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
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp 7200 South Africa
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Hajirasmiles
Pretoria, South Africa38 contributions
Solo
Did this hike with Frank Dwyer, absolutely fantastic hike and doing it with Frank was the best. He is very accommodating. Being Muslim Frank went the extra mile with preparing my meals. One of the most beautiful hikes that I have been on. Once again thanks to Frank Dwyer
Written 15 February 2022
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coetzer_family
Stellenbosch, South Africa78 contributions
we hiked the whale trail in december 2021, a group of good friends and family. this is one of the most beautiful pieces of coastline in our country. the huts are very neat and comfortable.
Written 30 January 2022
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Becky Daniel
Durban, South Africa18 contributions
Friends
An amazing Whale Trail week with AfricanSunroad! This hike was beyond my wildest expectations! The care and detail in every aspect from Africansunroad from first enquiring to saying our goodbyes were simply the best! We were taken on the most beautiful hike for 5 days with inland and coastal scenery that takes your breath away. Gillian and Ralph gently imparted their abundant knowledge of flaura and local history. We were blessed with so many Whale sittings we couldn't believe it! We were fed the most delicious meals throughout the hike and spoilt with wine every evening. It was a real privilege to do this hike and we highly recommend it!
Written 7 November 2021
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TimbavatiTrent
Durban, South Africa24 contributions
Couples
We had a fantastic hike with Gill and Ralph. They catered spectacularly and gave us insights into the birds and plants we encountered. We spent many happy hours absorbing views and finding pleasure in the natural detail that surrounded us. The accommodation was rustic but worked. It was such a pleasure to be catered for, let alone eat so well!
Written 31 October 2021
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Pieterse-Kruger
Worcester, South Africa6 contributions
Friends
We were on our trip as from the 9th - 14th Sept 2021.Gilly and Ralp were devoted excellent tour guides that made our experience a happy memorable event.They were always ready to share their knowledge of the sea , the whales,the history of the area,fynbos and even birds.
The food that was prepared was 5 star.
Gilly is not only a "feeder" but also a caring ,patient humble person.
We were 10 ladies.
Poor Ralp didn't know where to look at times but he is a real gentleman and took care of us ladies and we always felt safe.
Highly recommend.
I will do it again.
Thank you so much.
Written 7 October 2021
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nasihasurtee
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions
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 Africa73 contributions
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
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
41 contributions
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
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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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De Hoop Whale Trail is open:
  • Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00