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The Whale Trail, Hiking in De Hoop Nature Reserve

Whale Trail De Hoop Nature ReserveIf there is any place to enjoy a spectacular hike, De Hoop Nature Reserve is it. The Whale Trail of 54 km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen has 5 overnight stops. It offers stunning views from the Potberg Mountains and beautiful beaches, tidal pools and dunes along the coast.

De Hoop is is regarded as one of the best whale watch­ing spots in the country and from August to December there is and excellent chance of spotting whales. As De Hoop is a protected area for the Cape floral kingdom, you will take in a vast array of indi­gen­ous plants and flowers too. All bases are covered for an amazing hike which has become very popular, so booking is essential.

Vehicles are left at Potberg and a shuttle service is provided to take the hikers from the end of the trail back to their cars at Potberg. The trail has been accredited by Southern Africa Trail Owners Association.

Overnight accommodation is not rough­ing it by any stretch of the ima­gin­a­tion – you get to stay in a range of cot­tages, although you will need your own bed­ding. That said, you don’t have to carry all your own lug­gage, as what you don’t need in a daypack is taken for you to the next lodging.

Rough prices are R1200 per person during January to July and R1550 per person during August to December. The prices include the trail and accommodation. Food and bedding must be provided by the trailists.

See Map of the Whale Trail

Read the article on the Whale Trail in Getaway Magazine


Reservations for the Whale Trail can be made through Central Reservations: Telephone 0861 227 362 or 021 483 0190: e-mail

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