Forest to Forest Trail

Explore the Garden Route

The South African National Parks (SANParks) trail network offers a wonderful way to stay healthy, connect with nature, feel a whole lot better, explore and experience South Africa’s wilderness areas.

Garden Route National Park

The lush Garden Route on the south coast is home to beautiful indigenous forest, lakes, rivers and steep mountains falling sharply to meet the ocean. At one time the forests supported an active timber industry and the elephants that roamed the forests were hunted nearly to extinction. Today, the forests and last remaining elephant are protected by the Garden Route National Park. There are literally thousands of walks in the area to choose from, including the world renowned Otter Trail. We share our favourite walks with you through our recommended Forest-to-Forest Trail in the Wilderness and Nature’s Valley sections of the Garden Route National Park.

Our favourite walks

If you don’t like to move around too much, packing and unpacking, choose a base and do these walks as day outings – the distances to travel are really not that far and it is such a lovely area that the drives are rather nice. The accommodation on offer runs the full gambit from “Relais and Chateau” luxury hotels, to comfortable luxurious Country Homes, guesthouses, backpackers and camping. I just like to stay in the SANParks rest camps because I like to support the Parks but mainly because I find it’s the best way to be in the wilderness.

Dr Tracey Phillips

CEO, Gondwana Alive

Why Gondwana Alive supports Forest-to-Forest Trails?

Our recommended Forest-to-Forest Trail in the Garden Route National Park is a lovely way to connect with nature, have a wilderness adventure and support conservation.

How does GA support?

By exploring and promoting an experience on the Garden Route that we find truly inspiring and which is safe for single folk – “although it is always best to hike in pairs or groups, if you are on your own, always let someone at reception know where you are going and keep alert.”

Garden Route National Park