The Whale Trail is a 6 day 5 night coastal wilderness hiking trail. The trail is situated in one of the planet’s most beautiful & ecologically diverse floral kingdoms, the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, South Africa. Our Whale Trail is professionally guided by FGASA Field and Marine and Cape Tourism guides husband and wife team Ralph and Gill. Both with 9 years of guiding experience, we have done over 15 Whale Trails for local and international guests with great success.
GENERAL INFORMATION regarding the trail
De Hoop Nature Reserve is 230 km from Cape Town International airport. (Transfer to & from Potberg for your own cost, can be arranged). Please ensure that your flight arrives in the morning and get to Potberg at around 14h00.
The route stretches over 58km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen and includes 5 overnight stops.
Trail limit is 12 people per trip (10 guests) and is termed “slack-packing”, a term used when one has the convenience of a portage facility. Hikers need only to carry a small day-pack with water, camera, rain jacket, sun screen etc.
The trail is exclusive in that you will not meet other hikers on the trail.
The trail will be fully catered for and special dietary requirements met as far as possible.
Requirements: sleeping bag, day pack, hiking boots & clothing. (Hiring of equipment can be arranged)
Accommodation on the trail is in a series of cottages with mostly 3 bedrooms with 4 bunk beds each.
A 60 liter container is issued to each person for personal belongings and this is transported to the next overnight stop.
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