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The Green Mountain Trail is a four day hiking trail around the Green Mountain in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Traversing a tapestry of fynbos and fruit farms this slackpack trail offers fine food and comfortable overnights in the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Accommodation is in four star country guesthouses. Delicious , wholesome meals are provided throughout.

The trail meanders around the Groenlandberg, part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Guided by THETA accredited guides you learn about the biodiversity and the history of the area. Swimming in rock pools and dams on a hot day is as refreshing for the body as it is for the soul.

The Green Mountain Trail is a moderate walking trail with distances varying between 11kms and 18kms each day. The effort level, as gauged by Slackpacker South Africa, is set at 3.5 with 5 being the most difficult.

The trail traverses privately-owned land. All landowners are members of the Green Mountain Eco Route, the world’s first biodiversity wine route, and part of the region’s efforts to conserve the environment and promote responsible tourism. All members are Biodiversity Wine Initiative champions. This enlightened initiative unites conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner. As part of the Green Mountain Trail’s social responsibility programme, hikers are encouraged to Walk with an Alien, a project in which a personalised walking stick is carved from alien vegetation by local communities.



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"After our trip to SA we were asked today by our daughter in law what were the highlights? Having seen and done various things it is always difficult to be asked this question, especially when you know the country fairly well and have had various exciting experiences. But without doubt the Green Mountain Trail and everyone connected with it will remain in our minds as a holiday where we became immersed in the environment in which you operate (people walk, nature, food and wine) and as such emerged from it ,with a great feeling of achievement, knowledge and relaxation gained.
Thank you, Best Wishes"

Dublin, Ireland

"The Green Mountain Trail is a well-balanced, multi-day hike that rewards hard work with fine food, superb local wine and sensational views. But it's more than a pleasant walk in good company: a major part of its appeal is that it allows hikers exclusive access to some very special parts of the Cape mountains. It's easy, non-technical hiking but much of the route traverses private land in an area of astonishing biodiversity. There are several endemic bird species to look out for as well as mammals such as baboon, klipspringer and rhebok, and leopard spoor is often seen on the path. Best of all however is the floral diversity: the Green Mountain Trail winds its way through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and the number of flowering plant species is mind-boggling, especially from September to December. The transition zone between the lower level renosterveld habitat and the mountain fynbos is particularly rich, and the high mountains are home to several very rare and localised species.

As a lead guide I love hiking the Green Mountain Trail. Every time I walk the trail I see something new, wildlife is relatively common compared to the Cape Peninsula mountains and the well-planned route means that logistics are straight-forward with pick-up points available on the trail to get hikers off the mountains in the event of bad weather or other problems. If you want a hike that blends easy walking, good exercise, fine living and incredible natural beauty, then the Green Mountain Trail is the one."

Guide, Dominique Chadbon

 

 

 

 

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