Sunshine Coast Tourism
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Eastern Cape, South Africa

Hiking

Hiking Trails

WOODY CAPE DASSIE TRAIL:   This delightful hiking trail is set the beautiful Alexandria Forests.  There are two options - contact the Woody Cape office on 046-653-0601 or email addoenquiries@sanparks.org.  

ASSEGAAI TRAILS:  Day walks from 3.5km - 14km, or 2-3 days hikes.    1km tree trail available.   Hike through riverine forest, grassland and kloofs.   Naturally occurring game and over 180 species of birds.    046 622 8619 or www.assegaaitrails.co.za

BELTON HIKING TRAIL:    Various trails through forest, bush and pineapple farm.   082 808 6139

CANNON ROCKS HIKING TRAIL:   7km from Cannon Rocks through indigenous forest and back through the spectacular shifting dunes and along the beach.  

SUNSHINE COAST HIKES:   Slap packing trail from Woody Cape through to the Great Fish River.    Includes overnight stays in luxury accommodation, a cruise up the Kleinemonde River, canoe the Kap River, meals, luggage transfer to and from Port Alfred.    Trace the footsteps of ancient explorers along our wild, unspoilt beaches.  Enjoy strolls along wide open beaches, view fascinating rock pools and marvel at the wildlife and birds of this unique environment.  All hikes are in the Sunshine Coast.  Accommodation, all meals, sundowner cruises, canoe trails and transfers are all included in this scenic and fascinating hike.  046 624 5295.   www.sunshinecoasthikingtrails.co.za

DIAS CROSS:   Walk along the beach 1 1/2 hours from Bushmans River Mouth or 1hour from Boknes lagoon.  

WATERS MEETING RESERVE:   174ha reserve has 3 trails (3 - 9km) trhougyh coastal dune forest and river edge.  Abundance of bird life and naturally occurring game.   Picnic spots with braai areas and toilets are available.   Overnight accommodation at forest hut.   Accessible by canoe from Kowie River.    079 496 7979

CHAPPIES CUSHION:  A beautifully marked trial through this exquisite game farm situated just outside of Bathurst is yours to explore.   For more information contact 082-494-3025 or email foxytrading@lantic.net

PORT ALFRED TRAIL Tree guide available from tourism office. Stroll through the little town, amble along the river. View the historical sites and places of interest (map available). Extensive and beautiful walks along the beaches.

KOWIE NATURE RESERVE Pleasant eight kilometre walk through grass, bush and alongside the river. The Nature Conservation Department of the Ndlambe Municipality has created the Kowie Hiking Trail, not only as an estuarine and scenic attraction in itself, but also as an off-shoot of the Kowie Canoe Trail which canoeists can add to their discovery of the Kowie River. The Hiking Trail involves a two-hour walk of eight kilometres inside the Kowie Nature Reserve on land which was once part of the commonage.

To reach it, drive along the Grahamstown road (R67) for five kilometres out of Port Alfred, turn left at the SANTA turn off, drive past the hospital, 43 Air School and the Balancing Dam and park cars at own risk inside the fenced-off area. Vehicles can drive down to the picnic sites (rough road). The reserve is open between 07h00 and 17h00. As it is in a Nature Reserve, disturbing the animals or damaging the plants is, of course, forbidden. Pets, particularly dogs, and NOT allowed.   Rangers:  Charles 076-557-1324 or Mjali 046-625-0876 / 079-496-7979

BLAAUWKRANTZ RESERVE To date 215 plant species have been identified here. Birds in excess of 185 species. Rare endangered Sandelia Banseii freshwater fish in the pools. Access R67 to Bathurst.

 

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