Whale Trail Hike
De Hoop Nature Reserve.
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.
TOUR DAY 1
Your adventure begins.We will meet you at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. After checking –in, you will have some time to orientate yourself and soak up the setting of the Potberg Hut. Sitting under the Southern Cross, enjoying the night sky you will be 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 the guide.
Potberg to Cupidoskraal 15 km
We rise early for a hearty breakfast, fuelling for our Potberg ascent. The climb to the highest point of the trail 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 and at the top, we take time out to marvel at the view over some well-deserved refreshments.
Cupidoskraal to Noetsie 15 km
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.
Noetsie to Hamerkop 8km
The breathtaking viewing of whales & dolphins from the cliffs as well as ancient shell middens and caves, make this stretch of coastline an adventurers’ paradise. We lunch at Still at and take time out to cool off in the rock pools.
Hamerkop to Vaalkrans 10.5km
Most of the day is spent walking on the white beach sand. Spot the shy oystercatchers and white-breasted cormorants as they bask in the sun and observe the remarkable intertidal pools, calcrete formations, and blowholes. The last stretch to Vaalkrans ambles through diverse coastal vegetation before we reach our accommodation situated on top a cave.
Vaalkrans to Koppie Alleen 7km
A short hike on the final day of the trail, through coastal thickets with ample time to admire the scenery 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.
General information regarding the trail
(Hiring of equipment can be arranged)