Coastal Add On

The Fynbos trail offers the opportunity for hikers to add an extra overnight and day on the trail to experience the magnificent Walker Bay coastline. After settling in to a guesthouse in De kelders in the early afternoon enjoy a 5km walk along the Klipgat trail overlooking the sea ending with a fascinating guided tour of the Drup Kelder Cave. The following morning after a hearty breakfast you will be joined by your experienced guide to start the 10km morning walk along the Walker Bay coastline. Between June and November each year the rocky cliffs at De Kelders are amongst the very best places in the World to view magnificent Southern Right Whales from the shore. Southern rights visit Walker Bay in this time to mate and calve. The high coastal cliffs provide a dramatic viewing site, the water below is deep and the whales are often so close you feel as if you could reach out and touch them. The scenery is also spectacular with waves crashing into the deep gullies between jagged sandstone rocks and magnificent vistas across Walker Bay to Hermanus and the distant Cape of Good Hope.

The sweeping sands of Die Plaat, the long beach between DeKelders and Hermanus stretch out ahead of you as you descend the last section of cliff past the deep Duiwelsgat, a cave that is accessible from its base at low tide. You then head down into the fascinating archaeological treasure trove that is the Klipgat Cave, a home for early people for at least the last 80 000 years. After a short section of beach walking along a stretch of pristine white beach the trail heads inland through a magnificent dune field to a pick up point from where hikers are transferred to the Growing the Future sustainable agriculture project on Grootbos Nature Reserve. Here you will enjoy a fresh, wholesome lunch before starting of the core Fynbos Trail.

Distance: 8km


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