Knysna Forest Tours - Gamkaberg Hiking Trail

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve


Trail duration:
3 nights, 4 days
(5km, 13km, 11.6km)

We present a guided and fully portaged trail in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve. Guests carry only a day pack each day!! Luggage is transported via 4x4 to overnight stops.

Some facts about the trail:
Starting in succulent Karoo, this is a moderately strenuous trail taking hikers through a deep, forested ravine to a fynbos rich mountain plateau. Here they overnight at the remote Oukaraal camp and enjoy spectacular views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountain ranges.
Accommodation at Oukraal is in small 2 man, stone A-frame huts with a primitive stone shelter living/kitchen area.
Accommodation on 1st and 3rd nights is in a safari-style tent on decks, with splash pool and a kitchen/lounge area with adjacent lapa.

What to bring:

  • Hiking boots and socks
  • Slipslops
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunblock
  • Hat
  • Water bottles/Camel back/day pack
  • 3 layers of upper clothing for hiking days ( shirt, fleece and waterproof)
  • Sleeping bag/pillow ( For one night)
  • Extra Snacks ( energy bars etc.) We will provide lunch and snacks each day.
  • Torch

Warnings:

Every precaution is taken to ensure safety. Guests will still however be required to sign indemnities before commencing the walk. The trail traverses a remote wilderness area and can only be accessed by 4x4 in daylight hours. Remember we share the mountain with baboons, honey badgers, bees, spiders, snakes and even the odd leopard!! These animals will never bother us but please be aware that they are there!! Your guides are all qualified in basic first-aid. There is no cell phone signal on most of the mountain.

Climate:

Summers can be very hot but generally the climate is suitable for visits throughout the year.

Itinerary:

Day One:

The tour starts and finishes in Knysna. Airport transfers can be arranged on request.
Guests depart from Knysna to Gamkaberg located approximately 2 ½ hours away by car. After lunch we warm up on the gentle 5km Pied Barbet Trail.
Dinner served in the lapa next to a roaring fire.
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail


Day Two:

After breakfast we depart on the Tierkloof Hiking Trail of 13.2km through the gorge.
Bags and food are transported via 4x4 to the top of the mountain, you walk only with a day pack.
A good old South African braai for dinner on top of the mountain with a sky full of stars.
Camping tonight is very basic, no running water but enough for a French bath – plus eco loo. No electricity. Enjoy the wild simplicity of nature!
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail


Day Three:

Continue with a 11.6km loop back down to the tented camp for a good meal and a dip in the spring-fed pool.
Relax under the stars in the lapa for your final night.
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail


Day 4:

Depart for Knysna after breakfast.
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail
Gamkaberg Hiking Trail


Terms and conditions:

Booking in advance is essential and a 50% deposit will be required upfront to confirm all bookings. Balance is to be paid in full one week prior to departure.
Deposits become non-refundable one month prior to departure. Should a cancellation occur between the confirmation date and one month prior to departure then a 25% ( of the full amount) cancellation fee will be charged.

This is a fantastic hike and it will be an awesome experience for all who decide to join us!! Please contact me with dates at your earliest convenience. I look forward to hearing from you.

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