Great White Shark Trails (Western Cape)

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Three to six days hiking trail with various packages to choose from.

Tip of Africa Backpacking Trail Great White Shark Slackpacking Hiking Gansbaai

The Tip of Africa backpacking trail, centred around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Hermanus / Gansbaai, to the ruggedly beautiful coastal plain of the southernmost tip of Africa in Agulhas, consists of three to six days’ hiking (with catered as well as self-catering options).

Cape AgulhasThe trail provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching on the Gansbaai and Hermanus  side to the incredible natural offering, cultural heritage and fascinating history of the Agulhas, Struisbaai and Bredasdorp areas which includes a number of 15th, 16th and 17th century shipwrecks!

Agulhas National ParkThis is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves and the large extent of lowland and limestone fynbos and renosterveld of the Agulhas National Park with its indigenous plants and the rich marine and intertidal life with breeding stiles of rare coastal birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher.

Agulhas National ParkMany national monuments are also found in this area, such as the Gansbaai and the Cape Agulhas Lighthouses, and significant archaeological sites along the coast with discoveries of stone hearths and pottery, which, together with shell middens, dates back to the era of the Khoisan migration and settlements.

A ypical program may look like this:

On Day 1 follow the beach from Gansbaai to Pearly Beach (20 km) where you can pitch your tent or sleep in one of the guesthouses.

Agulhas National Park On Day 2 the trail hugs the coastline to De Damme (30 kms).

Day 3 is the start of your walk on virgin beaches as many of this coastline has never been explored. At the halfway mark ( 30 km) you will be able to rest, cook some food and have a good night’s sleep before starting on the last lap to Agulhas on Day 4.

Tip of Africa Backpacking TrailAfter having a well deserved rest in Agulhas, you can take the boardwalk on Day 5 and, at long last, walk to the spot which marks the merging of the cold Atlantic and the warm Indian ocean - THE SOUTHERNMOST TIP OF AFRICA!

Explore the area or do the Ghost trail or Rasperpunt trail before getting picked up by the Sharktrails transport to take you back to your vehicles.

Agulhas National ParkPlease note: this trail can also be extended by another day if you would rather start in Hermanus by doing the famous Walker trail to Gansbaai.

Additional  days can be added with exciting activities, organised by Sharktrails, like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals around Dyer Island or an Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milk wood forest as well as a quad bike or horse rides. Other options are cage diving, wine route, an abalone farm visit and many more ... 

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Tip of Africa Backpacking Trail

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Shipwreck on the Tip of Africa Backpacking Trail Camping Self-catering Catered General