About Hike the Perlemoen Trail

The Perlemoen Green Flag slackpacking trail, centred around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Gansbaai, consists of three days’ hiking (with alternative shorter as well as self-catering options).

The Perlemoen Trail provides fascinating insight into the area which is famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves.

On Day 1 the trail hugs the coast from De Dam to Buffelsjag (15km) with the option of walking to Pearly Beach (another 7 km). On Day 2 the trail follows the beach to Franskraal (12 km) or for the fit to Kleinbaai (15km). Day 3 runs from Gansbaai, along the rocky coast, with its caves and excellent whale watching, to Die Plaat (8km).

An additional fourth and fifth day can be added with exciting activities like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals around Dyer Island or an Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milk wood forest as well as a quad bike or ‘tractor with trailer’ ride to the top of Franskraal Mountain. Other options are cage diving, wine route and an abalone farm visit.

“This is a trail for leisure walkers as much as for serious hikers. One of the most impressive trails in the world” ~ Fiona McIntosh - International author of numerous books on hiking and editor of OUT THERE Magazine

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WhereThe trail takes in Pearly Bay, Gansbaai and Kleinbaai (amongst others) on the Whale Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

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OvernightThe closest town is Pearly Beach, in Western Cape

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