The Chokka Trail - Slackpacking

The Chokka Trail is a 4 day/3 night slackpacking trail between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis.  The trail is fully catered and unguided – hikers receive a map and route description for each day.

We will meet you St Francis Links, where you leave your vehicle for the duration of the hike.  After a welcome drink we take you to Oyster Bay, where you book into the Oyster Bay Beach Lodge, receive a lunch pack and set off for the first 15km, all along the coastline.  Ancient fish traps, an unknown grave, Cape clawless otter, whales and dolphins are waiting for you.

Day 2 is the longest and hardest day – 16km along a dune bypass system, called the Sand River.  Try and stick to the highest contour of the dunes, although it is quite tempting to slide down some of them!  Enjoy the untouched beauty of the dune field where you will find Khoi middens, buck spoor and birds in the vegetation, but no water in the river till the last 2-3km.  You will spend the night at Cape St Francis Resort.

On Day 3 you will explore the coastline from Mostertshoek to Granny’s Pool – the day’s itinerary includes a visit to a penguin rehabilitation centre and Port St Francis for a calamari tasting.  If one is available, you also can jump on a working chokka boat.  After booking into Brisan B&B on the famous St Francis canals, a cruise will finish off an already interesting day.

After breakfast on Day 4 your host will take you by boat to The Cove, from where you walk along the Kromme River and Sand River into St Francis Links, where you will explore some exquisite hidden trails through coastal thicket and fynbos.

Lunch is served at the Links clubhouse and then it is time to say goodbye!