Descending to coast through fynbosText Box: THE WHALE TRAIL - DE HOOP

The Whale Trail is arguably South Africaís best Slack Packing Tour. The trail traverses the De Hoop Nature Reserve, situated on the Cape coast and boasts unique fynbos and pristine coastal scenery. This is great for hikers who enjoy the freedom of hiking without hassle. The slackpacking hike is guided by GoTrekking Africa, we also transfer your luggage from one point to the next, arrange accommodation and prepare delicious meals.

 

The De Hoop reserve is a classic example of natures ability to weave diverse elements & unlikely habitats into a rich tapestry of unrivalled splendor. This unspoiled wilderness area was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for itís magnificent natural beauty & concentration of rare† endemic fynbos. Join GoTrekking Africa for a 5 day exploration of the diverse Cape Floral Kingdom & coastal marine reserve.

THE WHALE TRAIL - DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE SOUTH AFRICAíS CAPE COAST - FIVE DAYS

Vaalkrans HutsView from Vaalkrans hut, Whale TrailSea cave on Whale TrailWhale TrailBlow holes between Hammerkop and VaalkransNoetsie Huts Whale TrailNoetsie cove and hutsCoastal fynbos on rocky headlands

OPTIONAL EXTRAS INCLUDE:

 Transfers to/ from de Hoop Nature Reserve

 Airport transfers, closest Airports are George then Cape Town

 Equipment hire

 Accommodation reservations

SO that you can relax and enjoy your hike, GoTrekking Africa guides:

 Arrange all Park Fees and Permits

 Navigate

 Provide, tasty, nutritious meals, dietary requirements eg vegetarians are catered for.

 Are trained in rescue

 Carry First Aid

 Carry a satellite phone for emergencies

 Arrange for your bags to be transported from hut to hut each day, youíll only carry a day pack

 Are knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, geology & flora of the Garden route

ACCOMMODATION

The quaint Cape style cottages are all spacious and very comfortable, they contain beds, mattresses, hot showers and your GoTrekking Africa guide will prepare all meals for you while you sit back and enjoy the views of the mountains or ocean from the well appointed cottages. The trail includes 5 nights of accommodation, the first night is spend in the reserve and hiking starts the following morning, this allows you plenty of time to travel to De Hoop Marine Reserve.

 

SEASONAL ATTRACTIONS

The trail is beautiful year round. Whale watching from June to December. Fynbos flowers are best from July-Octoberber. A popular trail, usually booked a year in advance, but ask us for your dates.

 

ACCESS

The closest airports are George and Cape Town. The closest big town is Swellendam on the N2.

Initially the hike winds through rare fynbos, over lime stone hills & rugged sandstone where the highest point in the trail, Potberg hill 611m allows you uninterrupted views of the Langeberg mountains, coastal plains & turquoise ocean. The fynbos & protea are plentiful, August to October is the best time to enjoy the spring flowers. If youíre lucky, Cape Mountain Zebra, rare Bontebok or the endangered Cape Vultures may be seen on the trail.

 

The next 3 days are a varied exploration of the wind sculpted coastal cliffs, white sandy beaches and intertidal pools bristling with sea creatures. If youíre joining us from June to December itís very likely that you'll be able to spot the Southern Right Whales nursing their young in the clear bay in easy view of the shore, dolphins are seen throughout the year. Thereís plenty of time to spend swimming,† exploring caves, studying the rock pools and enjoying the sun while on the hike. Email us for details.

Interior of Vaalkrans hutRock formation at De Hoop Nature Reserve on Whale TrailCoastal fynbos and great views over coastal plainViews on Whale Trail

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