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? Overnight 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.

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Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Port Alfred

Lavender House

Self Catering

Lavender House

Lavender House offers the ultimate in laid back beach house holiday accommodation. The house is let as a unit and sleeps ... more

Sun Acres

Self Catering

Sun Acres

Sun Acres is a duplex that accommodates six to eight people. The Duplex (Unit 21) is situated on the East Kleinemonde and ... more

Villa Majestic

Guest House

Villa Majestic

Villa Majestic is situated in the seaside town of Port Alfred. The house offers both bed and breakfast and self catering ... more


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