Hermanus
Destination
4 Days
Duration
6/10
Physicality

4 Day/50km Perlemoen hike in Hermanus

A fully catered, all inclusive guided hike that is suitable for hikers with a medium level of fitness

Slow down, unwind and explore the remote beaches, coastal dunes and indigenous fauna and flora known as the Perlemoen hike in Hermanus. Perlemoen is the South African word for abalone

The eco certified Perlemoen Hike

The Perlemoen hike is an eco certified, fully inclusive walking tour  situated close to Hermanus in South Africa (a 1.5 hour drive from Cape Town).Over four days and three nights, you will cover some truly spectacular regions that include the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, Buffelsjagsbaai, Franskraal and of course, Hermanus.  Spend your days taking in stunning coastal vistas and the beauty of the Overbergs flora and fauna. By night, dine on traditional South African cuisine before resting your head at the various lodges along the route.

A fully guided and inclusive hiking experience

A guided hike in the Overberg area where you can truly switch off from the world. You will discover stunning coastal vistas, shipwrecks and indigenous fauna and flora which includes the infamous fynbos. Return each evening to your accommodation where steaming hot showers, great meals, local wines  and comfortable beds await. You and your hiking companions, will feel like the only souls on earth.

With only one hike held at a time, a knowledgeable guide will be focused purely on making your trip as enjoyable as possible.

What you need to carry on the Perlemoen hike?

You’ve seen the malnourished, heavily laden backpacks  and broken hikers in the Drakensberg  and you want nothing of it. Thankfully, the only thing you need to burden yourself with is a day pack. This would include your water, hat, sunscreen and rain gear.

 

 

Day 1 of the Perlemoen Hike

Starting Point: Quoin Point reserve

End Point: Buffeljagsbaai

Distance: 15km

Duration: 5 hours

Terrain: Sand dunes and beach

Our guide will meet you at your hotel in Hermanus at 7am. We then take a slow 1hour drive through to the start of the hike.The first part of the hike will takes us over the fynbos dunes to the ocean.We will explore the Cape Fur Seal colony and the old lighthouse. at Quoin Point.  We then start hiking on the beach. Some of the views to be on the lookout for include the wind carved sandstone cliffs and a shipwreck that hit aground in 1947.This a a great place to have a swim if the weather is good.

We overnight in a guesthouse in the fishing village known as Bufflesjagsbaai

Day 2 of the Perlemoen Hike

Starting Buffeljagsbaai

End Point: Pearly Beach

Distance: 16km

Duration: 5 hours

Terrain: Sand dunes and beach

Wake up at 7am. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and then start the hike 9am.The first way point is Plaatjieskraalbaai and spend sometime exploring an old holiday resort buried sand due to the drifting dunes. The hike continues along the coast as we meander around a multitude of bays. In low tide, there is an opportunity to explore the Otari Maru shipwreck. The last part of the hike is along a beautiful beach where you can get a great view of dolphins and whales. We overnight in a guest house in Pearly Beach.

Day 3 of the Perlemoen Hike

Starting Pearly Beach

End Point: Franskraal

Distance: 14km

Duration: 5 hours

Terrain: Sand dunes and beach

Wake up at 7am and enjoy breakfast. Ready to start hiking by 9am. This part of the hike is also spectacular.  Theover pebble shore with the majestic beach dunes serve as a backdrop to this scenic part of the hike. There is another shipwreck to explore called the Un Hung. We cross the Uilenkraal river which can get to waist deep at times. The hike ends at Franskraal where we overnight

Day 4 of the Perlemoen Hike

Starting Franskraal

End Point: De Kelders

Distance: 6km

Duration: 3 hours

Terrain: Sand dunes and beach

A shorter day today.We wake up at 8am, have breakfast and set off at 9:30am. We walk the coastal trail to DeKelders.We spend time swimming and exploring the incredible limestone cave formations. This is also a great spot for whale viewing.We finds the hike after lunch at ascot known as Die Plaat. We then meteor driver and take the 45 minute drive back to Hermanus

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