Slackpacking, a manner of hiking where your bags are transported ahead each day to comfortable, catered overnight accommodation, opens up the activity of hiking to a wider audience. It enables opportunities for generations in families, like adult children with not-so-young-anymore parents, to enjoy walking through areas like the Groenlandberg of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve together.
The Green Mountain Trail is a four-day route with daily distances that measure between 11 to 18 kilometres to achieve a 60-kilometre total. The well-maintained trail traverses privately-owned lands and hikers are hosted in four-star country guesthouses at the end of each day’s section. In addition to a comfortable bed and hot shower, you also have wholesome home-cooked meals to look forward to.
This area of the Overberg is a hiker’s paradise with an abundance of fynbos, 1900 plant species, over 200 bird species and numerous antelope. On hot days, stopping to swimming in rock pools and farm dams is a mandatory delight. Rich in history, the family-owned working farms of the area date back to the 1700s and 1800s.
Hikes start on Mondays and can be booked year-round by groups of friends or families.