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parkrun Big Bay

parkrun Big Bay is our home parkrun so you will excuse me for being a little biased!

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Website: www.parkrun.co.za/bigbay/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigBayParkrun
Twitter: @bigbayparkrun

I have run the Green Point and George parkruns and encourage you to try them all too — its heaps of fun experiencing other courses and realising just how widespread the parkrun movement has spread its good vibes!

The Big Bay route starts on the lawns of the (more…)

Harkerville Blue Route

A quick outing on the Blue Route and all the Harkerville MTB routes are in the bag!

Where: Garden of Eden on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Distance: 10km
Difficulty:
Cost: R38 permit from SANParks

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Harkerville Yellow Route

I previously blogged about the Harkerville Red Route which is certainly the most spectacular MTB route I have ever experienced. On our last Knysna trip I did the other routes available: the Yellow, Green and Blue routes.

Where: Garden of Eden on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Distance: 12km
Difficulty: entirely forestry roads
Cost: R38 permit from SANParks

I used this as a quick warm-up for the Harkerville Blue Route.

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Harkerville Green Route

I previously blogged about the Harkerville Red Route which is certainly the most spectacular MTB route I have ever experienced.

Where: Garden of Eden on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Distance: 13.75km
Difficulty: the majority of the route is on easy forestry roads; just the last couple of kilometers where the route joins the Red Route are on single-track.
Cost: R38 permit from SANParks

All the routes in the Harkerville Forest are well sign-posted and easy to follow.

If you are looking for a slightly more challenging workout combine this route with the Blue or (more…)

Harkerville Coastal Trail

This 2 day hike definitely falls into the category of “adventure hiking”. If you have not dassied your way up the Lion’s Head chains and the India—Venster safety measures, you will not have fun on this route. At all. You will be doing more significant tricks than both these routes — with a backpack on your shoulders.

Booking: SANParks
Website: http://sanparks.co.za/parks/garden_route/tourism/activities/harkerville.php
Distance: 13km + 15km
Difficulty: extreme for heights, stairs,walkways, ladders

Getting there: just off the N2 more or less halfway between Knysna and Plett
GPS Coordinates:

We did this hike in September, and experienced weather typical of (more…)

parkrun George

parkrun George panorama

Whilst on our December holiday in Knysna, we made an early morning mission through to George to enjoy the parkrun in the Garden Route Botanical Gardens.

Unlike our home parkrun at Big Bay, this parkrun truly is in a park, and is mostly off-road. It includes sections of lawn, jeep-track and snaking single-track through the adjoining forest.

It’s a super fun burn through the most glorious surroundings. Thanks for hosting us George!

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Old Gaol Coffee Shop and Restaurant

Wagon collection

We stopped the Old Gaol Coffee Shop and Restaurant for lunch after visiting The Fairy Sanctuary in Swellendam.

Website: www.oldgaolrestaurant.co.za

Getting there: from Cape Town side drive to the eastern end of the main road keeping your eyes open for the NG Kerk on the left; the Restaurant is across the street. GPS Coordinates: -34.01797, 20.44720

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