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Forest Buzzard Trail, George, Garden Route

Forest Buzzard Trail, George, Garden Route


The Forest Buzzard Trail, situated just outside of George is an easy 2.2km circular route through indigenous forest and pine plantations. The route passes by a cascading waterfall, which you will encounter twice, once at the top and then again near the bottom.

The trail starts from Witfontein Forestry Station, park your car at the forestry station, you will start the hike from the gate (if you are facing the building, to your right). Look out for the sign “Forest Buzzard” which will point you in the right direction. The trail winds its way through pine trees which will lead to a gravel service road, you need to left here and the trail branches to the right and onto a jeep track.

The first section of this trail crosses a mountain biking trail, be careful for oncoming cyclists. Stay on this jeep track until you see another sign post, that points you to a footpath on your left. Once again this section is another mountain bike trail intersection, keep to your right.

From here the trail continues through pine trees and crosses a small stream and eventually enters indigenous forest.  Take advantage of some of the benches along the way, ideal for a quick stop and snack.

From here you will come across a dam with a wooden bridge over the dam wall and shortly after this you will reach the waterfall. The trail winds down and crosses a gravel road near the base of the waterfall and meanders through the forest back to the forestry station.

Other: Dogs are allowed in this area as long as they are on a leash.




2.2 km


1 Hour




Before you start, get a map from the stand at the door of the station and sign the register. The map is your permit, there are no costs.

Take With

You will need the following:

  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • good walking shoes
  • insect repellent
  • refreshments and water
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • swimming gear

Getting There

From George take the N12 to Oudtshoorn over the Outeniqua Pass. Just outside George before reaching the pass take the turnoff to the right to Witfontein Forestry Station and the Montague Pass. Shortly after turning here, turn right into the Witfontein Forestry grounds and continue towards the office building and park there.

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