Perlemoen Trail

The Perlemoen Trail could as easily have been called the Abalone Trail, as this is the South African name for this highly sort after shellfish that thrives on the cold waters of the East Coast. It is entirely a coastal walk lasting four days, across a 50 km stretch of spectacular coastline. Starting at Die Dam, close to Quoin Point Nature Reserve and finishing at Gansbaai, after passing through part of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. with shorter options available on request. Guided by highly knowledgeable and experience marine guide, Jason Stonehewer, you are likely to experience the rock pools and coastal environment through a new pair of eyes. At the end of each day you are transported back to comfortable guest house accommodation for top class cuisine and a rejuvenating nights rest.

Trail Details

Trail location

South Cape Coast – also known as the Cape Whale Coast

Nearest town


Transport options

Local transport options: Ideal own transportation self-drive. Airport transport shuttle service available with advanced notice.

Trip Duration / Options

Option 1: Full four day trail

Option 2: Three day trail

Option 3: Two day trail

Start / Finish

Start: Arrive the afternoon before the trail starts at Lucky Fish private guest house in Pearly Beach
GPS: 34˚66’59.72 S / 19˚50’75.96 E

Finish: After lunch on last day of the trail at about 13h30 at De Kelders, overlooking Walker Bay.
GPS: 34˚55’43.11 S / 19˚36’57.40 E

Each day starts at 08h30 and ends between 14h30 and 15h30.

Daily Time / Distances

Day 1: 14 km; Day 2: 16 km; Day 3: 14km; Day 4: 4 to 6 km

Day 1: 5 to 6 hrs; Day 2: 5 to 6 hrs: Day 3: 5 to 6 hrs; Day 4: 3 hrs

Time includes lunch and stops to observe aspects of nature, swimming etc.

Trail Grading

Based on a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous. The Perlemoen Trail can be regarded as moderate to easy. Much of the trail is along the beach or shoreline.

Physical Fitness

Medium fitness required.

Technical detail / Terrain

No steep hills, easy going coastal trail. Sandy beaches, rocky shoreline, coastal fynbos.


Very comfortable private guest house – Lucky Fish – 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Linen and towells provided. Fully equipped for self-catered large communal areas with sea views. Well located 2 min walk to beach and 10 min walking distance to local restaurant and shop

Food Supply / Catering

Fully catered option. Full breakfast with varying daily selections, Healthy lunch pack, including daily wrap, selection of crunchies and health snack. Dinner served 2 nights at guest the house and 2 nights at our local eating places. Coffee teas available but no soft drinks or alcohol included.

Self-Catered Option The house is exceptionally equipped with everything you may need, there are 2 braai places. Shopping should be done in Gansbaai or on the way to the trail. A Shop in Pearly Beach is fine for top up supplies( Ice,milk.Sugar) Closest bottle store Gansbaai

Logistic support / Guiding

Each Day we are transported and collected from that days trail section. Guides are highly qualified F.G.A.S.A. guides with specialist subjects. Birding, botany, marine ecology, medicinal and edible plants.


Wild coastline, Whales in season, Cape fur seal colony, Khoi-san shell middens, shipwreck, interpreted nature experience. Dark nights with stargazing.

Other Activities

Some swimming in places, beach Horse riding, penguin sanctuary, boat based shark diving/ whale watching

Fauna & Flora

Coastal fynbos. Possible whale and dolphin sighting, rock pools with sea life.


Mild Mediterranean, can be windy (but we always walk with the wind) prepare 4 seasons in 1 day

Seasonality & Best Time Year

September to June

Group Size

Minimum 6 persons – maximum 16 persons (recommended group size 6 to 12)
Mixed groups minimum size 6 maximum size 8 to 10
Group dynamics are vital and groups are screened for compatibility, i.e. not mixing young children with couples.

Price P/P

Price structure on a sliding scale.
The more hikers in your group booking the better price I can offer you.
Catered from R 5900 to R 7600 (4 days 4 nights)
Self-catered R 4000 to R 5000  (4 days 4 nights)

Price reviewed annually each hiking season


Price Includes

  • All accommodation and trail fees
  • Hiking guide and support team
  • All Meals (catered option): Dinner, Breakfast & Packed lunch on hike days
  • Booking and logistical arrangements
  • Luggage Transfers & Vehicle Support

Optional Extras: Transport arrangements to the start and return Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (order in advance or no charge to bring your own)

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