Knysna Forest Tours
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School Tours

Mountain Biking

We offer a half-day mountain biking experience for students/learners at the fantastic Buffalo Hills African Adventure Nature reserve. Guests/learners/children/teachers can all ride on the reserve together with our guides and view giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, bontebok, and wildebeest by bicycle. The reserve is perfect for either novice riders or more experienced riders to enjoy an outride in the bush. Lunch at the lodge is included after your tour, or feel free to bring your own and let the kids eat picnic style on the grass. All ages welcome.

Woodcutters Trail – "Circles in a Forest"

Time: 2 ½ hrs or 4 hours
Distance: 3kms or 9kms
Exertion: Light to moderate
Features: The heart of the Knysna Indigenous Forest in the Goudveld area with many prime examples of 600+ year old Outeniqua Yellowwoods and 3m high tree ferns.


Huge trees, old forest giants, the hysterical cackling of Red billed Wood hoopoes, massive Tree Ferns, gulleys, streams, ancient Iron wood trees – this is the heart of the forest. Arum Lilly's, fungi, bracket fungi's', porcupines, dreams of Oupoot ( the long lost hero Elephant made famous by Dalene Matthee) Baboon droppings, Bushpig droppings and Bushbuck droppings are seen on almost every corner. A real forest experience, this is one you HAVE to do. Suitable for all ages, from 5 years old to ...

We use this walk as an educational out-door classroom for school groups. It's a superb walk with some amazing tree's and fascinating facts. The vast knowledge of your guides (owner Tony Cook and FGASA Tree legend Ricky Jantjies) makes this is a superb outing for learners of all ages. We are proud to have taken The Australian Botanical Society on this walk!! We learn every day!! This walk is used as a favourite for school groups to live and breath the books of Dalene Mathee. Circles in a Forest/Kringe In a Bos comes alive in our hands ...
Our guides are FGASA qualified.

Canoe Trips

We also offer a full day excursion to Goukamma Nature Reserve where we have the Battle of the Paddles! We seperate your group into teams and race across a very shallow, safe, flat water section of the river in different types of water craft. Namely Fluid two man canoes, pedal boats, and Stand Up Paddle Boards. SUP ( Stand UP Paddle) is a the worlds fastest growing watersport and we are proud to be able to offer sport as part of your excursion. This is a fantastic trip creating bonds and ensuring team work and a competitive spirit for schools and businesses alike. Lunch is included and full catering for any group size can be included. This trip can be included with forest excursion as a full day or half day trip.

Contact us for rates and applicable group discounts.

Multi-day Hiking Trails for Scholars

Knysna Forest Tours offers multi day, overnight hiking trails specifically catering to school groups/youth groups. We base ourselves at Harkeville Forest Lodge, where nature meets affordability!!

All accommodation and all meals are taken at the lodge in the Bunk House and/or Safari Tents. The lodge has superb facilities, including a pool, sundeck, and a 100ft long "foofie slide"!

The Bunk House offers four, five, six, and ten bed dormitories, leading off a central barbeque and dining area. This is an ideal facility for large groups from where guests/students can explore our beautiful forests!! The Bunk House has access to separate male and female ablution facilities with hot and cold showers. Educators/teachers are accommodated in separate rooms in the Bunk House.

The two Safari Tents, each with 24 beds, are built on timber decks. These are mainly for school groups. The Safari Tents also have separate male and female ablution facilities with hot and cold showers.

Knysna Forest Tours will meet your group each morning at Harkeville Forest Lodge and take the guests out to the trail each day. Packed lunches, permits, guides, and walking sticks are supplied each day. The group is responsible for using it's own transport/school bus; alternatively we can arrange that for you. (At an additional cost.)

Itinerary

Day One

Arrival at Harkeville Forest Lodge and check in. Lunch today for your own account. Should the group arrive before lunch we will walk the 9km Perdekop Trail. A beautiful warm up forest walk starting and finishing at Harkeville Forest Lodge. Duration of walk is approx 3 hours.

Day Two : Circles in a forest – Woodcutters Trail

Time: 1 ½ hrs or 4 hours
Distance: 3kms or 9kms
Exertion: Light to moderate
Features: The heart of the Knysna Indigenous Forest in the Goudveld area with many prime examples of 600+ year old Outeniqua Yellowwoods and 3m high tree ferns.

Huge trees, old giants, the hysterical cackling of Red billed Wood hoopoes, Knysna Turacos(Loeries), massive Tree Ferns, gulleys, streams, ancient Iron wood trees – this is the heart of the forest. Arum Lillies, fungi, bracket fungis, porcupines, dreams of Old Foot (the long lost hero Elephant made famous by Dalene Matthee) Baboon droppings, Bushpig droppings and Bushbuck droppings are seen on almost every corner. A real forest experience, this is one you HAVE to do. Suitable for all ages, from 5 years old to ... well any age.

Day Three: Millwood Mining Circuit

Time 2 ½ hours
Distance: 6kms
Exertion: Light
Features: Historic interest, beautiful indigenous forest and mountains, old abandoned mine shafts in the kloofs and gorges.

A short easy but incredibly interesting walk with outstanding examples of mountain fynbos and moist high forest. The site where gold was first discovered in RSA in the middle of the Knysna Forests. Explore old shafts in the forest nestled behind little waterfalls, listen to the famous loeries and then visit the old mining museum and original site of the Millwood village. Nothing remains of the old village except some old restored mining equipment. The forest has basically returned to its original state and the forest slumbers peacefully in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Day Four : Robberg Nature Reserve Trail

Time: 4 hours
Distance: 11kms
Exertion: Moderate
Features: Unbelievable coastal scenery and views across Plettenberg Bay. Geological and archaeological interest, inter-tidal zone, huge seal colony, sea birds and animal-life.

The Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve and a national monument. A moderately strenuous circular walk which leads out high on the northern side of Robberg to the point, returning along the southern coastline to the Gap. Also the site of Nelson Bay Cave –first occupied 120 000 years ago. Hundreds of seals gather on the rocks at Grasnek and can be viewed easily from high up on the cliffs. A perfect opportunity to see dolphins, penguins, and whales. ( Whales only in season – July to October). The huge diversity of bird life, amazing Fynbos, and evidence of rocks dating back to the early Cretaceous period (130 – 110 million years ago) make this an extremely enjoyable walk with spectacular coastal scenery. An experience not easily forgotten.

Day Five

Departure after breakfast. Travel home safely ... see you next year!!

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag
  • Torch
  • Slip slops
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Good walking shoes/trainers
  • Warm Fleece
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Day Pack

What the Rates Include

All meals and accommodation, all permits, guides and snacks on all hikes.

Price per person sharing

The price per student/teacher for this tour is:
  • R1350-00 based on a minimum of 20 guests.
  • R1690-00 based on a minimum of 10 guests.


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