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Eden to Addo Mega-hike

Listed under Walking in Knysna, South Africa.

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Last year I was fortunate enough to participate in the inaugural Eden to Addo Mega-hike, a 400km, 17-day epic that crosses seven mountain groupings, many rivers, biomes and veld types. The Mega-hike has now become an annual event that aims to reconnect fragmented natural areas.

Starting in the cool, mythical forests of the Southern Cape’s Knysna, which harbour the last few forest elephants, the trail traverses the inland section of the Tsitsikamma National Park, the Couga and Baviaanskloof Wilderness Areas to end in Addo Elephant National Park, itself a conservation success story and on its way to becoming one of the largest protected areas in Africa.

It is long with some tough days, but the rewards are wonderful, the landscape immense. The experience is best described as “active meditation”.

Written by  Ralph Pina.

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