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).
The 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!
This 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.
Many 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.
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.
After 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.
Please 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 ...
- Use trail at own risk
- Obey all traffic regulations
- Yield for pedestrians and horses
- Do not walk alone
- Route is for your enjoyment and that of others
- Great White Shark permit holders ONLY
- Limited to no cell phone signal
- Stay on the route
- No litter / No Fires / No smoking / No shouting
- No Quads / Motorcycles / Vehicles on trail
- Farm vehicles and workers have right of way
- Hikers and horses have right of way
- Close all gates
- Our budget camping package - carrying your own tents and supplies, looking after yourself
- Our luxury camping package - our carriers and guides carrying your tents and supplies, pitching your tents and helping with the cooking of your food.
- Our ultra luxury camping package - our driver and guides will transport everything, pitch the tents provided by us and cook the food provided by us while you walk with a daypack only.
- Our budget self-catering package - you stay in self-catering units along the way, carrying your own supplies, looking after your self
- Our luxury self-catering package - you stay in self-catering units and our transporter/guides carry your supplies, cooking your food
- You carry your backpacks and sleep over in guesthouses with all meals provided except for 2 Sanpark holiday resorts (if you walk all the way to Agulhas) where you will sleep over in a holiday unit but your meals will be provided. Guides/transporters can be arranged at extra cost.
- It is preferable that groups consist of 5 or more people
- Although this is a trail with maps and directions only, one of our guides can accompany you, if you so prefer, at an extra rate
- If you agree and if there are more bookings on your preferred date, we can merge your group with others but unfortunately we cannot reduce the rate as you pay per person per booking.
- Please note that December and April prices might differ as accommodation prices are higher. If bookings for December and April holidays and Easter Weekend are done within 2 months of the trip, the sliding scale will not apply due to accommodation prices ie 10 people booking in November and December will pay the same as 1 or 2 people.
- These prices vary and a quotation and more detailed information will be given upon request