Eden-2-Addo Hike 2014

400km of hiking over 22 days, from the Garden Route coast line all the way to Addo Elephant National Park, all via wilderness greenways … is that even possible?

You better believe it. The annual E2A Hike start at Diepwalle near Plettenberg Bay, and finishes after a good 200hrs-plus of solid trekking in the Kabouga section of Addo. This annual walk is the main fundraising activity for the EDEN-2-ADDO Corridor Inititiative, an eco-tourism project aimed at creating essential conservation corridors stretching from Knysna to Addo and linking the three mega reserves of the area.

You start in the glorious Garden Route National Park, then head via the Kouga Wilderness into the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site, and finally finish your oddyssey in the Addo Elephant National Park. These linkages are not only vital for preserving biodiversity (especially in these times of climate change), but also as a way of maintaining the concept of “man’s intrinsic right of way into the natural world”.

Along the E2A Hike, you will experience a slice of life within each of these various reserves, and also pass through a cross-section of private areas where only E2A walkers are allowed access.

Imagine experiencing five of South Africa’s 7 biomes as you pass through true wilderness, with not a single sign of humanity, and all the mind space one can imagine when you leave the rat race behind …

This is Eden to Addo, undoubtedly one of the most bio-diverse treks on our beautiful planet, with fynbos, forest, thicket, succulent and Nama Karoo as far as the eye can see, and it is an adventure unlike anything else. Do it, do some good for the planet, and bank memories which are sure to last you a lifetime …

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