Discover the Whale Trail

Posted on by Chantel Louskitt

The five night Whale Hiking Trail developed by Cape Nature , traverses one of the Western Cape’s  most unique and diverse nature reserves within the famed Cape Floral Kingdom. Whales are not the only attraction on this magnificent trail. This World Heritage Site showcases dramatic scenery, stunning fynbos flowers, rare & endangered  birds and various mammals such as eland, grysbok, bontebok, Cape  mountain zebra, genets and baboons to mention a few.

The 56km route winds through unsurpassed natural diversity –  sandstone Potberg mountain, rugged Limestone cliffs and coastal thicket, as well as a long stretch of beautiful beaches and wild coastline. Outdoor enthusiasts are provided with unique comfortable overnight accomodation situated at spactacular locations. This is a slackpacked trail, which means that hikers walk carrying day packs only.

The trail offers the opportunity to explore the of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, where the fragrance of fynbos on the Potberg mountains and the unique limestone fynbos plains intermingle with the salty sea air of the marine protected area. Along the way, hikers can marvel at the abundance of indigenous plants while looking for members of the last remaining vulture colony in the Western Cape.

The Whale Trail is named after the more than a hundred Southern Right Whales that return to the waters of the De Hoop every year to calve and mate. Between June and December this coastline is transformed into one of the world’s most important nursery areas for southern right whales. Unique habitats and natural contrasts make the Whale Trail of special ecological interest and an exceptional hiking experience. The De Hoop nature reserve is 260km from Cape Town.

For more information and the full itinerary contact:

Gilly at Africansunroad – / 082 903 4569



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