The Perlemoen Trail

Hiking Trails in or near Gansbaai, Cape Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Things To Do in GansbaaiThe Perlemoen Trail

Hiking Trails Cape Overberg Cape Whale Coast

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

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Gansbaai, in Western Cape

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.

Day one:


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.

Day two:


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.

Day three:


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.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Gansbaai

La Petite Baleine

Self Catering

La Petite Baleine

Located in the seaside town of De Kelders and boasting sweeping, uninterrupted views is La Petite Baleine. Offering self ... more

The Edge

Self Catering

The Edge

The Edge is a three bedroom, 250m self-catering home sleeping up to seven guests in Franskraal. The main bedroom has a ... more

Blue Whale

Self Catering

Blue Whale

Blue Whale holiday house in Gansbaai sleeps nine guests in five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The main room has a double ... more

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