Come slackpacking in Plett
How does it work?
This is slackpacking at its best over four days and four nights in the company of Venture Beyond’s expert guides. Group sizes are restricted to a maximum of 14 people – just bring your hiking gear, a walking stick, your camera, binoculars and a daypack. Everything else is covered: accommodation, three meals a day, entrance fees to the various parks and reserves as well as transport from one trail to the next. We also offer a shuttle to and from Plett and George airports to make your whole experience hassle-free!
Where do I stay?
There are two accommodation options: Stay in three- and four-star-graded lodges in Plett or camp in style. We provide fully kitted-out dome tents with stretchers, mattresses, bed linen and bath towels. Our campsites are in the Diepwalle section of the Knysna Forest and in Nature’s Valley. Both campsites have excellent ablution facilities with hot showers.
Glamping costs R9 850 per person sharing. The lodge option costs R11 750 per person sharing, plus 30 % per single supplement.
Come glamping with us
Day 1: We meet up at the Diepwalle campsite late in the afternoon. Later we enjoy a leisurely dinner around the campfire with our tour guide. Day 2: After breakfast, our guide will take us on the Circles in the Forest Trail through indigenous forest and fynbos. We’ll have a picnic lunch at Jubilee Creek or Diepwalle before we hike through the Diepwalle section of the Knysna Forest. Day 3: Today we’ll tackle the 12 km Keurboomstrand to Nature’s Valley stretch, which begins at the picnic site at Keurbooms beach. We’ll walk along the beautiful coastline until we stop for lunch at Forest Hall. We end the day with dinner around the campfire in Nature’s Valley. Day 4: Today’s 8 km Kalanderpad Trail again winds through beautiful indigenous forest and fynbos with magnificent views across the valley, the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the ocean. The trail transects the deep forest in the valley, where you’ll walk among giant Outeniqua yellowwood trees, strelitzias and lush ferns. Day 5: Robberg Peninsula is on the menu today. Set in a marine protected area, we might see dolphins, humpback whales, seals or even a great white shark. Pelagic bird species are also plentiful.* 2018 DATES 20 – 24 September; 11 – 15 October; 29 November – 3 December
… Or stay in a lodge
Day 1: Check into the Whalesong Hotel in the late afternoon, where we will meet the tour leader and enjoy a delicious dinner afterwards. Day 2: See Day 3 on the glamping hike (Keurboomstrand to Nature’s Valley). We overnight at the Whalesong Hotel (or alternative). Day 3: See Day 2 on the glamping hike (Circles in the Forest Trail). We stay at the Bitou River Lodge (or alternative) tonight, renowned for its spectacular birding on the Bitou wetland. Dinner is a braai on the banks of the river. Day 4: See Day 4 on the glamping hike (Kalanderpad Trail). Lunch is at Bramon Wine Estate and we end the day with a sundowner cruise on the Keurbooms River. Day 5: It’s your last day of hiking and what better way to round off the experience than on a morning hike around Robberg Peninsula ending with a gourmet picnic lunch.* 2018 DATES 1 – 5 November; 15 – 19 November The programme can be adapted on the final day if you’d rather go riding or canoeing, but these activities are not included in the cost.