Gantouw Tours & Excursions

Frequently Asked Questions

When hiring a nature or mountain guide to take you on a walk or multi-day hike in the mountains you should consider what his/her primary function is:

  • Imparting knowledge of the fauna, flora and history is an important component of a well-guided experience.
  • The guide is also there to release you of the burden of all the logistics in arranging an outdoor adventure, such as doing the booking and arranging permits where applicable!
  • But one of the most importance reasons for a guide is that of safety on the mountain and that should never be neglected.
  • All mountain guides will have undergone training and assessment by an accredited and registered assessor. The criteria used for testing the guides are clearly laid out in the various standards. All guides must be in possession of a certificate of competency and be registered with the relevant Provincial registrar.
  • Guides have a “duty of care” towards their clients.

For ease of reference/ our walks and hikes are divided into 3 categories, nl

  • Ambles - which are easy short walks with no exposure to heights and that includes Botanical, Birding and Geological excursions.
  • Rambles – Which are walks or hikes with some moderate climbing or uphill walking
  • Scrambles – Which are strenuous and includes exposure to heights and some rock scrambling

Tours on offer include day trips visiting various nature sights and scenery as well as extended tours.

The following is an absolute must when joining our walks or hikes:

  • Proper Hiking Boots/Shoes
  • Water (minimum 1 litre)
  • Any personal medication
  • Warm clothes /Anorak and or raincoat & Hat
  • Your own lunch/snacks

Firstly, Gantouw Tours and Excursions make use of the trail grading system of THE TRAILS CLUB OF SOUTH AFRICA as follows:

Grading:

  1. Easy
  2. Moderate
  3. Strenuous

Difficulty:

  1. No exposure to heights
  2. Moderate climbing
  3. Moderate exposure to heights

Hike Attributes:


Difficulty:

Scale Description
Easy A short, flattish walk, e.g., a beach walk, greenbelt walk, between 3 and 8 km long
Moderate A hike that is about 8 to 15 km long and without big and steep inclines
Difficult A hike that is approximately 8 to 25 km long with a few big and/or steep inclines and possibly some moderate rock scrambling and/or on rocky paths and/or without a path
Very Difficult A hike that is more than 8 km long with many extremes in inclines and/or difficult rock scrambling and/or rocky paths and/or without a path

Technical:

Scale Description
A walk A walk - no rock scrambling
Easy Scramble Easy rock scrambling requiring use of hands: a person with little experience will be able to cope
Difficult Scramble Difficult rock scrambling requiring extensive use of hands: a person should have some experience in scrambling
Rock Climb Only for a person experienced in rock climbing

Exposure:

Scale Description
None No exposure to heights
Mild Mild exposure: the path is on steep ground, or near the edge of small cliffs. Those with a fear of heights will feel uncomfortable
High High exposure: the path is on very steep ground, or near the edge of high cliffs. Those with a fear of heights should not attempt these hikes

Hiker Attributes:


Fitness:

Scale Description
Average Little to moderate physical exertion will be experienced on the hike: a prerequisite for easy and moderately difficult hikes
Fit Significant, sustained physical exertion will be experienced on the hike: a prerequisite for difficult hikes and for moderate hikes where the pace is fast
Very Fit Extreme physical exertion will be experienced on the hike: a prerequisite for very difficult hikes and for difficult hikes where the pace is fast