Cadeau Hiking Trail


Gedeelte 6 van plaas 569, Robbehoek, Tsitsikamma
6304

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Port Elizabeth International ( 50 - 60 KM )


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Garden Route/Cadeau Hiking Trails offer two world class one day trails; TheGarden Route Bloubaai Coastal Hiking trail and the Garden Route Elands River Coastal Hiking trail. Both these outstanding Garden Route trails are partly on private land and in Tsitsikamma National Park, one of South Africa’s top rated Nature Conservation areas, ensuring hikers of only the best hiking experience.

Garden Route Bloubaai Coastal Hiking Trail

The Garden Route Bloubaai Coastal Hiking Trail is scenically one of the most attractive coastal hiking trails open to the public in South Africa. This breathtaking trail wind through Fynbos, magical coastal forest, along the rocky shoreline of the Indian Ocean and even a short section of Pine Plantation can be experienced. A large section of the trail takes hikers along the rocky coastline of the Tsitsikamma making the trail technically challenging. Hikers should bring along a towel and swimsuits to enjoy the natural rock pool on warm days. The Garden Route Bloubaai hiking trail should not be rushed but rather explored at a leisurely pace to ensure you have enough time to experience this wonderful trail. This dramatic landscape requires a moderate level of skill and fitness from hikers. Hikers with joint or back problems should consult their doctors before booking the trail. The total distance of the trail is 5.2 kilometres and the recommended time for the trail is 4 to 5 hours. The trail ranges from easy to moderately strenuous.

Garden Route Elands River Coastal Hiking Trail

The Garden Route Elands River Coastal Hiking trail may be challenging but is one of the most scenically attractive and dramatically rugged one day hiking trails open to the public in South Africa; A trail not to be missed by any hiker visiting the Garden Route or Tsitsikkamma. There are two obstacles on the route where ladders or chains are supplied to assist hikers cross challenging rocky areas. This obstacle ads a bit of adventure to this wonderful trail making it more than just another hiking trail setting it apart from mall the hiking trails currently on offer on the Garden Route. The total distance of the Garden Route Elands River Coastal Hiking trail is 5.9 kilometres and the recommended walking time/hike duration is 4 to 5 hours. The trail is moderately strenuous with exposure in places. The trail is a “world class” day walk and suitable for groups no larger than 12 people.



Cadeau Hiking Trails - Fauna (Garden Route Hiking Trails)

The indigenous fauna forms an integral part of the forest. The animals are not easily seen but their tracks and droppings can often be seen on the walk. Larger mammals include bush pig, bushbuck, blue duiker, baboon and Vervet monkeys as well as the predators leopard and caracal. Bush pigs are omnivorous and are found in souders of six to twenty individuals while Bushbuck are usually solitary or in pairs. These animals are nocturnal, elusive and very shy, but are occasionally seen when disturbed during the day.

Approximately 35 to 40 species of the so-called typical forest birds are found here. More species can be found in the areas adjacent to the forest. Bird species includes the Knysna Lourie, Narina trogon, olive thrush, chorister-,cape- and starred robins. Due to poor visibility in the forest vegetation, the birds in the forest have rather loud penetrating calls. Sound takes priority over sight as a means of communication.

Various species of reptiles occur in the forests. Snakes, such as the very poisonous boomslang occur but are seldom seen. The favourite diet of the boomslang is the Knysna dwarf chameleon. The risk of snakebite is very small owing to its normally shy and non-aggressive disposition.

Cadeau Hiking Trails - Flora (Garden Route Hiking Trails)

The indigenous forests of the Southern Cape are the largest complex of natural, closed canopy forest in the Southern African region. At a glance, these forests are similar in structure to the classical rain forests of the equatorial regions; they have that “jungle –like” appearance. This is where the similarity ends. These forests are neither as tall, nor as species diverse as the warmer and wetter forests of Amazon. Canopy height peaks at about 27m (with emergent’s) and, in total, there are 470 forest species, of these 87 are tree species. The balance comprise Woody shrubs (55), Soft Shrubs (29), Lianes (15), Vines (47), Ferns (52), Geophytes (28), Epiphytes (25) Graminoids (35) and Forbs (97). The forests show considerable variation in species compositions, stem size and canopy height over a range of structural “types”. The forest is therefore classified into 8 different forest types, from very dry to wet. The classification is done according to the combined assessment of moisture regime, ground, shrub and tree flora as well as features such as tree form and canopy height.

Some trees along the route are labelled. Species that you will encounter include Ironwood, Yellowwood, White Pear, Stinkwood, Cherrywood, and Cape Beech. Onderbos (Black Withc-Hazel) abounds in the understory and in the wetter parts you will encounter enormous Tree Ferns. Various climbers (e.g. wild grape), Egiphytes (such as old man’s beard and tree orchids), mosses, ferns (e.g. maiden hair fern), lichens and colourful fungi are found in the forest.




 

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