Wild Wellness, Western Cape
Adventure and bucket-list experiences await.
Walk on the beach, go out to sea with marine experts, relax in beautiful accommodation and enjoy great food, art galleries, cliff paths – all tailored to create a Marine extravaganza while you Walk-A-Bay in Walker Bay! There is incredible marine life along the Cape Whale Coast, all year round.
Bryde whales, super groups of dolphins, great white sharks, oviparous sharks, Cape fur seals, jackass penguins and even orcas grace these beautiful waters, and the well-known Southern right whales visit between June and November each year, making this one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Accommodation: Shared accommodation is included. You can upgrade to: Private, Luxury or Prestige.
Minimum booking number: Are you a solo traveller? No problem! We have hosted many tours with solo travellers, and you are welcome to book for one.
Group size: A minimum group size of 6 and a maximum of 12. Larger groups welcome upon request.
What if the minimum is not reached? We will transfer your booking to a date suitable to you, or refund you.
Travelling from out of town? No problem. We help with airport transfers and additional transport or accommodation.
Our adventure takes you between two harbours that are the end points of Walker Bay, a protected marine sanctuary and Hope Spot. There is an exciting variety of activities we include in Hermanus, De Kelders and Gansbaai. Hermanus has recently been ranked #18 as one of the most loved destinations around the world!
You will learn about the Marine Big 5, go out to sea, explore historic caves, walk the famous paths, a pristine beach, explore the seaside village shops, restaurants and art galleries – all while breathing in the champagne air!
Please note: The order of the days below may change, according to weather and sea conditions.
Day 1: Day of Arrival (4 km)
Arrive in Hermanus around 13h00 at your accommodation overlooking Walker Bay. Let us know if you need an airport transfer or a lift. A fun afternoon exploring Hermanus, a visit to the whale museum, the shark conservancy and an orientation walk around this charming seaside village, followed by a walk along the famous cliff path stopping for sundowners and a welcome dinner.
Day 2: (12 km)
After breakfast we transport you to the start of your beach walk. A picnic lunch at Sopiesklip, a place where the local fishermen hid their ‘Sopie’ between expeditions. The beach is pristine, remote and has the most incredible rock formations. Our team will meet you at the end and take you to your next accommodation for sundowners and dinner.
Day 3: (4 km)
Today is a sea day and includes a boat trip with a marine biologist, learning about, and possibly seeing the Marine Big 5! You will then visit a penguin sanctuary and a world famous light house. Back home to relax, sundowners and dinner.
Day 4: (11 km)
After breakfast, head along an incredible coastal path along the eastern side of Walker Bay, overlooking the azure ocean. On a clear day you can also see Cape Hangklip in the distance – which is the starting point of our full Camino and ending point of our Kogelberg Nature Trail. This path is the best land-based whale watching in South Africa. Lunch, followed by a walk down to the world famous Klipgat Cave. This is an incredible archaeological site with spectacular limestone rock formations around the entrance, and breathtaking views over Walker Bay. In 1960, it was discovered that Middle Stone age man had been there 70 000- 80 000 years ago, and many of the tools are now on display in the Cape Town Museum.
Day 5: Departure Day (4 km)
Breakfast and check out by 09h00. Back to Hermanus for a short walk in the mountains . The tour will end around 13h00 . You may want to go for lunch in Hermanus, visit a spa, wine farm or partake in an activity. We can help you book these, and transport you there and back.
Please let us know if you need help with an airport transfer, or additional accommodation in Hermanus.
What is included?
- 5 days / 4 nights.
- All permits, park fees, entrance fees and conservation fees.
- Go out to sea with marine experts where you are maybe fortunate see the Marine Big Five. An educational life-changing experience.
- Visits to the Whale Museum, the Shark Conservancy and the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary.
- Shared accommodation in two locations for the duration of your stay. (see below for upgrades
- Cartage of your luggage between houses giving the ‘slack packing experience’, so that you only have to hike with a light day pack.
- Delicious, fresh and nutritious catering including meals listed above and a fabulous welcome celebration.
- All dietary requirements are catered for (meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans) as well as special dietary requirements (gluten free, dairy free, allergies etc).
- Ceylon and herbal teas, plunger and instant coffee.
- Diemersfontein wines, non-alcoholic wines, standard and non-alcoholic beers and ciders, waters and cool drinks.
- First aid kits in the house and a mini kit for the hike.
- A comprehensive packing list and packing guidelines emailed through to you 4 weeks before the hike.
- Safe parking for your car.
What is excluded?
- Any items of a personal nature.
- Any transport, food or beverage not listed above.
- Dinner on night one, and lunch on the day that you are on the cliff path.
- Emergency evacuations and related costs.
- Transport between Cape Town International airport and Hermanus.
- Additional accommodation before or after the walk in Hermanus or Cape Town.
- Gear rentals: Daypacks (R200) Trekking poles (R200 per set).
- Guides: An experienced field guide with knowledge of the trail, flora and fauna and the best spots for a rest. (R1 200 per day for the group to share)
- Sweeper for the back of the group, to keep the group together and walk with the slower walkers. (R 600 per day for the group to share)
Our chef of choice is Megan of Nutmeg’s Kitchen for the following reasons:
- She is a qualified Silwood chef and therefore has a deep understanding of all dietary requirements and food allergies.
- She has spent years working with ethical local farmers, and sources the best local, in season ingredients.
- Her meals are therefore nutritious and delicious.
- By the age of 23, she had hiked the Whale Trail twice, the Otter Trail once and also the Transkei and the Drakensberg, and so her planning is based on experience.
- Our clients love her food!
You have to be able to be on your feet for at least 6 hours a day and walking fit.
Quite simply, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your time.
Activities in the area
If you would like to fit any additional activities in while you are in the Cape Whale Coast, let us know and we will help arrange it for you.
- Boat based whale watching
- Sundowner cruises
- Sea kayaking
- A visit to an abalone farm
- Fat bike riding on a beach
- Horse riding on a wine farm or on a beach
- Shark cage diving
- Quad biking
- Kite surfing rentals or lessons
- Zip lining
- Wine tours and tastings
- Scuba diving
- Yoga or pilates classes
- Spa treatments
- R9 900.00 pp
The accommodation included in the price is either in chalets or self-catering houses. This means that you will share common spaces, rooms and bathrooms.
Add R 1 600.00 for a PRIVATE ROOM with en-suite bathroom, making the total cost of the hike: R11 500.00 per person sharing.
Add R10 000.00 for a LUXURY SUITE and making the total cost of the hike:
R19 900.00 per person sharing.
Add 20% for single supplements on all packages.
Early bird special
R1000.00 per person discount if you hike in 2023.
- A 30% deposit secures your place and is payable within one week of making your booking. The balance is payable in full, one month prior to your start date.
- For bookings made within the month before your start date, the full amount will be due upon booking.
- R55.00 once off per reservation