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WALKING THE WILD COASTS OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Combine two of South Africa’s top hiking trails with a visit to the Tsitsikamma National Park and come away with an incredible experience of some very varied coastal walking.
  • Product Code 48120
  • Holiday Type Iconic Paths
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 16 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Along The Wild Coasts of South Africa

This holiday combines two of South Africa’s top hiking trails, the Wild Coast Meander and the Oyster Catcher Trail, with a visit to the Tsitsikamma National Park in between. This all provides an incredible insight into some of South Africa’s ancient history. We walk in areas that have revealed the earliest evidence of human existence, and showcase the beauty of pristine nature, with some of the finest views you are likely to encounter anywhere in the country. On these scenically spectacular walks you will discover varied coastal walking, exciting river crossings and resident wildlife.

We arrive in Cape Town, home of the phenomenal Table Mountain, where we stay for two nights and discover the city sights. Then we fly to East London on the Indian Ocean coast and travel by road to our first hiking trail, The Wild Coast Meander, a 35 mile, five day duration hike that runs along a remote and untouched coast line. The long empty beaches and river estuaries abound with marine life and provide an unsurpassed tranquillity.

Our next base is the Tsitsikamma National Park; we stay here two nights and explore the most beautiful indigenous forest. Located between the sea and mountains, it is a place flowing with water, full of lush vegetation, wildlife and spectacular waterfalls. No wonder they call it the Garden of the Garden Route!

Heading further west we arrive at Mossel Bay to start The Oyster Catcher Trail. Our expert guides here will tell us all about the edible and medicinal plants, take us to visit some Khoi San relics and show us how to identify tracks left in the sand. The earliest dated evidence of modern man has been discovered in one of the caves here. On our last day, we end on a high, as we head off for the thrilling wildlife experience of on an afternoon game drive in the Garden Route Game Park, and an opportunity to view the Big Five.

 


Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the remote, untouched beaches teeming with wildlife and history.
  • Hike two of the best and most famous hiking trails in South Africa.
  • Savour tasty seafood dinner while on the Wild Coast.
  • Take a Game Drive for the opportunity to see the Big Five.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Cape Town (British Airways)
      Internal flight Cape Town to East London (South African Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation
      All meals included except for six lunches and one dinner
      Local English speaking guides
      An afternoon Game drive
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    We fly London Heathrow to Cape Town on an overnight flight.

  2. Day 2

    On arriving at Cape Town Airport we will transfer to our hotel where we can leave our bags before heading out to explore the city sights. Later we will return to the hotel to check in and relax before dinner.

  3. Day 3

    We further explore Cape Town including a visit to Table Mountain, should the weather allow it. Otherwise there is plenty more to discover.

  4. Day 4

    Late morning we will depart for Cape Town Airport where we fly to East London Airport on the southeast coast of South Africa. On arrival we take a very scenic four hour transfer to our first hotel on the Wild Coast trail, at the Qora River Mouth.

  5. Day 5

    Today we begin our walk along the Wild Coast Meander Trail. This is the shortest walk on this section of the trail, we walk on a forest trail alongside the river (4 miles) to our next hotel. Our luggage will be transported to each of the hotels along the trail.

  6. Day 6

    After an early breakfast we will start the walk to our next hotel (12 miles). The route will take us along grassy banks next to the coast with natural springs and long sandy beaches fringed with dune forest.

  7. Day 7

    Today's walk (9 miles) takes us across the Qobonqaba River; we can either wade through or be ferried by canoe, one by one. We will enjoy our lunch at the shipwreck of the Jacaranda, whose wrecking is shrouded in controversy.

  8. Day 8

    Today we walk the final part of the trail (10.5 miles). We cross the Kei River on a pontoon and walk past the Kei Mouth village. We then climb up to the lighthouse before returning to the beach and onto our final destination on the Wild Coast Trail.

  9. Day 9

    We have a full day travelling today. We travel to Tsitsikamma National Park where we stay 2 nights. We spend our time here exploring this delightful area.

  10. Day 10

    There are a number of walks that we can enjoy from Tsitsikamma, but we will most likely walk a section of the Otter Trail to a spectacular waterfall, this is 4 miles, other shorter walks may be included in combination with this walk.

  11. Day 11

    We travel to Mossel Bay, at the start of the Oyster Catcher Trail. Before dinner a guide will meet us to discuss the programme and trail highlights.

  12. Day 12

    We walk from St Blaize to Dana Bay (8 miles) and hike along a well marked path high on a ridge above the thundering ocean and over rocks smoothed by the action of the sea. There is no scrambling involved but care is required. At Dana Bay our transport will be waiting to take us to our cottages where we will stay for the next four nights.

  13. Day 13

    Our bus will take us back to Dana Bay to continue on the trail (8 miles). It is all beach and sand dunes today. You may want to bring your swimming costumes as there will be an opportunity to swim in one of the natural pools. Look out for the Oystercatcher’s that make their open and vulnerable nests right on the beach. Our walk finishes by our cottages in Boggamsbaai.

  14. Day 14

    Today is the toughest hiking day on the trail; we spend half the day walking on the rocks and half the day walking on the sand (9 miles). There is also a bit of scrambling involved but it is all worth the effort. There is another opportunity to swim in a small private bay. Our bus will be waiting at Kanon Village to take us back to our cottages.

  15. Day 15

    We return to Kanon Village to continue the final part of the trail (3 miles). At the end of our trail we will be taken to the Garden Route Game Lodge for lunch and go on a game drive for a chance to see the Big five.

  16. Day 16

    After a hearty farewell breakfast we head for Cape Town Airport for our return flight back to the UK. Travel time is around 7 hours.

  17. Day 17

    Arrival London Heathrow.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Cape Town (British Airways)
  • Internal flight Cape Town to East London (South African Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 20 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Cape Town Hollow Hotel

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel is situated in the beautiful City of Cape Town nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain.  The Hotel offers stylish, serene accommodation with spectacular views over the Dutch East India Company Gardens, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.  There are 56 en-suite, air-conditioned rooms with open-air balconies offering mountain or city views. The hotel facilities include an outdoor plunge pool, an à la carte restaurant, where we would usually eat on the first evening, a sidewalk café and a bar, perfect for those evening sundowners.

 

 

 


Sandpiper-Cottages

 Sandpiper Cottages nestles within the Fransmanshoek Conservancy area, in the peaceful village of Boggomsbaai. This is our accommodation whilst on the Oyster Catcher Trail, and is in authentic cape Cottages. All of the cottages are within walking distance of each other and the Sandpiper centre where both breakfast and dinner will be served. The cottages have an open-plan living and kitchen area with huge indoor fireplace , and a TV.

 

 

 



Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa

Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa is a truly splendid lodge set against the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountain range and is sheltered by the forest fringe. The lodge draws its architectural style from the surroundings which mimic the forest setting, in the same colors as the earth and rock around it. Blending in with the surroundings and built entirely of wood. When we are not out walking, there are a wide range of recreational amenities offered at the lodge, including swimming pool, lounge/games room, bird watching, mountain stream swimming or take an invigorating walk on one of the many trails.



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