De Hoop Whale Trail

De Hoop Whale Trail, Bredasdorp: Hours, Address, De Hoop Whale Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

De Hoop Whale Trail
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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nasihasurtee
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions
Best Trail ever
Dec 2020
Recently renovated, the Whale Trail is a dream slackpacking trail in De Hoop Nature Reserve, and a must-do for all nature lovers.
The Trail combines both mountain and coastal walking, The first 3 days hike is fairly strenuous, varying in intensity with some tricky hills; you will need endurance to complete 5 days. It has the most breathtaking scenery, panoramic views, amazing landscapes and rock formations. The fauna is exquisite. The inter-tidal pools on the wave-cut rock platforms and coral reefs are remarkable sights. The azure blue colour of the sea and unspoilt beaches simply spectacular.
We did not see whales but large schools of resident dolphins made up for that.
Each overnight cottage is mildly rustic and it's own unique character. Each with a well-appointed kitchen, clean bathrooms, hot water and electricity. It is by no means roughing it. Each room is dormitory-like with bunk beds. The setting of each overnight cottage just gets more scenic each day.
Well worth the money spend and 1 year waiting list.
Written 12 January 2021
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Mark v
Krugersdorp, South Africa72 contributions
One of the best trails on offer
Aug 2019
We have walked the trail as a family and I have also had the pleasure of running the trail on 6 occasions. This year the trail was very overgrown as it has been closed for renovations to the cottages and which open again in Sept 2020. Trail was still magnificent and we will definitely be back to experience the new accommodation
Written 5 August 2019
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Gina Schroeder
Johannesburg, South Africa46 contributions
Slackpackers Dream Trip
Dec 2018 • Couples
The Whale Trail is a wonderful slackpackers experience. You can carry the pack if you want.

It is not for the unfit - you need to be able to hike 16km in difficult terrain. My 17 year old is not fit enough.

The scenery is astounding. You are able to swim in the azure sea. Having recently been to Thailand (Hua Hin) and a regular KZN visitor - this is the best and most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Unspoilt and no litter.

Worth the 1 year waiting list
Written 24 December 2018
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Carmen W
35 contributions
Whale Of A Time
Dec 2018 • Friends
What a wonderful hike. The scenery was spectacular. Always something to see and there were so many different landscapes. Take time to enjoy the animals, birds and plant life. The accommodation in general was lovely. Always had electricity, hot showers, wood for fire and well stocked kitchens.

Some tips: take fire lighters to make lighting fires easier. Make full use of the slack packing option. Pack a lot of food and drinks because there is enough space and you will enjoy having it available.

A must do for everyone!
Written 12 December 2018
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Kevin G
81 contributions
Beauty on the Cape's south coast
Nov 2018
I sadly could not complete this hike due to a broken foot that had not properly healed after an incident a few months ago. But my wife went along and by her account it was an amazing experience. Incredible fynbos followed by beach hikes offering views of mountains and sea. And some dolphins and whales. It needs proper planning and appreciate that lack of refrigeration is sadly a problem on the last days in terms of being able to offer gourmet meals and chilled wine. This can be a problem if expectations are set high and not planned for properly.
Written 11 December 2018
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bhavanesh p
1 contribution
W-O-W
Nov 2018 • Friends
Booked this trail over a year ago and just completed it yesterday with a group of 12 friends and family (all around the 30yr age mark). It left me absolutely speechless & recharged for the mad rush of city life. We managed to spot a few southern rights as well as two killer whales !

Besides the varying landscapes and scenery, the trail gives you an opportunity to introspect and take it all in.

Some tips though:

1. If you aren't from CT, booking a shuttle there and back works wonders (we used EZ-shuttles) - much cheaper than a car hire
2. Your day packs should be light - water and snack
3. Do train in the weeks leading up - it makes it so much more enjoyable
4. Go with the right crew
5. Foods such as peanut butter, biscuits for tea, wraps, melrose cheeses - these worked for us
Written 20 November 2018
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OnAir17359609049
1 contribution
Great experience
Oct 2018 • Friends
We did the guided and catered trail with guides Ralph and Gill from AfricanSunRoad. It was great being able to get to your destination toward the end of each day and have Ralph and Gill prepare South African style food for us. Although this trail is possible without guides, we enjoyed being able to learn quite a bit of the environment from these two as well as having them part of our group in the different huts. The fact that they take care of everything regarding meals also enabled us to relax even more since we didn't need to plan much at all. I would highly recommend this to any nature lover.
Written 30 October 2018
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Kate T
Cape Town, South Africa2 contributions
Whale Trail guided by Africansunroad.
Oct 2018 • Friends
Hiking the Whale Trail was truly an amazing experience. Especially thanks so Gillian and Ralph from Africansunroad. The food was great and the company even better! I would highly recommend.
Written 24 October 2018
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Farm_girlTableView
Table View46 contributions
Mountains, fynbos, the ocean and whales!
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is a self-guided 5-day "slack pack" trail that certainly gives you a bit of everything.
Days 1 and 2 are in the mountains, which are covered in the most amazing fynbos. You'll get spectacular views of the Breede river and the surrounding valleys. Days 3, 4 and 5 are along the coast, where you'll be treated to whale (in season) and dolphin sightings.
If you're able to muster up a group of 12 friends / family, you'll have the accommodation to yourself. Don't expect luxury, but the facilities are more than adequate. The trail and accommodation is due for an upgrade next year, so hopefully the few niggles we had about the facilities will be dealt with.
Your food and clothing is transported from hut to hut, which is a real treat.
Wonderful experience; one needs a moderate degree of fitness for Days 1 and 2, but very enjoyable and well worth it.
Written 23 October 2018
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Minda K
Windhoek, Namibia2 contributions
Whale Trail in style, guided and catered with AfricanSunRoad
Oct 2018 • Family
Our long awaited Whale Trail already a week behind us and it is with absolute joy that I relive every moment of the trail. We were a group of 10, eight family members and two close friends, guided by our hosts Gilly and Ralph. This was, for me, close to a perfect holiday. The scenery, by times, took my breath away. The variety of fynbos, the flowers, the rocks, the cliffs, the sea and the white sand at times were absolutely stunning.The purity and undisturbed nature made this a special trail. Our hosts, with their passion for and knowledge of plants, animals, insects and nature overall, definitely contribute to the way we experienced every aspect. Their friendliness, patience and good spirit amazed me. We were treated on breakfast, teatime snacks, lunch, a delicious supper, tea and coffee and wine every day. For me ,to have nothing to do with the planning of meals for the trip and be surprised by delicious meals each day, was heavenly. Then there were the whales. Lots and lots of them on our hike along the coast. What an experience and definitely one of the highlights! At the end, when we had to bid our hosts farewell, it was sad to leave our hosts, who became like friends to us. This is a get away in the true sense of the word and I would recommend this trail with AfricanSunRoad to everyone who wants, a break away in nature and a treat to themselves, at the same time. Minda Kuschke
Written 21 October 2018
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