The Diepwalle Elephant Walk is a manageable trail that takes you into the forest proper and gives you an opportunity to enjoy the smaller things like colorful fungus and millipedes which are easy to miss.

Getting there: take the N2 out of Knysna in the direction of Plettenberg Bay. Take a left onto the Uniondale turnoff and head north into the forest.
Distance: 7km
Difficulty: easy to follow trail

The trail follows a clockwise loop through dense undergrowth and is well signposted with red elephants on a yellow background. The one place we were slightly baffled was at the point where you exit the forest and find yourself at the road you arrived upon — here you must head to the right, along the road for a very short distance before finding the next signpost and heading into the forest on the opposite side of the road.

We came across a mess of feathers on the trail which looked to be a the remains of a Loerie.

It’s worth factoring in at least an hour to browse The Forest Museum which offers tons of details with loads of photos of the history of the Knysna Forest. By this time you will be famished so head over to the community tea room for some (very basic) refreshments.

We also got a chance to stop by at the camping decks.

By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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