Whale Coast Hiking Trail
The most popular whale coast hiking trail is without doubt the Whale Trail. Unfortunately bookings are very difficult to secure so bookings need to be made 1 year in advance. We make Whale Trail bookings on you behalf, and below is a list of the Whale Trail Hike’s that we have secured for your convenience.
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Whale Trail Dates
De Hoop Whale Trail
Due to its immense popularity ,the De Hoop Whale Trail is very difficult to secure. Bookings are made 1 year in advance through Cape Nature. Below is a list of the De Hoop Whale Trail hike’s that we have secured for your convenience. Whale Trail Price. 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. At R1750 per person per day – including accommodation, fully catered and guided, its a steal.
Whale Trail booking for the 30 November to 5 December 2019
Whale Coast Hiking Trail
The Whale Trail is a 6 day 5 night coastal wilderness hiking trail in one of the planets most beautiful & ecologically diverse floral kingdoms. The De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape, South Africa. Professionally guided by FGASA Field, Marine and Cape Tourism guides husband and wife team Ralph and Gill, both with 9 years of guiding experience. We have done 11 Whale Trails for local and international guests with great success. At R1750 per person per day – including accommodation, fully catered and and guided, its a steal.
TOUR DAY 1
Whale Trail Hikes all start at Potberg and this is where your adventure begins .We all meet at Potberg Hut in the De Hoop Nature Reserve at around 14h00 on the set date because that is the earliest check-in time. After checking-in, you will have some time to orientate yourself and soak up the setting of the Potberg Hut. Wander around the Potberg Hut and get a feel of the remoteness. Sitting under the Southern Cross, enjoying the night sky you will treated to a traditional SA braai (barbecue) paired with regional wines. Thereafter a thorough briefing of the hike and what can be expected on the trail will be given by your guide.
HIKE DAY 1
Potberg to Cupidoskraal 15km
We rise early for a hearty breakfast, preparation for our Potberg ascent. Although it’s not a technically difficult clime at all, its just a moderate climb to the highest point of the trail and is fragranced with fynbos of the Erica and protea species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Keep your eyes peeled for the gliding Cape Vultures that are growing in numbers because of a concerted conservation effort. And at the top we take time out to marvel at the view of the Brede River as it makes its way to the mouth at Cape Infanta, over some well deserved refreshments and a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee at the view point.
HIKE DAY 2
Cupidoskraal to Noetsie 15km
Our second night stop is at Cupidoskraal Hut, which is actually a house and not a hut. The trail was relocated to the new night stop after the original thatch hut was destroyed by a fire during a storm and lightning strike in 2014. From Cupidoskraal the trail follows the crest of the Potberg through mountain fynbos with unequaled views of the Indian Ocean and the Breede River. The route finally exits Potberg and leads onto limestone hills with strikingly different fynbos, then descends to the enchanting bay of Noetsie as we arrive at the coast for the first of three night stops along the De Hoop coastline.
HIKE DAY 3
Noetsie to Hamerkop 7.8km
The walk to Hamerkop is short, so we don’t have to leave very early. Breakfast and morning tea or coffee is a relaxed time to enjoy the view from Noetsie before we start the walk along the cliff. We never tire of the views along this section of the hike, the cliffs and beaches are spectacular. The breathtaking viewing of whales & dolphins from the cliffs, ancient shell middens and caves, make this stretch of coastline an adventurers’ paradise. After a short walk from Noetsie of about 5 kilometers we descend from the cliffs to lunch at Stilgat and take time out to cool off in the rock pools & explore the caves.
HIKE DAY 4
Hamerkop to Vaalkrans 10.5km
Most of the day is spent walking on the white beach sand, and any beach walk is strenuous, so we try to time the departure to make use of the firmer sand closer to the water. Spot the shy oyster catchers and white-breasted cormorants as they bask in the sun and enjoy the remarkable inter tidal pools, calcrete formations and blow holes. We usually stop for tea at a cove that we have discovered with suitable shelter from the sun and enough rocks for seating, and our lunch-stop is at a location overlooking the blow holes. The last stretch to Vaalkrans ambles through diverse coastal vegetation before we reach our accommodation situated on top of a cave .
HIKE DAY 5
Vaalkrans to Koppie Alleen 7km
Because the final day’s walk of the trail is relatively short, we have ample time to explore and swim in Hippo Pools. In whale season anything up to 50 whales can be seen in this vicinity. From Koppie Alleen we are taken by shuttle back to Potberg where we collect our baggage and say goodbye to the jewel of Cape Nature’s Floral Kingdom– The De Hoop Nature Reserve. [huge_it_gallery id=”85″] 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.