The Perlemoen Trail - Guided Hiking

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 1 to 5 days hiking (with either catered or self-catering).

The Perlemoen trail provides insights into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for Fynbos lovers, cultural enthusiasts and whale watchers with wide intimate coves for swimming, open beaches and sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves. Sleep in comfort at B&B’s, eat out at local pubs/restaurants and walk at ease.

The three best sections along this beautiful coastline have been selected:

1. Shipwreck Section

De Dam to Bufflesjag 14km or to Plaatjieskraal 18km

Coastal Fynbos, rocky shores, open sandy beaches. Seal colony, fishing village, ghost town (optional extra 4km) sedimentary rock formations – a photographer’s dream.

2. Walker Bay Reserve section

Pearly Beach to Kleinbaai 18km

Large shell midden, open sandy beach, exiting river crossing, rocky shores, quaint little Strandveld Museum.

3. Whales and Caves section.

Stanford’s cove to De Plaat 7.5km

Rocky shores with pounding waves, Milkwood forest, limestone caves, archaeological heritage site, seals, plunge pools, vantage point for whales.

Additional activities:

We also have several one day trips which you can enjoy if you do have extra time to explore the gems of the Overberg

Join our experienced guide in looking for geocaches.

An Ocean Trip by boat to view the thousands of seals around Dyer Island

An 2 hour Inland guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milk wood forest

An 3 hour quad bike ride to the top of Franskraal Mountain.

A Shark cage diving experience of a life time.

Doing the half- or full day wine route with cheese platters in an around the historical town of Elim and Baardskeerdersbos

A river boat or canoe trip in the Kleinrivier estuary.