Introducing the Plett Camino Trail

Winona Griggs

Welcome to the Plett Camino Trail!

Hey there! I’m excited to tell you all about the incredible Plett Camino Trail. It’s an adventure like no other, and I can’t wait to share the details with you!

Imagine this: after months of careful planning and negotiation, the very first Plett Camino Trail finally kicked off in April 2023. It was a time of great anticipation and excitement!

We started our journey at the T’Niqua Stable Inn, where we gathered to enjoy some drinks and a delicious fire-cooked dinner. It was the perfect way to bond and fuel up before the big day ahead.

The next morning, as the sun peeped over the horizon, we were busy getting ready. We had to decide what to bring with us, what to leave behind, and what would be carried by our trusty porters. It was a flurry of activity and decisions, but that’s all part of the adventure, right? We always end up bringing more than we actually need, but hey, it’s all about learning and adjusting.

There’s something about the thrill of a deadline that helps us focus on what truly matters. And that’s exactly what we did. We packed our daypacks with the essentials, leaving behind anything that would slow us down. We were ready to conquer the trail!

As the adventure began, I found myself at the Harkerville Hut, ready to dive into the dense Knysna forest. And let me tell you, it wasn’t your typical bike trail. Instead, I was greeted by a lush, moist, and leaf-covered path, adorned with beautiful mushrooms, ferns, and an array of bird songs. And yes, there was even evidence of unseen animals scattered about.

After hiking for fourteen kilometers, I finally reached the Green Fern Lodge, our cozy oasis for the night. As I arrived, a refreshing pool and ice-cold G&Ts awaited, providing the perfect opportunity to relax and give my tired feet a break.

The next day was just as thrilling as we ventured onto a pristine mountain track that hadn’t seen any vehicles or hikers in years. The air was filled with the vibrant scents of the morning dew, while rays of sunlight peeked through the gaps in the forest canopy.

When it’s lunchtime, I happily make my way down to the beautiful Packwood Wine Estate. They have an amazing variety of wines and bubbly that you can taste, while enjoying a delicious meal of homemade cheeses and charcuterie. It’s an experience that truly tantalizes your taste buds.

After lunch, I continue my journey for another hour and find myself at a hidden deck that overlooks the upper part of the Bitou River. They say that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by those breathtaking moments that leave you in awe. And this was definitely one of those moments. Amanda, from the Protea Wilds Retreat, takes care of us and treats us to a night of incredible food.

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On the third day, I embark on a long fifteen-kilometer trail that takes me across the Bitou valley and up the other side. The trail is surrounded by untouched fynbos and the lush pastures of the Uplands area. Finally, I arrive at the Bella Manga Country Estate, feeling accomplished and ready for the next adventure.

When I embarked on the Queen’s Stage journey on day four, my fellow hikers and I were ready to go bright and early at 7:15 am. We eagerly awaited the arrival of the game vehicle, which would transport us across the beautiful Plett Game Reserve. Our guide for the day, Kiewiet, was well-versed in the wonders of the reserve and would accompany us on this exciting adventure.

Once we hopped off the game vehicle, we began our hike downhill, heading towards the magnificent Keurbooms River. Crossing the river, we embarked on a quest to find the starting point of our trail, a trail that we affectionately named “Postman James.” This name pays homage to its historical purpose and the dedicated Plett Camino trail warrior who discovered and cleared it for us.

The climb out of the valley was no easy feat, but it was just what we needed to get our hearts pumping. Once we conquered that challenging uphill stretch, we rewarded ourselves with a well-deserved break at the top. Energized and determined, we continued our brisk hike through the enchanting forests, eager to reach our next destination – Kay and Monty Vineyards, a mere ten kilometers away.

On the fifth night, I experienced the sheer delight of spending time at Davina and Derek’s 20 Good Summers working farm retreat. We celebrated how far we had come on our Camino journey with an abundance of wine and delicious pizzas.

Day five brings you back into the forest, following the course of the river towards the Keurbooms River. To our surprise, we encountered a challenging climb that could easily rival Postman James’. As we climbed up from the riverbed, we found ourselves heading towards Fairview House.

As you approach the Keurbooms River, the beautiful Robberg Peninsula starts to reveal itself during the final leg of the journey. It’s odd to think that just five days ago, we were looking at it from the opposite side. Without even realizing it, we had completed a full circle and now had a view of the peninsula from the East.

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When I reached the end of the trail, I couldn’t help but feel a rush of emotions and memories. It was amazing to think about all the steps that led me to this point. As time went by and I shared my experiences with others, those incredible moments came flooding back.

Let me tell you about the Plett Camino. It’s a one-of-a-kind journey through the breathtaking forests and highlands of the Plettenberg Bay region. For five nights and five days, you’ll be taken care of with all-inclusive accommodations and delicious meals.

Along the way, we’ll pass through Plett’s famous winelands. The temptation to stop and savor their finest “vino” might be hard to resist. But remember, we have a destination to reach.

Finally, the trail comes to an end with a delightful lunch at Down to Earth Restaurant on the Bitou River. It’s the perfect way to conclude this epic adventure from the Garden of Eden to Plett.

When you hike the Plett Camino, you’ll be walking between 11km and 18km every day. It might seem like a lot, but don’t worry! You’ll have a nice break for lunch in the middle. The whole day will only take about 5 to 7 hours, so there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the incredible sights and sounds of the forest.

The Plett Camino is an amazing experience because it’s fully supported. That means you’ll have expert guides who know everything there is to know about the route. They’ll be with you every step of the way, making sure you have a great time. And speaking of great times, you’ll also get to enjoy delicious snacks, meals, and drinks throughout the day. Plus, when it’s time to sleep, you’ll stay in comfortable accommodations that are set in beautiful locations.

The Plett Camino is an amazing idea from a local resident named Iain Bryant. He got inspired by the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain and the success of the Hermanus Camino in the Overberg. Iain thought to himself, “Why not create a similar experience right here in the Garden Route?” And that’s how the Plett Camino came to life.

But it wasn’t just Iain. He worked together with the local community, including landowners, SANParks, Cape Nature, and environmentalists. Everyone wanted to make sure that the Camino would respect the environment and bring maximum benefits to the local community and trail network.

Let me tell you what the Camino offers. It’s an all-inclusive package that takes care of everything. You’ll get breakfast, a packed lunch, and dinner every day. Plus, there are snacks, drinks, and even sundowners in the afternoon. And who doesn’t love a good wine tasting? You’ll get to experience two of those on your journey.

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But the adventure doesn’t stop there. You’ll also go on a thrilling game drive through the Plettenberg Game Reserve. Imagine seeing majestic animals in their natural habitat!

And finally, to celebrate the end of your trip, you’ll enjoy a delicious restaurant lunch. It’s the perfect way to reflect on your amazing journey and all the memories you’ve made.

So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in the stunning Garden Route, the Plett Camino is the way to go. You’ll not only connect with nature and the community but also have the time of your life. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Hey there! Let’s talk about some awesome things you can enjoy while exploring the Camino. I’ll break it down for you, so it’s easy to understand.

First off, we’ve got bag transfer between overnight points. Yep, you heard that right! You won’t have to worry about lugging your bags around while trekking through the picturesque landscapes of the Camino. We’ll take care of that for you, making your journey even more enjoyable.

Next up, we’ve got secure parking for the entire duration of your Camino adventure. This means you can park your car worry-free and focus on immersing yourself in the stunning trails that await you.

Speaking of trails, get ready for five nights of comfortable accommodation and five days of epic trails. We know how important it is to have a cozy place to rest after a day of exploring, and we’ve got you covered.

But it doesn’t end there! Throughout your journey, you’ll be accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. They’ll be there to provide you with valuable insights into the region, ensuring you have an enriching and authentic experience.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow us on social media! We’ve got all the travel news, inspiration, and guides you need. You can even tag us to get featured and share your own incredible Camino adventures with the world.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Camino adventure today and let us take care of the details. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Follow us on social media for more travel news, inspiration, and guides. You can also tag us to be featured.

Follow us on social media for more travel news, inspiration, and guides. You can also tag us to be featured.

Leave a Comment

Welcome to the Plett Camino Trail!

Hey there! I’m excited to tell you all about the incredible Plett Camino Trail. It’s an adventure like no other, and I can’t wait to share the details with you!

Imagine this: after months of careful planning and negotiation, the very first Plett Camino Trail finally kicked off in April 2023. It was a time of great anticipation and excitement!

We started our journey at the T’Niqua Stable Inn, where we gathered to enjoy some drinks and a delicious fire-cooked dinner. It was the perfect way to bond and fuel up before the big day ahead.

The next morning, as the sun peeped over the horizon, we were busy getting ready. We had to decide what to bring with us, what to leave behind, and what would be carried by our trusty porters. It was a flurry of activity and decisions, but that’s all part of the adventure, right? We always end up bringing more than we actually need, but hey, it’s all about learning and adjusting.

There’s something about the thrill of a deadline that helps us focus on what truly matters. And that’s exactly what we did. We packed our daypacks with the essentials, leaving behind anything that would slow us down. We were ready to conquer the trail!

As the adventure began, I found myself at the Harkerville Hut, ready to dive into the dense Knysna forest. And let me tell you, it wasn’t your typical bike trail. Instead, I was greeted by a lush, moist, and leaf-covered path, adorned with beautiful mushrooms, ferns, and an array of bird songs. And yes, there was even evidence of unseen animals scattered about.

After hiking for fourteen kilometers, I finally reached the Green Fern Lodge, our cozy oasis for the night. As I arrived, a refreshing pool and ice-cold G&Ts awaited, providing the perfect opportunity to relax and give my tired feet a break.

The next day was just as thrilling as we ventured onto a pristine mountain track that hadn’t seen any vehicles or hikers in years. The air was filled with the vibrant scents of the morning dew, while rays of sunlight peeked through the gaps in the forest canopy.

When it’s lunchtime, I happily make my way down to the beautiful Packwood Wine Estate. They have an amazing variety of wines and bubbly that you can taste, while enjoying a delicious meal of homemade cheeses and charcuterie. It’s an experience that truly tantalizes your taste buds.

After lunch, I continue my journey for another hour and find myself at a hidden deck that overlooks the upper part of the Bitou River. They say that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by those breathtaking moments that leave you in awe. And this was definitely one of those moments. Amanda, from the Protea Wilds Retreat, takes care of us and treats us to a night of incredible food.

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On the third day, I embark on a long fifteen-kilometer trail that takes me across the Bitou valley and up the other side. The trail is surrounded by untouched fynbos and the lush pastures of the Uplands area. Finally, I arrive at the Bella Manga Country Estate, feeling accomplished and ready for the next adventure.

When I embarked on the Queen’s Stage journey on day four, my fellow hikers and I were ready to go bright and early at 7:15 am. We eagerly awaited the arrival of the game vehicle, which would transport us across the beautiful Plett Game Reserve. Our guide for the day, Kiewiet, was well-versed in the wonders of the reserve and would accompany us on this exciting adventure.

Once we hopped off the game vehicle, we began our hike downhill, heading towards the magnificent Keurbooms River. Crossing the river, we embarked on a quest to find the starting point of our trail, a trail that we affectionately named “Postman James.” This name pays homage to its historical purpose and the dedicated Plett Camino trail warrior who discovered and cleared it for us.

The climb out of the valley was no easy feat, but it was just what we needed to get our hearts pumping. Once we conquered that challenging uphill stretch, we rewarded ourselves with a well-deserved break at the top. Energized and determined, we continued our brisk hike through the enchanting forests, eager to reach our next destination – Kay and Monty Vineyards, a mere ten kilometers away.

On the fifth night, I experienced the sheer delight of spending time at Davina and Derek’s 20 Good Summers working farm retreat. We celebrated how far we had come on our Camino journey with an abundance of wine and delicious pizzas.

Day five brings you back into the forest, following the course of the river towards the Keurbooms River. To our surprise, we encountered a challenging climb that could easily rival Postman James’. As we climbed up from the riverbed, we found ourselves heading towards Fairview House.

As you approach the Keurbooms River, the beautiful Robberg Peninsula starts to reveal itself during the final leg of the journey. It’s odd to think that just five days ago, we were looking at it from the opposite side. Without even realizing it, we had completed a full circle and now had a view of the peninsula from the East.

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When I reached the end of the trail, I couldn’t help but feel a rush of emotions and memories. It was amazing to think about all the steps that led me to this point. As time went by and I shared my experiences with others, those incredible moments came flooding back.

Let me tell you about the Plett Camino. It’s a one-of-a-kind journey through the breathtaking forests and highlands of the Plettenberg Bay region. For five nights and five days, you’ll be taken care of with all-inclusive accommodations and delicious meals.

Along the way, we’ll pass through Plett’s famous winelands. The temptation to stop and savor their finest “vino” might be hard to resist. But remember, we have a destination to reach.

Finally, the trail comes to an end with a delightful lunch at Down to Earth Restaurant on the Bitou River. It’s the perfect way to conclude this epic adventure from the Garden of Eden to Plett.

When you hike the Plett Camino, you’ll be walking between 11km and 18km every day. It might seem like a lot, but don’t worry! You’ll have a nice break for lunch in the middle. The whole day will only take about 5 to 7 hours, so there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the incredible sights and sounds of the forest.

The Plett Camino is an amazing experience because it’s fully supported. That means you’ll have expert guides who know everything there is to know about the route. They’ll be with you every step of the way, making sure you have a great time. And speaking of great times, you’ll also get to enjoy delicious snacks, meals, and drinks throughout the day. Plus, when it’s time to sleep, you’ll stay in comfortable accommodations that are set in beautiful locations.

The Plett Camino is an amazing idea from a local resident named Iain Bryant. He got inspired by the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain and the success of the Hermanus Camino in the Overberg. Iain thought to himself, “Why not create a similar experience right here in the Garden Route?” And that’s how the Plett Camino came to life.

But it wasn’t just Iain. He worked together with the local community, including landowners, SANParks, Cape Nature, and environmentalists. Everyone wanted to make sure that the Camino would respect the environment and bring maximum benefits to the local community and trail network.

Let me tell you what the Camino offers. It’s an all-inclusive package that takes care of everything. You’ll get breakfast, a packed lunch, and dinner every day. Plus, there are snacks, drinks, and even sundowners in the afternoon. And who doesn’t love a good wine tasting? You’ll get to experience two of those on your journey.

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But the adventure doesn’t stop there. You’ll also go on a thrilling game drive through the Plettenberg Game Reserve. Imagine seeing majestic animals in their natural habitat!

And finally, to celebrate the end of your trip, you’ll enjoy a delicious restaurant lunch. It’s the perfect way to reflect on your amazing journey and all the memories you’ve made.

So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in the stunning Garden Route, the Plett Camino is the way to go. You’ll not only connect with nature and the community but also have the time of your life. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Hey there! Let’s talk about some awesome things you can enjoy while exploring the Camino. I’ll break it down for you, so it’s easy to understand.

First off, we’ve got bag transfer between overnight points. Yep, you heard that right! You won’t have to worry about lugging your bags around while trekking through the picturesque landscapes of the Camino. We’ll take care of that for you, making your journey even more enjoyable.

Next up, we’ve got secure parking for the entire duration of your Camino adventure. This means you can park your car worry-free and focus on immersing yourself in the stunning trails that await you.

Speaking of trails, get ready for five nights of comfortable accommodation and five days of epic trails. We know how important it is to have a cozy place to rest after a day of exploring, and we’ve got you covered.

But it doesn’t end there! Throughout your journey, you’ll be accompanied by knowledgeable local guides. They’ll be there to provide you with valuable insights into the region, ensuring you have an enriching and authentic experience.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow us on social media! We’ve got all the travel news, inspiration, and guides you need. You can even tag us to get featured and share your own incredible Camino adventures with the world.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Camino adventure today and let us take care of the details. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Follow us on social media for more travel news, inspiration, and guides. You can also tag us to be featured.

Follow us on social media for more travel news, inspiration, and guides. You can also tag us to be featured.

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