Walking Trails


Brackenburn Private Nature Reserve

Brackenburn is a magnificent 150 hectare property that forms part of the famous Tsitsikamma forest of the Garden Route.

The property is almost entirely indigenous forest with a mix of new and old growth. Declared as a nature reserve in 2001 after many years of various types of farming, it has been mostly untouched until I came along at the beginning of 2015. After discussions with Brenda (the property owner) I have opened up the original logging trails for guided walks and she has allowed me exclusive access.

At present there are three circular walks  and one ending off the property as a one-way route. They are as follows:

Forest Meander:

A lovely interactive meander through the reserves’ forest edge; perfect for kids and adults alike. Explore the bugs & birds and enjoy the fantastic variety of indigenous trees. Come away with an introduction to some of the trees of the garden route, insects, flowers, fungi, and woodland birds.

Walk stats:

  • Easygoing
  • 1 km, 1 hour
  • Maximum 15 people

River Pools:

An amazing, often unseen, part of the reserve. Traversing down into the valley we first encounter the Buffels River at a beautiful, naturally made, rock pool. From here we follow the river exploring the banks, pools, and forest edges as we go. There is always lots to see as the river is full of life. We follow a steep trail back up to the top of the reserve, ending with spectacular views of Robberg Nature Reserve and Plettenberg Bay.

Walk stats:

  • Moderate
  • 2.5 km long, 2-3 hour
  • Maximum 10 people
  • Includes a cold drink at the end

River Adventure Trail:

My most popular route on the reserve at the moment. This is a steep downhill all the way into the valley. The forest affords us little snippets of views as we make our way down before coming out onto the amazing Buffels River. We meander along the river, leaving it slightly ever so often for a wander through the forest and explore as we go along. There is always something to see along this route and it is often filled with dragonflies, damselflies, frogs, and a myriad of other creatures; never a dull moment. There is a steep return up to the start, but this is taken slow and we end with cold drinks on a deck on the outskirts of the forest.

Walk stats:

  • Moderate to strenuous
  • 3 km long, 3-4 hours
  • Maximum 10 people
  • Includes a cold drink at the end

Forest to Beach:

This is a spectacular trail starting at the top of Brackenburn, we meander all the way down to the river, coming out at the one place on the property where I have seen an actual Cape Clawless Otter (although there are many signs of them and I often get them on my camera trap). We follow the Buffels as it joins with the Matjies River, continuing along and coming out at Arch Rock, on the Keurbooms Beach. The short walk along this beach affords wonderful views of Plettenberg Bay and Robberg Nature Reserve. There are often whales sighted just off the coast as well.

This is a one-way route. You can either arrange transport for yourself from the beach parking lot, or I can arrange a taxi back to Brackenburn (cost of taxi will be added to your total).

Walk stats:

  • Moderate
  • 7 km long, 5 hours
  • Maximum 10 people
  • Includes a cold drink halfway

I will take all ages on these walks, but we can discuss this and abilities as you inquire or book.

Booking for all walks is essential