THE WHALE TRAIL, A SLACK PACKING - 6 days
The De Hoop reserve is a classic example of natures ability to weave diverse elements & unlikely habitats into a rich tapestry of unrivalled splendor. This unspoiled wilderness area was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its magnificent natural beauty & concentration of rare endemic fynbos. Join GoVertical for a 5 day exploration of the diverse Cape Floral Kingdom & coastal marine reserve.
Initially the hike winds through rare fynbos, over lime stone hills & rugged sandstone where the highest point in the trail, Potberg hill 611m allows you uninterrupted views of the Langeberg mountains, coastal plains & turquoise ocean. The fynbos & protea are plentiful, if you're lucky, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok or the endangered Cape Vultures may be seen.
The next 3 days are a varied exploration of the wind sculpted coastal cliffs, white sandy beaches and intertidal pools bristling with sea creatures. If you're joining us from June to December it's very likely that you'll be able to spot the Southern Right Whales nursing their young in the clear bay in easy view of the shore. There's plenty of time to spend swimming, snorkeling, exploring caves, studying the rock pools and enjoying the sun while on the hike.
Cape style cottages, beds, mattresses, hot showers and your GoVertical guides will prepare all meals for you while you sit back and enjoy the views from the well appointed cottages.
The trail is beautiful year round. Whale watching from June to December. Fynbos flowers are best from July-September. A popular trail, usually booked a year in advance.