Day hiking permits

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Day hiking permits

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Hi everyone,

Two of us are going to be spending 2 nights/2.5 days in August on the Garden Route, planning to spend most of that time on day hikes possibly in all 4 sections of the national park. Ideally we'd wait till we arrive to decide on specific trails, but it seems the need for permits/reservations might make it better to figure it out sooner. We're a little confused about how the reservations work for day hikes:
- are they required for all 4 areas?
- are they trail-specific, or just area-specific?
- is it better to purchase them in advance to make sure they don't run out? (We're in the US so it could only be, say, one day before.)
- are they only good for a specific day?
- can they always be purchased right at the gate OR at park offices?

Thanks!
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Re: Day hiking permits

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You do not have to prebook/prepay for day hike permits.

If and when you do need to pay for them then please note that the Garden Route National Park is cashless. So the permits must be paid for by Credit Card.

At Ebb&Flow the Half-collared Kingfisher trail, 8km, start is from public road, with a hut just inside the entrance where one would buy the permit.

The same would be similar for all the Sanparks Wilderness and Knysna trails.

At Natures Valley the trails are open to the public.

The Storms River trails appear to start/end within the park so you would pay for entrance to the park at the entrance gate.

It is only the overnight trails that must be booked, via the reservations system.

You would need to ask if the permit from a previous site is valid for the new site. We found that within sections ie Knysna 'Garden of Eeden' and 'Kranshoek' used the same permit but the going up to Millwood required a new permit. (cost/entrance/permit covered by Wildcard but still needed to complete the form). There is nothing complex about the processes.
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Re: Day hiking permits

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Ok thank you - that does clarify things!
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