Walking the Daisies is an annual two day, 50km environmental hike to South Africa’s premier eco-friendly music festival, Rocking the Daisies.
Walking the Daisies started in 2008, when botanist Greg Nicolson returned from a 28 day, 700km hike from Namibia to Cape Town to research endangered wildflower species along the N7 road reserve. He then decided to trek back up the coast for another 50km to Rocking the Daisies and was joined by his friend and founder of culturetalent, Nathan Daniel Heller.
Rocking the Daisies and culturetalent developed the initiative into a group experience and Walking the Daisies grew to 20 walkers in 2009, 50 in 2010, 100 in 2011 and 2012 and 200 in 2013. It is now a widely acclaimed event that supplements the festival’s aims to create and promote positive environmental action.
The 50km hike begins on the Thursday morning before the festival, starting from the beaches just north of Cape Town to an overnight camp at Silwerstroomstrand, and then continues inland on Day two all the way to the festival grounds on Cloof Wine Estate just outside Darling, arriving at Rocking the Daisies before sunset on the Friday.
Day 1 ±25km – Blouberg, Melkbos, Silwerstroomstrand
Walkers enjoy an up-close experience of the coastline including a beach cleanup and gentle meander along jeep tracks through private coastal land. This culminates in a festive overnight beach camp with fun activities such as swimming, drumming and yoga, followed by good food and live entertainment around the camp fire, before a much needed rest in tented accommodation.
Day 2 ±25km – Silwerstroomstrand, Mamre, Darling
After a brisk morning warm up and healthy breakfast we walk along the road reserve to Mamre where walkers get to plant trees with the local community and enjoy hiking through pristine wildflower fields, before arriving at the festival’s main stage in time for a great weekend of festivities.