Come slack­pack­ing in Plett

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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.

How much?

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.

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