Things To Do in GansbaaiThe Perlemoen Trail
Where? Start at De Dam in Gansbaai, Cape Overberg
When? Booking is essential.
How? Call +27 (0)79 568-8156
How much? Price on request
Start: De Dam
Finish: Die Plaat
Duration: 3 days with an optional 4th and 5th days
Fitness: relatively fit but there are easy options for each day
Our tip: there are one or two-day options as well, and you have the choice to do the hike fully catered or budget
This Green Flag slackpacker hiking trail centres around the seaside village of Gansbaai – famous for its great white shark cage diving, and whale watching vantage points.
De Dam to Buffelsjag is 15km with an additional 7km walk to Pearly Beach tagged on to the end of it. The day's hike hugs the beach through fynbos and rocky coastline past Quoin Point lighthouse, and the Flying Dutchman shipwreck, with the odd tidal pool swim. The optional walk takes you past yet a further shipwreck, the Otari Maru.
To Franskraal is 12 km, or the fit can continue on to Kleinbaai, making it another 15 km trail. You trace the coast along what is known as the Gruis with many swimming opportunities, and sightings of the odd seal and black oyster catcher.
Gansbaai to Die Plaat, only 8km but the most scenic part of the trail along the cliffs at De Kelders. Visit limestone caves not open to the public. Views over Die Plaat are incredible.
Those who finish early can either tag a couple of the myriad activities in the area to the end of the third day, or remain for a further day or two to view the seals around Dyer Island or go on a guided walk through the indigenous Platbos forest, cage diving or an abalone farm visit.
Evenings are spent in local Bed & Breakfasts.