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“Good for the soul”

Green Mountain Trail
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Elgin
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Owner description: The Green Mountain Trail is a four day hiking trail around the Green Mountain in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.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 S.A., 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.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good for the soul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This four day hike was a treat!! Each day we experienced something different and then what a treat to have a delicious meal and comfortable bed so that we were fresh for the next day of hiking. The first day is quite difficult and long but the stunning views of the Botrivier and Theewater Valley and seeing the spectacular King Proteas in their natural environment make it all worthwhile. The days that followed had us meandering through wine and fruit farms and tastings wines from the area. Our guide Andreas and his assistant John were very interesting and passionate about what they did. Thank you to Tony and Char from Porcupine Hills and Alison from Widlekrans for making this a memorable and highly recommended experience.

Visited April 2014
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English first
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5 reviews
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“A hike revisited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

My spouse and I had done this hike previously in 2010 however, I think we enjoyed it even more this second time around. What makes this hike so special is the personal touch that everyone involved in the Green Mountain Trail brings to it, especially the woman who is one of the Trail's founders and now, "Cheerleader in Chief". Alison Green has made this project her own and she does a superb job of making every guest feel not only welcome but valued and special. This comes on top of a fabulous hiking experience accompanied by equally fabulous wine tastings at or by local wine farms. A perfect combination. Congratulations to Alison and all the guides, wine farm personnel, B&B staff who make this such a special adventure.

Visited March 2014
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
“Up, close and personal with the fynbos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Early in March 2014 our small group of four from Kenya and Ireland experienced at close range the beauty of the fynbos and the amazing variety of plants on the mountainsides near the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve by booking a four day hiking trip with Green Mountain Trail. Our stay at 200 year old Wilderkrans was memorable thanks to our wonderful hostess Alison and her amazing team. Our guide Andreas was enthusiastic and knowledgable and our visits to the various vineyards well planned. An unforgettable holiday! Paris I

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Amazing Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

We just got back from the Green Mountain hike last week. Fabulous. Everything from the accommodation at both Porcupine Hill and Wildekrans, all of the meals, including the final lunch with a swim at Beaumont, the wine tastings and the hosts at each place, were excellent. And we certainly felt that we were entitled to all of the delicious food and wine after hiking for 14 to 18 km in the mountains each day.
Our main guide, Andreas, was brimming with knowledge on all of the flora, fauna and geology of the region and was absolutely infectious in his enthusiasm to share this with us as were his two co-guides, John and Mr. Holt. Even a day and a half of drizzle at the start did not dampen the spirits of any of the hikers. Thank you very much to Alison Green for creating such an amazing experience.

Visited March 2014
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Hillcrest, South Africa
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

We had the most amazing time, excellent guide, superb food and stupendous accommodation. We will be back - if not to walk to enjoy the food and wine and relive some of the memories.

Visited March 2014
Thank Barry P
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