Four forest adventures for this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!

The organisers of the popular annual FNB Forest Family Hike, now in its 8th year and a highlight of the Knysna Oyster Festival, have launched three exciting new events which together will create a week of festive family activities to keep you active and entertained in Knysna this winter, from 24 – 28 June.

FNB Forest Family Hike: 24, 26 & 28 June

On Monday 24, Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 June the much-loved FNB Forest Family Hike will be back to thrill and exhilarate participants who can choose one of three distances depending on their age and fitness levels: 2,5 km, 6 km or 10 km. This unique hike along established trails in the Harkerville Forest is traditionally undertaken in fantasy costume provided to aspiring fairies and superheroes by the organisers. It’s preceded by an entertaining talk on the fascinating history of the region and the secrets of the forest in the cosy Forest Station event village.

Forest Family Trail Run: 26 & 28 June

More active visitors to Knysna who would prefer to run the 6 km or 12 km forest trails of the FNB Forest Family Hike are invited to do so before the hikes on Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 June at 08:30.

MTB Meander: 25 June

This exciting new event is for mountain bike enthusiasts who can choose either the 12 km Blue Duiker route or the more challenging Knysna Elephant Red route in the Harkerville Forest. The former follows jeep track, single track and forest roads. The Red route is a more technical, tough ride, with exhilarating single track and fairly steep inclines and declines.

Kurland Forest Triathlon: 27 June

The inaugural Kurland Forest Triathlon is a swim, bike and run around the Kurland Estate in Plettenberg Bay, the most scenic farm on the Garden Route. Swim in the dam and cycle and run along trails in the beautiful indigenous forest. Enjoy a forest adventure and some quality family time in a safe, eco-friendly space.

Choose the Clydesdale Standard Triathlon (800 m | 18 km | 8 km), or the Polo Pony Sprint Triathlon (400 m | 9 km | 4 km).

For kids there’s the Shetland Super Sprint Triathlon (100 m | 3 km | 1 km).

Event info and entry fees

Adults who enter any of these events online will receive a quality long-sleeved top and kids 12 and under will receive a gift. Early bird entries are just R390 per adult and R150 per child under 12 and are valid until 10 June. The entry fees include the legendary pre- and post-event hospitality provided in a cosy marquee, including hot soup, snacks, music, colouring in competitions and lucky draw prizes.

There’s a discount for three or more family members with the same surname of 15% off the standard entry fee of R450, and for groups of six or more friends or colleagues who enter together online.

For great value and if you want to do all the events, purchase the Early Bird Hat Trick Package (hike or run | bike | triathlon) for just R850 per adult or R350 per child before 10 June.

After 10 June, the Hat Trick Package (hike or run | bike | triathlon) will be R990 per adult and R450 per child.

For more information or to enter, go to http://www.electricink.co.za/forest-family-hike/. For regular updates follow the Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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