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Best trails in Garden Route National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Garden Route National Park, Western Cape? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Garden Route National Park ranging from 2.3 to 22.2 miles and from 13 to 734 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Garden Route National Park is actually three separate parks in one: the Wilderness Section, the Knysna Lakes Section, the Tsitsikamma Section, and the Nature's Valley Section. The park is known for its indigenous forests, awe-inspiring coastline, unique flora, and abundance of wildlife. Many visitors choose to hike the 44 km Otter Trail that weaves through the park. There are campsites at the various sections. There is a fee to enter. The rate is dependent upon which section you visit. Pets are not allowed in the park.

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Map of trails in Garden Route National Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
(044) 877 1197
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Mouth Trail
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Mouth Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stormsrivier, Eastern Cape, South Africa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#2 - Giant Kingfisher Trail
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
Giant Kingfisher Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is Show more
#3 - Otter Trail Day 1: Trailhead to Nigubu Hut
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Otter Trail Day 1: Trailhead to Nigubu Hut is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Stormsrivier, Eastern Cape, South Africa that offers scenic views and is rated as moderShow more
#4 - Blue Duiker Trail and Otter Trail Loop
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Blue Duiker Trail and Otter Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Stormsrivier, Eastern Cape, South Africa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Show more
#5 - Otter Trail Full Hike
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 22.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
General Information Due to the physical demands of the Otter Trail, the following age restrictions are in place: Minimum age 12 years; maximum age 65 years. Check in: Allow some time to weigh your bagShow more
#6 - Tsitsikamma Waterfall
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Tsitsikamma Waterfall is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kou-Kamma NU, Eastern Cape, South Africa that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The traiShow more
#7 - Otter Trail Day 2: Nigubu Hut to Scott Hut
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
Note that water from the Kleinbos River is not suitable for drinking.Show more
#8 - Breidel Pad
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Breidel Pad is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#9 - Circles in the Forest Hiking Trail
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
The trail starts about 2 km uphill from the park entrance, at a parking lot / picnic area. Follow the clear sings behind the small gate. Turn right following the sign. After about 2 km hiking you haveShow more
#10 - White Elephant Trail
Garden Route National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
White Elephant Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is prShow more
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