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Business name: The Garden of Eden
CATEGORY:: Activities
Type: Walking Trails
About (Owner’s description): Deep in the indigenous forest between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay lies the Garden of Eden. This is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of the Knysna forest and definitely a must-see when visiting this gorgeous region. This part of the Garden Route is characterized by fairytale forests, serene lakes, breathtaking golden beaches and marvelous rivers - making this the perfect place for a variety of outdoor activities.

The walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for the elderly wanting to visit the forest. There is a number of wooden benches and tables along the trail to sit, snack, picnic or enjoy your 'padkos'. There is water and ablution facilities.

This walk may be short (little more than a path to stretch your legs), but it is through one of the most beautiful examples of Wet Highforest, an unusual forest-type with many examples of tall stinkwood (Ocotea bullata), kalander (Podocarpus jalca/us), wit-els (Pla/ylophus trifoliatus) and other tree species of the moister forest types. This site was first opened in 1926.

The walk has two loops of 500 metres each, or one big loop. Just long enough to get in touch with the senses and use the examples of giant moss. lichen & streams.

The entrance to the Garden of Eden is well marked from the road, so just follow the signs from Knysna and you will easily locate it. A small entrance fee is required at the entrance. This is used towards the conservation of the area and to regulate the thousands of visitors that flock to this natural heaven every year. The “garden” is only open during certain hours and this is dependant on seasonal factors, so be sure to check with the local tourism office before setting off.

The various information boards are very helpful in identifying the various plant, bird and small animal life in the “garden”. Except for the entrance gate and the walking trails, this “garden” is virtually untouched so you can imagine how it used to be like when wild animals lived there.

Directions: The Garden of Eden is signposted off the N2, on the right, about 15 kms from Plettenberg Bay towards Knysna.
Contact Person: SANParks
Street Address: N2, on the right, about 15 kms from Plett
Town: Plettenberg Bay
Suburb: Harkerville
Code: 6604
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (44) 532-7770
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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