Oystercatcher Trail trek from Mossel Bay
Oystercatcher Trail trek from Mossel Bay
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  • Duration
    4-7 days
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Activity description

The famous Oystercatcher Trail is a love affair with nature! During this exciting trip you'll enjoy a 5 day, 4 night guided coastal walk, exploring areas you never knew existed, thanks to your expert local guides. 

You'll start off with a walk from Mossel Bay's Cape St. Blaize to the Gourits River Mouth in the company of a knowledgeable and entertaining local guide. He'll help you discover ancient history that goes back to the dawn of modern human behaviour. 

This trip is excellent for meeting and making new likeminded people, who may become lifelong friends! The groups are limited to 12 people maximum.  

You'll be spending your nights in superbly-appointed local guesthouses - with some nights at the traditional-style Sandpiper Cottages at Boggomsbaai.

You’ll walk carrying just your daypack - but you’ll leave with more than a pack-full of memories!

minimum 18 y/o
Starting time: Starting time to be defined with your Pro
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made

Day 1: Mossel Bay - Dinner and a good rest before the walking begins
- Arrive and check-in at your accommodation in Mossel Bay
- Enjoy sundowners with a member of the Oystercatcher Trail team
- Dinner at a local restaurant (transport will be arranged by the restaurant. Drinks for your own account).

Day 2: 15 km - Mossel Bay to Dana Bay - Today's walk: mostly cliff paths
- Your guide will meet you at your guest house, and will arrange your luggage for collection by the road transport service.
- Please remember to carry your day pack with you - with sunblock, a towel, swimming costume, camera, etc.
- Walk to a local restaurant for breakfast; you’ll receive an Oystercatcher Trail water bottle and your lunch-pack for the day.
- Walk with your guide to the St. Blaize Cave for the actual start of your Oystercatcher Trail.
- Meander and explore with your guide along the cliffs and contour paths, and via the St Blaize Trail and Pinnacle Point Golf & Beach Estate to Dana Bay.
- Enjoy a picnic lunch en route.
- Road transport from Dana Bay to Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai, where welcome snacks will be served.
- Dinner at Sandpiper Sports Centre (Drinks for your own account).
- Overnight at Sandpiper Cottages

Day 3: 12 km - Dana Bay to Boggomsbaai Today's route: mostly beachy
- Breakfast at Sandpiper Sports Centre. Receive you lunch packs for the day - and remember to replenish your Oystercatcher Trail water bottle!
- Road transport to Dana Bay to continue your walk.
- Today you’ll be walking along the beach - with frequent sightings of dolphins and (between May and October), the migratory southern right whales that come here to mate and calve.
- Visit ancient Khoi San middens in the dunes, and enjoy a picnic lunch en route.
- Welcome snacks at Sandpiper Cottages.
- Afternoon at leisure.
- This might be a good time for a pampering massage at the Sandpiper Spa (but this is an optional extra - please arrange it with us before your trail begins). Or you could play a game on the Sandpiper Sports Centre’s tennis court or glass back squash court, or enjoy a bit of chill time on the deck.
- Dinner at Sandpiper Sports Centre.
- Overnight at Sandpiper Cottages.

Day 4: 21 km - Boggomsbaai to Gourits River From beaches to rocky shores
- Breakfast at Sandpiper Sports Centre.
- Walk along the beach and rocky shore to Fransmanshoek - a small nature reserve with abundant bird life and beautiful veld flowers (where La Fortune was wrecked in 1763 en route from Mauritius to France: Fransmanshoek means ‘French Corner’).
- Enjoy a beach lunch, and snorkeling and swimming in the secluded bay.
- Walk to Kanon Private Nature Reserve (about 3 km east of the Gourits River Mouth), which protects one of the few remaining patches of Gourits Coastal Dune Thicket.
- Visit ancient Khoi San fish traps and the giant dunes along the way - and if you’re fit enough, you might like to climb the dunes!
- Continue walking to the Gourits River Mouth.
- Cross the river by boat
- Road transport back to Sandpiper Cottages
- Farewell Dinner at the Sandpiper Sport Centre. (Drinks for your own account).
- Overnight at Sandpiper Cottages.

Day 5: Goodbye! Your last, lingering breakfast with the team.
- Breakfast at Sandpiper Sports Centre.
- Road transport to Mossel Bay.
- Let the memories begin!

Special terms

Optional extras
- Point of Human Origins Experience
- Drinks will be charged to your personal account
- Massages at Sandpiper Sports Centre (please arrange before your Trail begins)

  • Accommodation and guide fees
  • Luggage transport and all meals (on some days you’ll carry your own picnic lunch, on others you'll have lunch on the beach)
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Comfortable clothing adapted to the weather conditions
  • Sunscreen and a towel
  • Swimming costume/shorts
  • Camera
Meeting point
Oystercatcher Trail: 2 Bonito St, Boggomsbaai 6500, South Africa Get directions
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