Other Links

Please note

We do not do any book­ings, the con­tact num­ber is in the table, next to Tel no, on the page that you are refer­ring to

Day four of the Whale Trail

A Walk in The Park is not quite the first phrase that comes to mind when think­ing of The Whale Trail. Maybe we had these pre-​conceived ideas of it being an “easy” hike and let’s face it

– there are no “easy” hikes. When scolded the phrase “Go Take a Hike” really means – “Go Suf­fer!” Okay, com­pared to The Fish River Canyon, Otter Trail or Argang­ieskop – yes, this was eas­ier. How­ever, this is cer­tainly one of the most pretty hikes and the accom­mo­da­tion is beau­ti­ful! How priv­i­leged we are to be able to hike.

Day one is a steady (not too steep) climb up Pot­berg to a long plateau walk along the beau­ti­ful moun­tain tops. Breath­tak­ing views of the Breed­eriver Val­ley on the north­ern side and the beaches on the south­ern side, far in the dis­tance. Beware – the last 2km before the hut is a rather nasty lit­tle incline that seems never to end. We for­got to have a look at the topo­graphic map – the obe show­ing the ups and downs – very impor­tant. Its okay to let out a few lit­tle “krag-​woordjies” to your­self (we never swear on a hike – for sure) if it helps you get there! We are happy to reach the hut with a hot shower and inside braai our reward.

huts

Day two we con­tinue in the (cold) moun­tains for the morn­ing and then descend towards the (warmer) coast­line. The Voltaren, Panamor and other med­ica­tion is taken out for those with knee prob­lems /​old age and off we go. We end at Noet­sie (not the Knysna Noet­sie) with var­i­ous old and new huts. Our group is small and we all just about have our own pri­vate quar­ters! There is an invit­ing out­side braai but the wind is cold and we opt to make pasta inside tonight.

mixed

Day three is the day to see many amaz­ing caves and rock pools. We walk mostly along the plateau of the coast line. We just fin­ished a cof­fee break when a heavy cloud burst caught us! We are now walk­ing on ledge-​like rocky ter­rain in the pour­ing rain. Then we hear it – a loud (ter­ri­fy­ing) scream. Fanus does not think twice – he dumps his ruck­sack and runs back up the moun­tain path…the rest of us fol­low, scared of what we might find. Krap­pie has a seri­ous foot/​leg injury (we later find out she had bro­ken her leg!). The guys take action in calm­ing her, one took the ruck­sack and the other acted as her crutch to get her down the rocky ledges and to the hut – thank­fully not much more than 2km. Thank good­ness also for Ulger’s strong back pain med­ica­tion! The next day the injured and another hiker/​driver are evac­u­ated. We are sad to not have them with us but are deter­mined to fin­ish the hike.

prints_lunch

Day four is the “Beach Walk” day. Now this is almost like some­one telling you to “Go Take a Hike” – very eina on the legs. The sand is soft all over and all that helps to some extent is to fol­low in someone’s foot­steps (lit­er­ally). How­ever, the rewards are great with amaz­ing pat­terns being formed on the sand, shad­ows and rock for­ma­tions, pools of crys­tal clear water, caves…it is sim­ply beau­ti­ful! The last sec­tion is once again deceiv­ing as there are a num­ber of water tow­ers of older houses and ruins and we kept on think­ing “now we are there”…only to have to con­tinue the walk! The last night’s hut is really pretty, sit­u­ated on a rock with huge crash­ing waves all around, one feels very close to nature.

mixed_2

Day five…we feel sad to be com­plet­ing the hike. Walk­ing in low tide allows one to see many more awe­some sights along the coast. The tidal pools seem sur­real. Next time we will leave the hut ear­lier to explore thor­oughly. We reach the end and have the bus take us back to the start, already mak­ing plans for our next hik­ing expe­di­tion. (We found it a slight bit dis­con­cert­ing that the dri­ver wore spec­ta­cles over her sun­glasses). Oth­er­wise, what a pleas­ant experience!

vaalkrans_fanus_ulger

COM­MENTS FORM OUR HIKERS:

What will you not walk without?

Shalom: My brain (this is such a typ­i­cal hiker answer!)

Ulger: Baby pow­der, whiskey and Mypaid (pain pills)

Krap­pie: Knee & ankle guards and walk­ing stick!

Fanus: Walk­ing stick

Helga: Enrista (or sim­i­lar coffee/​sugar/​creamer) sachets are highly rec­om­mended if you have a coffee-​pot hus­band like mine!
I never hike with­out my down sleep­ing bag.
Remem­ber the sun block – even in winter.

Just a laugh…

My favourite com­ment after being poured some expen­sive Jeripico by Ulger on the sec­ond night… Shalom asked “What is Jeripico?”
She took a sip and then answered her own ques­tion with…
“Oh, it’s OBS!” Old Brown Sherry – a cheap, yet very effec­tive kind of sherry.

Hehehehe…Pack your boots and “go take a hike”!


Free Joomla Extensions

Whale Trail, Bredasdorp
Con­tact Details
Tel no (021) 483 0190 G.P.S.
Cell no Email
Fax Web­site Click here
Hike Details
Near­est Town Swellen­dam Max Per­sons 12
Dis­tance from Town Overnight Shel­ter Yes,
Map to start of hike Brochure
No of days 5 Trail Type Lin­ear, a van will pick you up at the end and bring you back to your vechiles
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many hikes, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

Writ­ten on 25/​11/​2013, 18:26 by Heleen
hiking-at-mooiplaasOns het ‘n insigewende stap­tog deur Mooiplaas (Bot­te­lary pad) se wingerde en renos­ter­veld aangepak saam met eienaar…
Writ­ten on 11/​11/​2013, 18:10 by admin
hoerikwaggo-hiking-trail-day-5-and-4We have done this hike before, and we were much more pre­pared this time around. For a start, “Krap­pie” and company,…
Writ­ten on 16/​09/​2013, 16:59 by admin
hoedjieskop-saldanhaI would not go as far as say­ing this is a hike , but I would rather call it a very short walk to a view­ing deck, above Sal­danha with some…
© 2014 by Campin­gand­hik­ing in Cape Town, West­ern Cape, South Africa