The Green Ticket Trails

 

New Unique Slack Packing Routes on the Garden Route are more Affordable

If exploring amazing beauty and nature with a degree of comfort at reasonable rates is your beat – then you need to check out The Green Ticket Trails in The Crags area of the Garden Route near Plettenberg Bay.

The Green Ticket – which is a Reforestation project based in The Crags has introduced a 3 night hiking trail entitled “The Crags to Coast“ which explores The Crags and Nature’s Valley routes known only to locals familiar with the SANParks De Vasselot Section of the Garden Route National Park, from their overnight base at Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in The Crags.

Apart from the unbelievable beauty of walking through indigenous evergreen forests and along pristine beaches on old “Strandlooper” trails where midden evidence shows human presence dating back as far as 20,000 years, and even older Stone Age axe relics abound on certain prominent ridges.

On the afternoon of arrival, Tenikwa will introduce their Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to you and perhaps entice you to become a “Friend of Tenikwa”. The Green Ticket will answer questions about the following days hiking programme, terrain and Fauna and Flora to expect, and furthermore will talk about the concept of Carbon Capture Mitigation through not only Reforestation but also the importance of grasslands in Carbon Dioxide storage for a healthy biotic environment and your support of a local plant Nursery affiliated with The Green Ticket Nurseries.

While the Launch/Initial Trail is the 3 night “The Crags to Coast” trail – with accommodation and meals at Tenikwa each night, other routes and trails in the area are being planned and researched by The Green Ticket, including an organized hike to summit Formosa Peak (weather permitting, specifically wind) and new packages walking and cycling the Baviaanskloof and Kouga mountains. San rock paintings in this area depict strange spiritual scenes and are found in typical kloof and cave settings. This region boasts seven of the nine biomes in Southern Africa including having the status of a World Heritage Site.

Each trail is organized and facilitated by Academia Naturalis, who represent The Green Ticket and who have a socially responsible branch of their company, called BSIDP, which will be training up local village guides following the Field Guides Association doctrine and principles and who will be accompanying these groups.

 

Bookings for the first 3 night trails package beginning in mid-March open shortly on the following basis.

The Launch Special of R5990 per person sharing for the 3 day/night The Crags to Coast guided trail package includes:

  • Accommodation at Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in en-suite semi-luxury rooms with breakfast and dinners.
  • Experienced guides on the 2 day trails with lunch packs for all clients.
  • Introduction to the Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and The Green Ticket Reforestation project, including our getaway vacation prizes to be won through your own Carbon Capture Initiative by supporting The Green Ticket affiliated Nurseries.

 

The standard Green Ticket “The Crags to Coast” Slack Packing Trail Itinerary is as follows:

DAY 1

  • Check in at Tenikwa Wildlife and Rehabilitation Centre around 14H30 after lunch
  • 15H00 – Tenikwa and The Green Ticket introduction and briefing
  • 19H00 – Dinner and Overnight

DAY 2

  • 06H00 – Continental Breakfast
  • 07H00 – Start hike to Nature’s Valley via the Salt River and a picnic lunch with a view (+- 8km hike)
  • 17H00 – Return to Tenikwa for Dinner and Overnight

DAY 3

  • 06H00 – Continental Breakfast
  • 07H00 – Start hike to Keurboomstrand and picnic lunch en-route (+- 5km hike). Subject to the weather and tides, both of these day hiking routes may vary slightly specifically the Strandlooper trail along the coast to Matjies Cave passing pristine coastal pools and quaint beach coves with a magnificent coastal forest biome.
  • 17H00 – Return to Tenikwa for Dinner and Overnight

DAY 4

  • 08H00 to 09H30 – Full English Breakfast and hopefully some pleasant memories before departing your rooms by 11H00.

 

Please note:

  • Bookings are subject to a minumum group of 6 persons per trail
  • Availability on each trail is subject to accommodation availability at Tenikwa or other suitable accommodation in the area.
  • Special rates will apply for direct group bookings of 6 or more persons on each trail.

 

 

For enquiries/bookings contact: trails@thegreenticket.org

Websites: www.thegreenticket.org or www.tenikwa.co.za

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