The West Coast is a region of long white beaches, stretched of sandy coastal vegetation, rocky shorelines and high cliff faces. There are remote, picturesque fishing villages, ancient rock caves and wetlands that team with birdlife. In spring the walk is alive with wild flowers and although the water is cold, there are swimming opportunities along the way. In its full version it is a 5 day / 5 niight trail, with section options available for private groups. Much of the trail is along the beach with path deviating into the vegetation and onto jeep tracks from time to time. There is a visit to an historical rock art site near Elands Bay, a stop at the unusual gannet colony at Lamberts Bay and a abalone processing factory at Doringbaai. Most evenings includea a sampling of local wines and certainly tasting of local seafood and cuisine.
West Coast from Rocherpan to Papendorp, including the villages of – Elands Bay- Steenbokfontein- Lamberts Bay – Doringbay – Strandfontein.
Saldahna Bay and Vredenburg are the nearest large towns, with the village of Veldrif closest to the start.
Away from transport hubs, self-drive to start at Rocherpan, where cars are parked or shuttle arrangements.
Trip Duration / Options
Option 1: (Standard) 3 Day and 2 nights fully catered and guided (option for Southern or Northern Trail)
Option 2: (Full trail) 6 Day and 5 nights fully catered and guided
Option 3: Tailor-made (Private trail – optional for guests for 3 and 4 nights)
Start / Finish
Start: Rocherpan GPS 32˚61'48.01 S / 18˚30'21.18 E or meet at Elandsbaai GPS 32˚31'24.66 S / 18˚33'94.50 E
Finish: Papendorp – GPS: 31˚69'62.53 S / 18˚21'13.58 E
(hikers will be transported back to their vehicles in Rocherpan or Elandbaai)
Final arrangements should be confirmed depending on option selected.
Daily Time / Distances
Day 1: arrival
Day 2: 17 km or 8 km depending on route
Day 3: 18 km
Day 4: 9 km
Day 5: 9 km or 16 km.
On a scale of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous
This trail is moderate with beach walking.
A moderate level of hiking fitness is required but most active hikers will manage.
Technical detail / Terrain
Beaches and paths with soft sand in places. Some firm jeep tracks and cliff paths that are firm but uneven. Short stretches of rocky coastline. No technical requirements or exposure.
Accommodation variable from Nature Reserve chalet to Guest Farm and beach cottage. May change from time to time depending on availability. All comfortable, rustic, hot showers.
Food Supply / Catering
The trail is fully catered: breakfast, lunch packs / and dinner. Local cuisine
Alcohol/ cold beverages are for own account.
Logistic support / Guiding
All overnight luggage is transported- day packs only. Guided by a fully trained guide. Hiker transport provided where required.
Rock art at Baboon Point; Gannet colony at Bird Island, Lamberts Bay. Flowers in spring. Tasting of local wines and cuisine.
Swimming, snorkling, paddling. Visit to abalone factory. Wine tasting and local craft beer.
Fauna & Flora
Coastal sand strandveld, closely related to fynbos; Verlorenvlei, near Vensterklip (Elandsbaai) is a RAMSAR site with prolific bird species.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with warm and dry summers. Moist winters and low summer rainfall.
Seasonality & Best Time Year
All year around but August to October best for the flower season and November to January for Crayfish season.
Minimum 4 and maximum 14 guests per trip
From R3600 for 3 Day and 2 nights, and R8500 for 6 Day 5 nights. Includes all meals, guide, transport, daily activities, park entry. Group size depending – final cost quoted on an individual basis.
Local guide, accommodation,catering and transport of luggage. Various activities, such as wine tasting and Bird Island visit. This may vary slightly according to tour itinerary.
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