Strandloper Hiking Trail

The Strandloper Hiking Trail - Slackpacking and Hiking near East London, South Africa.

A magnificent coastal ramble from Kei Mouth to Gonubie: 4 nights/5 days. Hikers can backpack or slackpack along the East coast. Suitable for experienced hikers, families and beginners.

Enjoy the evening at the start of the trail at the Environmental Education Centre in the Cape Morgan Nature Reserve in Kei Mouth, braai at the Double Mouth log cabin, chill out in the pool at Haga Haga, and finally sit around the fire at the Settler’s Cottage at Beacon Valley. 

Join the Khoisan Beachcombers of yesteryear and enjoy the scenic Eastern Cape coast, spotting whales and dolphins frolicking in the Indian Ocean, a mere stone’s throw from the endless beaches you will be crossing. Hike through coastal dune forests, and listen for Knysna Loeries and other endemic birds.  Pass the famous Cape Morgan Lighthouse and follow the well-marked dedicated trail as you hike from one overnight stop to the next. 

The varied terrain, well planned daily stages, small coastal villages and friendly pubs en-route, contribute to making the Strandloper one of South Africa’s most popular hikes. 
It can be enjoyed by young and old, hikers, birders, beachcombers and botanists, and all those who appreciate the outdoors and natural environment. 

One of the best summer hikes in the country, with calm, sunny and warm subtropical “winters”.  Especially the months of April, May and June.  It’s at this time of year that the sardines (the greatest shoal on earth) move slowly up the coast, accompanied by large pods of dolphins and hordes of dive-bombing gannets. Whales can often be seen close to the shore from July to November.

Although there have been many shipwrecks along the way, they have all been buried & destroyed by the ocean.  Obtain shipwreck info from East London Museum.