold Rush only lasted 5 years, but the echo’s of the past remain to this day, enjoy a historical tour through the old mines and the forest surrounding them. Half Day


  • GoVertical Guide
  • National Park Fees
  • 500ml bottled water


  • Transfer to trail head
  • Hikers picnic
  • Gear hire
  • Hotel reservations

We will gladly combine any of the above guided Garden Route trails with excellent hotel accommodation to create your perfect hiking holiday

General information on hiking on the Garden Route, South Africa can be found here: Garden Route hiking trails