South Africa’s first walking festival is building on its inaugural success and getting ready to put its boots on for a second year. The Hi-Tec Garden Route
Walking Festival takes place over the Easter Weekend with an offering of over 52 different walks to choose from between Mossed Bay, George, Knysna, Plett and
Natures Valley. The festival is an exciting option for visitors and locals to get off
the beaten track with easy walks or adventurous hikes on the Garden Route.
Arguably one of the world’s great walking destinations, the Garden Route is the ideal
place to host South Africa’s only walking festival, with its beautiful mountains, secret
forests, cascading waterfalls, coastal cliffs, incredible beaches and world famous trails.
“Walking festivals are an ideal way to discover new places and meet new people who share a passion for the outdoors, and our festival is unique, as it involves the support and involvement of all the local communities, from volunteer walk leaders to professional guides. Hi-Tec, a brand which has become synonymous with hiking in South Africa, are committed to the event, which enables us to offer a wide range of walks for free and catering to all levels of fitness and adventure,” comments festival founder Galeo Saintz.
And there really are walks for everyone, from slow saunters along the beach at the end of the day, to brisk walks up some of the regions highest peaks, such as George Peak
and Peak Formosa in the Tsitsikamma. Some of the traditional walks include the Brown-
Hooded Kingfisher Trail or Circles in the Forest Elephant Walk, and for the more intrepid, there is a Nature’s Valley to Plett Walk. A collection of festive walks such as the Fancy Dress Masked Walk at sundown, or the Inner Magic walk for kids, promise great fun with friends and family. A highlight for the kids is the Coastal Pirate Walk and Treasure Hunt on Easter.
Organiser: Galeo Saintz
Cell: 082 888 8181