The Hunter Gatherer Trail is a five-day hiking trail along the beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape. While the spectacular scenery of the region is a major drawcard, so to is the opportunity to learn more about the early history of the area.

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Typical Khoisan adults stood between 1.5m and 1.6m tall.

The Garden Route has a magical allure about it, remaining largely pristine despite many decades of urbanisation. The Hunter Gatherer Trail allows explorers to learn about how the ancient Khoisan inhabitants of this region lived centuries ago.

This hiking trail starts in Boggomsbaai, near Mossel Bay, and ends in Gouritz five days later. Daily hiking distances vary between 12km and 20km, depending on the fitness levels of those in the hiking party.

Accommodation is basic but adequate, with the option of tents, dormitories and rustic cottages. Ablution facilities are available at each stop. You have the option of cooking your food on an open fire and you can even catch your own food if you fancy a bit of fishing. The tour guides along this hike will be able to provide a range of historical and geological information along the way, meaning that in addition to all the exercise, you will learn a lot too.

You will visit Stone Age workshops that provide insight into what implements the Khoisan used in their daily lives. Your guides will also talk you through the hunting weapons and methods that the Khoisan used.

There is a rich range of birdlife along the Hunter Gatherer Trail and some of the species you will see include oystercatchers, sand plovers and fish eagles.

The Hunter Gather Trail offers a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to escape the daily grind of the urban environment and get back to basics, the basics that were enjoyed by the Khoisan many centuries past.

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