Oyster Catcher Trail
One of the first 'slackpacking' trails established in South Africa, the Oystercatcher Trail is a superb coastal walk, varying from cliff paths to beach and spectacular sand dunes. The hiking is generally easy going over moderate distances, although a good level of hiking fitness is recommended. Hikers return to the same accommodation each evening having covered a different section of the coast. There is an interesting variation in flora and landscape and evenings are spent socializing, enjoying the excellent evening meal and retiring to comfortable beds.
26km West of Mossel Bay
Self-drive / Shuttles can be arranged from George Airport.
Trip Duration / Options
Option 1: Guided day hike with picnic lunch
Option 2: 2 nights / 2 full days of hiking ending day 3 at 14h00
Option 3: 4 nights / 3 full days of hiking
Start / Finish
Start: Boggomsbaai – GPS: 34˚26'25.99 S / 21˚91'00.94 E
Finish: As above
Daily Time / Distances
Below is based on our standard package – (Shorter packages will depend on weather conditions and client requirements)
Day 1: Arrival day – no hiking
Day 2: Dana Bay – Boggomsbaai 14km (+-5 hours – including lunch stop)
Day 3: Boggomsbaai – Boggomsbaai Circular Route 18km (+-7 hours – including lunch stop)
Day 4: Fransmanshoek – Gourits River +- 10km depending on the route (+- 6 hours – including lunch stop)
Day 5: Departure day – no hiking
Moderate trail (6 out of 10) – some days are easier than others
Moderate fitness will be enough
Technical detail / Terrain
Dana Bay – Boggomsbaai is an easy beach hike with an uphill from the beach to the accommodation at the end of the trail.
Boggomsbaai – Boggomsbaai has some beach hiking as well as "boulder hoping" where the hikers will go over big rocks (there is an escape route half way on the boulder hoping section)
Fransmanshoek – Gourits River has some dune hiking as well as beach.
We make use of different local accommodation (depending on availability)
All accommodation includes comfortable beds with clean bedding and towels.
Hikers will mostly stay at the same accommodation for the duration of their trail.
Breakfast and dinners will be at the Sandpiper Leisure Centre (bar is available on site)
Food Supply / Catering
This trail is fully catered. All meals from dinner from the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure is included. Some days the hikers will receive a lunch box for the day and other days we set up a beach lunch along the route. Drinks for own account. Bar is available on site
(Self-catering option available on request)
Logistic support / Guiding
The hikers will only have daypacks. Their luggage will stay at their accommodation or get transported if they stay in different accommodation.
There is a nature conservation qualified guide hiking with the hikers and giving them an interactive experience with nature. Our guides also have first aid training.
Guide giving hikers an interactive experience with nature.
View from Fransmanshoek.
The Black African Oystercatcher (an endanger bird) breeding season is from September to March but are present on the trail all year.
Hikers can book a massage or sauna session at our spa. There is also a glass back squash court and tennis court available at the Sandpiper Leisure Centre. Spa treatments and court fees for own account. There is also an option of a guided tour to a well known archeological cave and dig sight by arrangement.
Fauna & Flora
Along the trail there is a big diversity of fynbos species. At the Gourits river mouth we have one of the few remaining patches of Gourits Coastal Dune Thicket vegetation which is in a pristine condition.
Dolphins can also be spotted trough out the year and whales from June – October.
There is lots of small animals like buck and tortoises and massive verity of birdlife along the Oystercatcher Trail.
The endangered Black African Oystercatcher bird can also be seen on the route.
The weather in our area is generally quite stable throughout the year therefore hiking is possible year-round. During hot summer days the hikers can take a swim. In our cooler winter months, it is great to sit around a cosy kaggel/fireplace in the evenings.
Seasonality & Best Time Year
All year round is a great time to hike.
Winter time (June – August) might be the best time since you can see whales during that time, and it is great to have a drink and a chat around a cosy fire in the evenings with dinner.
We prefer a minimum of 4 people. If you are less, we can add you to a group (depending on availability. If we add people together in a group, the maximum is 12 people. We can however accommodate bigger groups if it is like a big friend group.
Option 1: Guided day walk – R500 p.p.
Option 2: 2 nights / 2 days – R4500 p.p. sharing
Option 3: Standard package of 4 nights 5 days:
R7650 p.p. sharing – minimum 4 people
Rate is valid till end of December 2020
Rates for self-catered options available on request.
- 4 Night's accommodation
- 3 Days of guided hiking
- Fully cater
- Boat ride across the Gourits River
- Conservancy fees
- Transport between the different starting and finishing points of the trail (e.g. Between Dana Bay and Boggomsbaai)
- Spa treatments
- Shuttle services from George Airport
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (bar available on site)
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