Trail Of The Oystercatcher Eco Walking Trail is a 5 day / 4 night package tour by Oystercatcher Trail

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Package Tour - Trail Of The Oystercatcher Eco Walking Trail

Categories: Adventure / Birdwatching / Green / Eco / Walking / Whale Watching

Get ready to embark on an exciting coastal hiking trail in the Garden Route area of South Africa. Explore this marine rich coast and its unspoilt beaches. Learn the habits of whales and dolphins. Enjoy the eco experience of this educational walkabout - highlighting the habits of the African Black Oystercatcher. Snorkel safely in rocky pools. Visit ancient caves, fish traps and Khoi-San Middens.

At a Glance

Tour duration
5 days / 4 nights
Tour departs from
Mossel Bay
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Mossel Bay to Dana Bay
Meet the guides at Mossel Bay museum. Go for a brief tour through the museum and board the exact replica of the boat in which DIAZ landed at Mossel Bay 500 years ago. A short walk takes you to the famous POST TREE, which was used by ancient seafarers as a Post Office 'in waiting'. You can still stand beneath its branches and post your letter. Proceed 50 meters to the Maritime museum and be introduced to the marine life that inhabits our coast. From here on via the Mossel Bay fishing harbor, the walk is along the coastline to the famous Khoi-San cave. Here, from St Blaize, the actual coastal walking trail commences.It is along a contour path with spectacular cliff top views over the Indian Ocean. The trail then wanders down to the rocky seashore where members of the group can bathe in rocky pools or relax on a small sandy beach. Along the way the guide will point out various nesting places of coastal birds. No doubt many sightings of whales and dolphins will occur during certain months. The whales are particularly active during the months from June to October; Dolphins can be sighted all year round.

The first day ends at Dana Bay and accommodation is provided in up market guesthouses with stunning views of the ocean. Our hosts will serve drinks and traditional evening meals. An informal chat will be held with Conservancy members during drinks. (Just think of it, a hot shower, followed by cold liquid refreshment.) A perfect way to end day one.

Overnight: Guest House in Dana Bay

Day 2: Dana Bay to Boggomsbaai
After breakfast, walk along the beautiful golden beach to Boggomsbaai. Along the way the endangered Black Oystercatcher and his nesting places, as well as his feeding habits will be observed. Visit the resting places of the old Strandlopers where you will see ancient shell middens and Stone Age implements. The group will be introduced to the white sand mussel and the art of locating them. Frequent stops and swims will be the order of the day as it is a short and relatively comfortable walk. Coffee and homemade rusks can be enjoyed on the beach and a light pre-packed lunch will be had in the dunes. On arrival at Boggomsbaai the group will stay in the thatched Sandpiper Cottages. That evening there will be meat and fish braais in the old Kaapse Kaggels of these cottages. For the more energetic there is a tennis court and a 9- hole farm style golf course to end off the day.

Overnight: Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai

Day 3: Boggomsbaai
After breakfast the walk proceeds along the beach to Vleesbaai and then along a rocky shore, rich with marine life, to historical Fransmans Hoek. Inviting rock pools, safe gullies, oysters, clams and black mussels are in abundance. Here some safe snorkeling can be enjoyed. At Fransmans Hoek, which was named after the nation whose war ship, the "La Fortune" was wrecked in 1763 - a mussel soup and home made bread lunch will be prepared at the old Stone Hut, on an open fire. From here the walk is along the coast to Kanon Village, where a tractor ride up high sand dunes is the highlight of the afternoon. From there the group will walk along a rocky coast to the mouth of the Gouritz River where safe crossing by boat or special tube, offers somewhat of a light, but safe adventure.

Overnight: Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai

Day 4: Boggomsbaai to Mossel Bay
After breakfast on day 4, an easy coastal walk lies ahead to Rein's Nature reserve where you will encounter ancient fish traps dating back 4000 years. A rugged coastline is the challenge of the day.A late afternoon drive through Rein's nature reserve on a thatched roof trailer complete with cocktail bar, is sure to inspire you. A Candlelit dinner in the luxury-thatched restaurant on the rocks overlooking the swimming pool will be the perfect ending to your experience. Gastronomic delights from the sea is the main course.

Overnight: Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai

Day 5: Boggomsbaai to Mossel Bay
Next morning after breakfast, motorised transport will be provided back to Mossel Bay. On the way we stop and watch Bungee jumps at Gouritz Bridge on the N2. Participants are free to take part. Drop off will be at the starting point in Mossel Bay.

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