5 New Trails on the Cape West Coast << go back

posted on 21 June 2011

Introducing hospitable Cape West Coast trails for everyone, from hardcore mountain

lovers, twitchers and botanists to family groups and modern-day strandlopers.

These slackpacking trails, without the schlep, are guided and catered, comfortable and safe. Hikers carry a

small daypack, lifts and luggage are organised and local folk and restaurants prepare meals

in traditional West Coast style.


Darling Stagger 2.5 Days R1 600

A slow-paced, mouth-watering hiking trail from the hills of

Darling through wine and olive farms to !Khwa Ttu San

Cultural Centre and down to Yzerfontein on the coast.

(2.5 Days - 25km)


Eve's Trail 2.5 Days R1 600

A wilderness hiking trail from Yzerfontein along 16 Mile Beach,

veering into the West Coast National Park and along the

restful Langebaan Lagoon.


Wheels of Time 4 Days R3 000

(2.5 Days - 30km)


5 Bay Trail 2.5 Days R1 600

A gentle coast-hugging hiking trail between the fishing villages

of Paternoster and Jacobsbaai.

(2.5 Days - 28km)


Berg River Canooze 2.5 Days R2 000

A recreational, supported, back road cycling trail from Mamre

to Darling, Elandsfontein Farm, the West Coast National Park

and !Khwa Ttu.

(4 Days - 146km)


An effortless downstream kayak from Hopefield to Velddrif

with farm stays en route.

(2.5 Days - 28km)

The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) celebrates the launch of three hiking trails,

one canoe trail and one recreational cycling trail. All now open for bookings.


The hiking and canoe trails are power breaks of 2.5 days duration and the starting point is less than an hour

and a half's drive from Cape Town. The cycling trail is 4 days but can be done as two weekend power


Eve’s Trail is an accredited Green Flag Trail striving to be environmentally and socially responsible.

Opening Offers

Initial exploratory trails as well as launch trails, reduced in price, are now open for bookings.

Initial exploratory trails, reduced in price are expected to be a little rough around the edges as the guides

and other service providers are put through their paces. Participation in these trails will create the

opportunity for the guides to practice, grow and learn, and the feedback provided by

hikers will help perfect the experience.

Exploratory Trails (opening offer reduced by 45 - 55%, inclusive of accommodation, meals and transfers)

Trail Duration Cost PPS Dates

Darling Stagger 2.5 Days R1 600

08 - 10 July 2011

22 - 24 July 2011

05 - 07 Aug 2011

Eve's Trail 2.5 Days R1 600

15 - 17 July 2011

29 - 31 July 2011

19 - 21 August 2011

5 Bay Trail 2.5 Days R1 600

21 - 23 October 2011

28 - 30 October 2011

04 - 06 November 2011

Wheels of Time 4 Days R3 000

03 - 06 February 2012

17 - 20 February 2012

02 - 05 March 2012

Berg River Canooze 2.5 Days R2 000

15 - 17 June 2012

29 - 31 June 2012

06 - 08 July 2012

The trail launches coincide with key events in the region:

Darling Flower Show: 16 - 18 September 2011

Opening of the crayfish season: 15 November 2011

Argus Cycle Tour: 11 March 2012

2 Berg River Canoe Marathon: 12 - 16 July 2012

After the launch dates, the trails will be open for bookings at full price on dates suited to clients.

The Exploratory Trails will be led by experienced trail developer and hiker Ivan Groenhof,

who will be supported by a specialist river or cycle guide (where appropriate),

and two or more local guides.

For more information, full itineraries and prices and to book for special opening offers on above

dates or for any date at full price please call or email:

086 187 2457 (TRAILS)

022 451 2648 (Cape West Coast Biosphere Central Office)

022 492 2750 (Cape West Coast Biosphere Hub R27)

083 261 7960 (Ivan)

083 628 3426 (Sheryl)