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GUIDED NATURE HIKES IN THE MAITLAND NATURE RESERVE & THUNZI BUSH LODGE
2018-11-21 | GRAEME PIENAAR

GUIDED NATURE HIKES IN THE MAITLAND NATURE RESERVE & THUNZI BUSH LODGE

The main focus of these guided walks will be to take a closer look at the diversity of life found in this unique and threatened Indian Ocean Forest and thicket ecosystem. Hikes are led by a passionate nature conservator who is a registered Nature Guide with extensive conservation and ecotourism management experience. Graeme is past manager of the six-day Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail and a qualified Green Flag Hiking Trail Auditor.

  • Unique guided hikes focusing on floral diversity, species identification and their uses.
  • Walks will be aimed at creating an interest and understanding of sensitive and threatened ecosystems.
  • These hikes will be of interest to all nature lovers as we discover a world of hidden secrets on foot.
  • Hikes tailored for those wanting to discover our indigenous floral wealth.
  • No hike is ever the same. Every day holds new discoveries and adventure.

 Picture: Thunzi Bush Lodge Ntaka Dam

MAITLAND NATURE RESERVE                   

The 150 ha Maitland Nature Reserve comprises three trails (3Km – 9Km) which can be walked on their own or in combination with each other. All three of these hikes join an old wagon trail which is of historical significance as it was one of the first attempts at mining in the Cape Colony in the late 18th Century.

  • The hiking trails meander through lush coastal forest which gives way to thicket and dune fynbos in sections making the area a hotpot of biodiversity for plant and birdlife.
  • These varied habitat types are also home to smaller buck, mammals and abundant insect life with colourful butterflies ever present.
  • There are intermittent ocean views and the Maitland Dunefield can also be seen from the western section of the reserve which has colourful and hardy plant life for us to discover.
  • Thunzi Bush Lodge forms the eastern border of the reserve and the De Stades River wetland system creates a unique ecosystem for a diverse variety of bird life.

 Picture: Maitland Nature Reserve

Highlights Include

  • Hikes can include both Maitland Nature Reserve and Thunzi Bush Lodge surrounds.
  • Varied vegetation types with diverse coastal forest, wetland and thicket species.
  • Birdlife is plentiful in the varied habitat types and the region is also an Important Bird Area, extending for 23 km along coastal dunefield from the Gamtoos River mouth to the Maitland River mouth.
  • This Nature Reserve conserves threatened habitat types and is of historical significance.
  • Discover Interesting Traditional Plant Uses.

WHAT MAKES THESE GUIDED HIKES UNIQUE

  • We will discover new and interesting species on every hiking adventure. 
  • Passionate, Enthusiastic and Insightful Hike Leader.
  • Hikes can be tailored for individual hiker requirements and needs. 

Picture: Courtesy of Thunzi Bush Lodge

WHAT SETS GRAEME APART AS YOUR NATURE GUIDE

  • No Compromise with regard to Honesty and Integrity.
  • Hiker Safety is Non-Negotiable and Always Comes First.
  • Accomplished Hiking Trail Manager with past work experience on some of South Africa’s most loved flagship hiking trails.
  • Qualified and Experienced Green Flag Hiking Trail Environmental and Safety Auditor.
  • Passionate and Qualified Guide with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
  • Specialised Flora Hikes with a Nature Conservator.
  • Qualified Level II First Aider with mountain rescue experience and past co-ordinator for emergency situations on the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail.
  • • Tailor Made Hiking Experiences According to Hiker Needs. Hikes can be customised according to individual hiker abilities and we can search & seek for specific species should this be requested.

Picture: Courtesy of David Pledger - Thunzi Bush Lodge

RATES

Guided Hiking Fees (per person per day):

• 1 - 4 persons R600.00 per hiker group. (Minimum charge is R600.00 so two hikers would pay R300.00 each. Three hikers R200.00 each). R150.00 per person thereafter.

 

RATES ABOVE APPLY IF YOU PAY GRAEME DIRECTLY, SHOULD YOU WISH TO PAY THRU THUNZI BUSH LODGE A 20% HANDLING FEE WILL BE ADDED.

Contact: Graeme Pienaar - 0814125018

Thunzi Bush Lodge: 0725974810 / info@thunzi.co.za

www.thunzibushlodge.co.za

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