Shipwreck hiking trail

Hiking Trails / Sports & Leisure in or near Port Alfred, Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Things To Do in Port AlfredShipwreck hiking trail

Hiking Trails Sports & Leisure Sunshine Coast

Where? Start in Port Alfred and finish at Fish River Mouth near East London, Eastern Cape

When? For bookings, contact Dave Marais. Number above.

How? Call +27 (0)46 675-1321

How much? Price on request

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Port Alfred, in Eastern Cape

Start: Port Alfred
Finish: Fish River Mouth near East London
Duration: 69 km over five days
Fitness: moderate
Our tip: a six night version of the hike includes canoeing (fairly gentle paddle worth including in the hike); another includes an overnight in a game reserve at Lily Pad huts; there is also a slackpacker version of the hike

This six day, five night hike takes you along the Shipwreck Coast renowned for the number of ships that ended up on the rocks. The hike includes the sheer beauty of this wild, unspoilt strip of coast, beautiful estuaries, showering in the rough, cooking your food over a bush fire and a complete escape from civilisation.

Overnight camps range from bush camps with a huge fireplace and basic dormitory-style sleeping to an historic, stone cottage and a treehouse suspended above a stream. Foam mattresses, cooking utensils and water are included.

Despite its length the hike is not overly strenuous, covering between 7 and 14 kilometres a day. Days are spent walking the beaches of the coast whilst evenings are spent inland. Not all of the campsites are close to the coast and you can expect to hike as far as 5 km through riverine forest, or through farmlands to reach them.

The markers for the route are little sea anchors painted on wooden boards that hang from trees, although on the beach, trees are not a common occurrence and hikers rely more on landmarks for trail markers.

The hike is great for birding enthusiasts.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Port Alfred

The Beach House

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The Beach House

The Beach House is the only upmarket Guest House right on the Port Alfred Beachfront. Awake to the sounds of the sea, ... more

Mansfield Private Reserve

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Mansfield Private Reserve

Located just 6km outside of Port Alfred on the Bathurst Road by vehicle or 11km by boat up the Kowie River, Mansfield ... more

Sun Acres

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Sun Acres

Sun Acres is a self-catering duplex that sleeps 6/8 people. The Duplex (Unit 21) is situated on the East Kleinemonde and ... more

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