This is a 6 Day & 5 Night slack-packing hiking trail along the west coast of South Africa in the Namaqua National Park. This hiking trail offers you not only sandy beaches, but a wide variety of wildlife and some of the most beautiful flowers during season. Starting the hiking trail at the Spoegrivier caves and winding your way down to the base camp is an experience not to miss. There is also the visit of Hondeklip Bay with the famous spitfire rock, and to end off this amazing hike trail we stop for a wine taste at Lutzville wine cellar. Make sure you gear up for this amazing all-inclusive hike with good hiking shoes and warm clothes for the evenings. We can’t wait for you to join the trail.
Price: R5 475 per person.
Dates: Only 3 dates are available
22 to 27 August 2021
19 to 24 September 2021, and
3 to 8 October 2021
Terrain: Trail is moderate, walking on paths with soft sand, firm jeep tracks and cliff paths that are firm but uneven. Short stretches of rocky coastline. No technical requirements or exposure. A moderate level of fitness is required but active hikers will manage well.
Day 1: Get together in Garies. The group get together on the first day in a small town in the Northern Cape, Garies. From here the Silver Sands tour operator will escort the vehicles to their Base Camp. On arrival we will settle in, have some welcome drinks, enjoy a warm cooked west coast meal and spend the evening around the camp fire with the sound of breaking waves preparing ourselves for the next day’s hike.
Day 2: Spoegrivier Caves to the seals. We start our first day’s hike early. After receiving our day lunch pack we will be transported with a 4×4 game viewing vehicle through the Namaqua National Park to Spoegrivier Caves (This is about 1 hour’s game drive). The group will be guided and we will cover a distance of 15km along the spectacular coast line in the direction of the Base Camp. We will be collected after the 15km hike and transported back to base camp. Warm showers will be ready, sun-downers and a delicious meal.
Day 3: Silver Sands Dune Trail. Today we have an amazing hike through the moving white dunes of the Namaqua National Park. We will be dropped off 16km north from the base camp. This is a spectacular part of the trail with silver beaches, white granite rock formation, seals and bird life. We arrive at base camp where we will take time to relax and have a sundowner while dinner is being prepared.
Day 4: Groenrivier to Base Camp. This is our last day of hike and we take on the Southern part of the Namaqua National Park. We will be dropped off 10km from base camp, as we will hike back. This is also a scenic part of the trail and a lot different from the other day’s trails. This trail has less beach hiking and a little more rock formations. Arriving at base camp we will enjoy our last night together with drinks and a BBQ around the camp fire with the sound of crashing waves and beautiful open sky filled with stars.
Day 5: Hondeklipbaai & Aristea Shipwreck. This morning we take the game viewing vehicle and head to the little town Hondeklipbaai. This is a 2 hour drive through the Namaqua National Park. On arrival we will take a leisured walk through the little town visiting all the historical sites and the Aristea Shipwreck. We will have lunch at one of the local restaurants and make our way back to base camp.
Day 6: Tour ends with a cheese and wine taste at Lutzville wine cellar. It’s time to pack up and say our goodbyes. We travel (Own vehicle) to Lutzville to enjoy a last wine and dine together at Lutzville wine cellar.
Included in tour
All meals (Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner)
Water and selected drinks (Beer & wine)
Accommodation (2 persons share tent)
Excluded in tour
Own transport to Garies and Lutzville
Important Things to pack!
- Small day back pack
- Good hiking shoes
- Own toiletries
- Warm windbreaker
- Hiking gear, warm clothes for evenings.
- Own water bottle
- Own sleeping bag and pillow
- Extra hiking snacks if wanted.
- Camera and binoculars.
Post/Trip expires at 12:08pm on Wednesday October 27th, 2021