The Big Tree and Ratel Trail
This hike is all about an incredible giant Yellowwood Tree, with a height of 36.6m, Trunk length is 18.3m and it takes about 8 adults holding hands around the girth. It is thought that this tree is about 800 years old.
This hike is great for families; depending how much time you want to spend, meander around the cool forest on a boardwalk. Three different routes are available, all coloured coded 4.2 km (red), 2.6 km (yellow) and 1.0 km (green), all three walks are relatively easy and if you love trees or a relaxing walk with family then visit the Big Tree.
All running water in the river is drinkable. Don’t be put off by the brown colour, it is due to the tannins and humic acids.
- Indigenous Forests
- One of the largest Yellowwoods in South Africa
- Chameleons can be seen frequently
- Interesting Fungi
- Fauna & Flora
- Vibrant Bird life
From Cape Town, take the N2 towards Plettenberg bay. About 60km pass Plettenberg bay, and just after the turn to Storms River Village on your right, is the turn to the left which takes you to the parking area for the Big Tree walk.
Parking area 3 km west of the Storms River Bridge on the R102 – turn-off to the Big Tree
Sign, register and pay entrance fee
You will need the following:
- good walking shoes
- insect repellent
- refreshments and water
- swimming gear