About Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, one of only 6 in South Africa and just over 600 world-wide. It extends from Diep River in Milnerton in the south, to the Berg River of Velddrif in the north, Malmesbury / Moreesberg in the east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

Did you know? The slackpacker trails are guided and catered for, comfortable and safe. Hikers need carry only a small daypack. All lifts and luggage are organised, with meals prepared locally in West Coast style.

At the heart of the reserve lie attractions like the West Coast National Park, the town of Darling and the West Coast Fossil Park, fishing villages (like Paternoster), lagoons, rivers, flora and birdlife in amongst the obvious marks of development and a growing population (biosphere reserves are there esssentially to protect plant and animal species whilst also dealing with a growing population and its resource needs).

One of the aims of the CWCBR is to improve the socio-economic well-being of communities that fall within the biosphere. In line with this there there is now a network of five trails (supported by the Development Bank of SA and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund) that start, end and pass through eight of these communities – Atlantis, Mamre, Darling, Velddrif, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

The slackpacker trails are guided and catered for, comfortable and safe. Hikers need carry only a small daypack. All lifts and luggage are organised, with meals prepared locally in West Coast style.

Popular Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails

Hiking Trails

Berg River Canooze

Overnight? Accommodation in Velddrif
The Berg River Canooze, one of five trails that take place within the Cape West Coast Biosphere, is a relatively easy downstream kayak from Hopefield to Velddrif, ...

Hiking Trails / Sports & Leisure

Darling Stagger

Overnight? Accommodation in Darling
25 kilometres in 2 and a half days: One of five slackpacking trails in the Cape West Coast Biosphere, the Darling Stagger emphasises food and wine, together with ...

Hiking Trails / Sight Seeing / Sports & Leisure

Eve's Trail

Stay? Langebaan Accommodation
30 kilometres in 2 and a half days: One of five slackpacker trails that take place in the Cape West Coast Biosphere, Eve's Trail is a wilderness hike that ...

Hiking Trails / Sports & Leisure

Five Bay Trail

Overnight? Accommodation in Paternoster
28 kilometres in 2 and a half days: One of five trails developed in the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, the Five Bay Trail explores the coast between the fishing ...

Cycling / Sports & Leisure / Walks & Hiking

Wheels of Time Trail

Overnight? Accommodation in Darling
146 kilometres in 4 days: As its name suggests the Wheels of Time trail, one of five trails in the Cape West Coast Biosphere, is a back road cycling trip from ...

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