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The Whale Trek/Hike-in winter

Whale Trail hike in winter

The Whale Trek or Hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve 5 night slack-packing trail.We recently returned from hiking the Whale Trek or Trail  on the Cape coast of South Africa in the De Hoop Nature reserve.. I now feel “qualified” to write this trip report on hiking the Whale trail within the De Hoop Nature Reserve during winter. The Cape Coast winter is renowned for windy wet weather and we advised our clients to come prepared for all 4 seasons. As it turned out we did encounter a variety of temperatures and weather conditions. The majority of the hike was walked under superb sunny skies with a fresh cooling breeze along the coastal cliff section.

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Whale Trail Price. R10 500.00 per person
R10 500.00 includes 3 meals, 1 X  cold beverage at the end of each day and one glass of wine. Professionally guided by FGASA qualified guides with the experience of 15 Whale Trails.

Whale Trail 7 to 13 October 2018
Unfortunately this trail is Fully Booked.
Whale Trail 12 to 16 August 2019
We have just managed to secure this sought-after booking. This one will fill up quickly, so book now. August to November are the best months for both Whales and flower viewing because the flowers are spectacular, and the abundance of Whales.
Whale Trail 03 to 08 September 2019
We are very excited about or latest booking although August to November are the best months for both Whales and flower viewing, Spring is very special because of the freshness and abundance of new growth. Secure you booking now remember its ‘first come first served”

Whale Trek

Day 1 & Day 2 of the whale trek or trail are the tougher longer distances over the Potberg mountain but also has spectacular landscape views. The unique fynbos vegetation  provided us with a beautiful spread  of wildflowers at every turn. The first trail hut is Cupidos. A welcome site after 16km.

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This is my favourite place on the whale trail . After 2 days of fairly serious mountain hiking we descended

to the bay of Noetsie, a little piece of paradise. Lovely new  facilities, not another soul for miles except for

the baboon visiting our kitchen and liberating a bag of apples .

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It rained overnight at Noetsie and we walked for an hour or two in the rain after we left the bay. We were prepared so it wasn’t a problem. Some of the best coastal scenery on the whale trail  is from these cliffs. The path is well marked and undulating, a lot easier than the previous 2 days , the scenery is breathtaking!

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Its a 7-8 km walk to Hamerkop with a short beach walk before reaching the whale trail’s overnight house.


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Hamerkop to Vaalkrans

10 km trail mostly on the beach. This time round there was more plastic pollution that had washed up onto our shores than I had seen before but otherwise the beach was clean and white. On route we passed the burnt out ruins of Lekkerwater Lodge, large colonies of basking white-breasted  cormorants and inter tidal pools. The last stretch of the trail before Vaalkrans is through coastal fynbos vegetation.

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Lovely cottage built on a cavernous cliff side, home to many cormorants . The whale trek/trail overnight huts are all unique in layout and position.This cottage is magical.

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Vaalkrans to Koppie Alleen

This part of the Whale trek is 7 km of easy walking along the beach and tidal pools if the tide permits or along the ridge if its high tide.

We enjoyed a coffee break before heading for the pick up point after passing Hippo Pools. What a great time we shared with our  Californian guests Christine and Jerry. Well done  on completing the Whale trail at this stage of your lives.

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De Hoop