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:
No exposure to heights
Moderate exposure to heights
A short, flattish walk, e.g., a beach walk, greenbelt walk, between 3 and 8 km long
A hike that is about 8 to 15 km long and without big and steep inclines
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
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
A walk - no rock scrambling
Easy rock scrambling requiring use of hands: a person with little experience will be able to cope
Difficult rock scrambling requiring extensive use of hands: a person should have some experience in scrambling
Only for a person experienced in rock climbing
No exposure to heights
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 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
Little to moderate physical exertion will be experienced on the hike: a prerequisite for easy and moderately difficult hikes
Significant, sustained physical exertion will be experienced on the hike: a prerequisite for difficult hikes and for moderate hikes where the pace is fast
Extreme physical exertion will be experienced on the hike: a prerequisite for very difficult hikes and for difficult hikes where the pace is fast