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1 Sept - 21 Sept 2017
1 Sept - 21 Sept 2018
Article I. HIKE THE Eden to addo corridor
The Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike is an expedition for and about conservation. All money raised contributes to building essential conservation corridors stretching from Knysna to Addo and linking the three mega reserves of the area: The Garden Route National Park, the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and Addo Elephant National Park. These linkages are vital for preserving biodiversity in times of climate change. On the hike you walk through portions of all these reserves and through private areas where only Eden to Addo is allowed access.
You will experience 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes and probably some of the wildest areas in South Africa. The Eden to Addo Corridor is certainly the most bio-diverse corridor on the planet with fynbos, forest, thicket, succulent karoo and nama karoo biomes. Just one of the biomes, fynbos, consists of 9000 species of which 6192 are found nowhere else.
You will be part of a small, exclusive group of maximum 20 people that makes its way to Addo. There is no organised trail to follow. You will not come across other hikers or chalets. It can be very tough at times as we bundu bash through the Fynbos and follow animal paths. You will walk through areas where the last truly free elephants, black rhino and buffalo still roam without fences to hamper their movement. You will follow the spoor of leopard, bush buck and red hartebeest. And as you walk your donation is contributing to increasing their range by establishing conservation corridors between the parks.
If you have friends who you think would enjoy the hikes why not get them to walk with you - new friends are made and old friendships grow stronger when out in the wild.
HIKE IN STYLE
The Eden to Addo hikes are 'Slackpack' hikes walked in 'Safari Style', where your main pack is transported for you, so all you carry is a small day-pack with your lunch and wet-weather gear. On reaching camp at the end of the day you will find your safari tent already set-up, a fire on the go and a beverage of your choice. Meals are hearty and each evening fresh pot-bread is baked on the fire. All you need to do is put one foot in front of the other and take in the beauty that surrounds you
Washing consists of bucket showers made available wherever there is sufficient water.
On registration we will send you a comprehensive booklet on what to bring and how to get fit.
HIKE PROGRAMME AND STRUCTURE
Just because your main packs are transported between camps, does not make these hike any easier. The hiking day starts at 6:00am with a wake-up call and we start hiking at 8:00am. After a full day of walking we generally arrive in camp between 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
The average distance covered in a day is in the 20-26km range, the shortest day being about 12km and the longest 35 km. Even on a short day we will not get into camp before 3:30pm.
The hikes are facilitated by intrepid hikers with knowledge of the local fauna and flora, in depth understanding of the role of conservation corridors and a wealth of experience in the landscape that is walked through. The terrain is mostly remote mountain areas and some sections involve possible encounters with dangerous animals such as rhino and buffalo. We walk mostly on jeep tracks but the going can get tough when we have to hop across river boulders, bundu bash through the Fynbos, find a new path or ascend and descend mountain ridges. The average age of our hikers is 55 although we do have a 70 year old from time to time who out walks us all.
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guides, permits, safari tents and return transfers to
BOOKINGS: To participate in The Eden to Addo - Great Corridor Hike:400KM, please download and complete the entry form: You will receive a booklet on all aspects of the hike, what to bring etc on payment. Eden to Addo Entry Form
WHAT THE HIKERS SAY:
“It was no mean feat to walk in excess of 400 kilometres. It was hard work at times, but we were enveloped by tall mossy forests, fynbos flowers, spekboom thickets and nama karoo. Our “bush-whacking” route included some of the most attractive forest and mountain scenery in the country, although it is by no means pristine. For centuries humankind has exploited – and damaged – nature’s bounty and today the region’s national and provincial parks protect the best of what is left. Bird life is prolific and I recorded over 150 species including the Knysna Turaco which we sighted on our first morning zipping through clearings in the Knysna forest as well as the normally elusive Narina Trogon. We heard and sighted the African Fish Eagle as well as the Blue Crane, Kori Bustard, Secretarybird, Cape Vulture, Clapper Lark and Black Shouldered Kite, to mention but a few.
thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this
unique pilgrimage and feel privileged to have contributed towards an
Initiative that aims to link three Mega Reserves by means of biodiverse
tracts of private land, a Corridor, and thereby restoring some of the
ancient paths for not only mammals but also plants, insects and
birds. I share Joan’s dream that the elusive Knysna
elephants, the country’s only free-ranging pachyderm, may one day walk
the paths we have just trod. They have fought their way back
from the brink of extinction without any help from humankind.
I believe the
Please thank everyone concerned for their dedication, devotion and tender loving care in making this journey a once in a lifetime experience. I wish you all tremendous success in all future endeavours in making the Corridor Initiative a reality.“ Pam Osborn 2012 Great Corridor Hiker
“I thought I was going for a walk and would be roughing it a bit, whilst somehow working towards the corridor. Little did I know what this would bring. I cannot describe the experience, one of freedom, content, smells, touch, being, discovering, laughter, time to think. Thank you for this amazing experience. One that will remain with me. A seed has been sown in me and I intend to feed and nurture it.” Sabine Featherby 2010 Great Corridor Hiker
“Here’s to the forest, the woods, the thicket, the sky and the mountains. Here’s to the valleys and the streams and the rounded rocks… to the birdcalls urging us on and the animal tracks showing us the way. Here’s to the land that lifted our feet and to the open road. Here’s to the privilege of pilgrimage, of knowing that what we have done will outlive us. Heres to the corridors of the human psyche, the oneness of friendship, the conduits of companionship and the road to love. Thank you….and again thank you.“ Ian McCallum 2006 Great Corridor Hike
The Eden to Addo is a celebration of nature, a pilgrimage for biodiversity and an opportunity to contribute towards important conservation corridors linking the Eastern and Western Cape.