Hiking  >  Diepwalle Hike - 7 km

Elephant trail flanked by indigenous ferns

HALF DAY TRIP

MODERATE FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable boots or shoes
  • Sunscreen and sunhat
  • Camera

PRICE:  R600 / person all inclusive

This is an interesting trip because it incorporates a few elements especially for those that don’t have private transport and stand to miss out on spectacular views and beautiful scenery.

We pick you up from your place of accommodation and take a slow drive through the township onto the old Uniondale road, this is all dirt track. Our first stop is at King Edward VII big tree. This is an Outeniqua yellowwood that is estimated to be 660 years old. When you stand beside it you are truly dwarfed by the size of it. There is also a short walk along a board walk behind the tree that is enjoyable to do, which takes about ten minutes from beginning to end.

After this we head off to the Diepwalle forest station where we will peruse the Forest Museum. This gives more insight into the history of the area, the indigenous timber, the woodcutter's lives, elephants and other animals that live in the forest.

The view from Spitskop

Once you are finished looking around the museum we start our 7km Elephant walk through truly enchanting forest, where one could encounter honey badger, bushpig, snakes, buck, Knysna loeries, Burchels coucal amongst tree ferns, black stinkwood, iron wood, yellowwoods and many other indigenous trees.

This walk is a circular route and once we return to the vehicle if the weather permits we will take a drive to Spitskop viewpoint. From this point on a clear day you can see from The Crags past Plettenberg Bay all the way to the Knysna heads. You have to see it to believe it. From this point we will return to Knysna and you will be dropped off at your place of accommodation.

Transport, conservation fees and light refreshments are provided

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