About Boardwalk Lodge

Guided Hiking Tours

For those wanting something a little more strenuous than a stroll along the beach, there are a number of lovely walks in the Wilderness and George area. Marius Boshoff, a registered tourist guide for the Garden Route, from TRAVSA Shuttle Service & Day Trips, is located on the Boardwalk premises and is available to take our guests on short guided hikes along the Garden Route.

Don’t forget:  binoculars, sunscreen, a sun hat, good walking shoes, drinking water, a bird reference book and your camera. Let’s go walking!

THE HIKES:

FOREST BUZZARD SHORT HIKE - 45 minutes
This is a short hike at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountain. It passes through indigenous fynbos, forest and pine plantations. The mountain streams are crystal clear and tree ferns grow on the banks. Giant Yellowwood and Stinkwood trees turn the forest into a magical fairyland. The trail passes a man-made dam with an awesome view from a rocky cliff. It is an easy hike that can be done with training shoes. 

OLD GEORGE DAM HIKE - 2 to 3 hours
This hike forms part of the Tierkop hiking trail. The walk will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete and exertion is medium to high. It is a circular route that goes past the old George dam. This dam used to supply George with drinking water but is no longer in use. The route covers typical indigenous fynbos with forests in the gorges. The old dam projects images of desolation and spookiness with George CBD in the far distance. This hike is not for the weak of heart and hiking boots are more appropriate. 

HALF COLLARRED HIKING TRAIL - 2 to 3 hours
This route is in the heart of Wilderness (15 km from George) and follows the Touw River to a beautiful waterfall − a beautiful setting to sit down with an ice cold drink or to have a splash below the waterfall. Hikers may be lucky with a sighting of the Knysna Lourie or the majestic Fish Eagle. Bird identification plaques are displayed on the route. This is a one-way return hike and is easy walking along a wooden boardwalk. The distance is approximately 7 km and takes about 2 to 3 hours. The river is crossed on a “flotilla” and youngsters will be thrilled by this adventure. Vegetation is indigenous and most trees are tagged with their biological and common names. 

PEPSI POOLS HIKE - 45 minutes
The name was given to this waterfall and rock pools due to the dark tea colour of the water. Vehicles are parked at the Nelson Mandela University and an easy walk (30 minutes) leads you to this natural wonder. The road passes through a pine plantation and indigenous fynbos. Troops of baboons are found but they are extremely shy of humans. Bushbuck are often seen and a few leopards still frequent the rocky mountains. The route is easy enough for young children and riding your mountain bike brings great rewards.

DORING RIVER  - 5 1/2 hours
The Walk this pristine fynbos circular route nestled between Witberg and the Outeniqua Mountains. The trail follows the Doring River Valley past a spectacular mosaic of fynbos. This hike is of moderate exertion and hiking boots are recommended.

CAPE DUNE MOLERAT - 3 1/2 hours
This trail is nestled between Rondevlei (round lake) and the magnificent Swartvlei near Sedgefield. The hike follows a route on and between ancient sand dunes with interesting vegetation unique to this area. The trail is of moderate exertion.

We have a great indigenous forest surrounding us
Hiking on the beach
We have a rich variety of birds and bugs on our guided hiking trails