Hiking and Cycling Trails in Plettenberg Bay – Plett is surrounded by the natural loveliness of the Western Cape, which is a wonderland for outdoorsy folk. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine on one of the many walking and cycling trails around Plett for a really tranquil take on exploring the Garden Route. These trails take visitors thought the mountains and forests, and along the scenic coast of some of the country’s prettiest terrain.
A few of the best scenic trails for hiking, walking and cycling around Plett include
Robberg Nature Reserve (easy to difficult)
There are three trails here; which are 2.2, 5.6 and 9.2 kilometres long. The shortest takes about 45 minutes, the second takes around two hours, and the longest takes four hours. These trails are not suited to very little ones or the elderly, as there are some tricky rocky portions to negotiate. These trails showcase the rugged coastal stretch of the Robberg Peninsula and hikers can look forward to seeing Cape fur seals, rock hyraxes, and even great white sharks.
Storms River Mouth Trails (easy to moderate)
There are four trails here for day hikers. They are the Mouth Trail (two kilometres), Waterfall Trail (three kilometres), Loerie Trail (1.5 kilometres, circular) and the Blue Duiker Trail (5.5 kilometres, circular). There are maps for the trails, which include the various plant and animal species that you may see along the way. This is a stunning spot for bird watchers too.
Nature’s Valley Network (moderate to difficult)
There are a number of exquisite trails through Nature’s Valley – some coastal, some forest, but all magnificent. Indigenous forests, mountains, fynbos and stretches of sandy beaches make these a very special collection of hikes and walks for visitors and locals. They take between two and six days to complete and include features like swimming spots, picnic sites, massive yellowwood trees and a number of viewpoints, from where the breath-taking Garden Route can be savoured.
Stinkhoutkloof Trail (moderate)
This three-hour trail is 8.4 kilometres long, taking hikers through pine plantations, valleys, forests and streams. It takes around three hours to complete, if not slightly less. It is scenically spectacular with verdant greenery and mountains in the background.
Kranshoek Coastal Walk (moderately difficult)
The two trails here are three and nine kilometres long and take two or five hours respectively. They go through gorgeous fynbos, forests and rocky beaches and there is a picnic site for hungry hikers. These trails are in the gorgeous Kruisfontein State Forest in Harkerville. This is just a few minutes from the heart of Plett, and about 15 to 20 minutes from Knysna.