Beachcomber's Perlemoen trail (2/3/4 days)
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Beachcomber’s Perlemoen trail follows the same dramatic route as the original trail but the unique nature experience and unmatched value for money positions Beachcomber as the number one experienced guide to trail with.

This is an unparalleled nature journey along a pristine wild coast.
"One of the most impressive trails in the world, this is a trail for leisure walkers as much as for serious hikers."  
                      (Fiona McIntosh - International author of numerous books on hiking and editor of OUT THERE Magazine)
Trail overview: Full 4 day trail 50 km - Lighter 4 day version 42km
Located along the spectacular South Western Cape shoreline, Stretching from Quoin point in the south, to De Kelders, just south of Hermanus.
                         Happily this coastline remains undeveloped and for the most part unexplored.
Beach shellsEach leg of the hiking trail offers a unique view of this coastline, professionally interpreted with special insights into marine ecology, fynbos medicinal plants and flowers an in-depth understanding of Khoisan history and the many shipwrecks in these waters.The rich diversity of wildlife only found here, combined with the freshest air on the planet and spectacular natural scenery around every point, including an unforgettable gastronomic foraging experience, makes this a first class adventure for family and friends.
Khoisan Accommodation Options       
The luxury fully catered trail option accommodates the hikers in our recommended 4 star guest house, including a full breakfast, healthy packed lunch, snacks and refreshments for the day, and in the evening, dinner - either at a colourful local restaurant or a braai under the stars at your comfortable lodgings.

The Self-Catering option is more rustic fisherman’s style cottage well situated but with no frills, bring all food and drinks, basic shop in Pearly for supplies.   
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Each leg of Beachcomber's Perlemoen Trail is offered as an independent day walk and each has a shorter lighter option if required.  Slackpacking trail Beachcomber guide
Day 1 Shipwreck shore   (Quion Point Reserve) 12km / 10km
Day 2 Bantamsklip         (Pearly Beach Reserve) 16km / 14km
Day 3 Abalone amble      (Uilkraal Reserve) 15 km / 12 km
Day 4 Walk with whales  (Walker Bay Reserve)  6 km

Discover an area of the Cape coast
that has been long neglected as a destination.
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Shipwreck shore section                                     5.Primary.  Banded brittlestar
Location: Quion point reserve - Die Dam - Buffejagsbaai
Rating: Medium:  slight gradient over dune, medium fitness, 12km (Light version 10km)

The trail starts at the sleepy holiday resort of Die Dam following a jeep track into Quoin Point Reserve, the second most Southerly point on the African continent.Jessies bay and wall
The trail cuts through pristine fynbos covered dunes leading to the coast. At the coast we take some time to observe a local Cape Fur Seal breeding colony, before hugging the shore towards the historical light station at Quoin Point.
Next is a 4km long open beach section backed by a spectacular wind carved sandstone cliff, a great place to cool off and swim in summer. The shipwrecks of the Fynd & Swona (1947) can be seen at low tide here.
Fishermen BufflesjagsThe trail ends at the beautiful fishing boat launch site of Bufflesjagsbaai. We can also see the Overberg’s largest Abalone farm next to the village which brings much needed employment to this quiet part of the world. This small fishing village has some colourful characters and it is well worth stopping to have a chat. dolphin Animation 
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Bantamsklip section 
Ghost town
Location: Bufflesjagsbaai - Pearly Beach.   Colourful
Rating:Medium/easy:  medium fitness, 16km  
 (Light version 14 km) 
We start where we left off at Bufflesjagsbaai heading towards Pearly Beach reserve. At Plaatjieskraalbaai a very popular Kabeljou fishing spot, we walk through this areas version of Kolmanscop ghost town, an abandoned holiday resort buried in sand, due to the drifting dunes.
 A great photographic opportunity!Broken walk way
We follow the seashore around its many granite boulder protected bays, past Bantamsklip the controversial proposed site for a nuclear power station, to the shipwreck site of Otori Maru (1984). Much of the wreck remains and at low tide it is easy to explore.starfish
The last section is Sweetfontain, and the long flat sandy beach provides great viewing of the whales and dolphins when they are here. We finish in Pearly Beach, at the Fynbos centre, a local conservation initiative where you can see an amazing diversity of local fynbos flowers in the garden and display area.Shipwreck Bantamsklip

Whale monitoring has proved that between September and December this trail hosts more Whales than the De Hoop Whale Trail. Over 80 individuals sighted off Pearly Beach in one hour!Whale cut out 2

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Abalone amble sectionMulticoloured topshell 3
Location: Pearly Beach – Franskraal, 15 km   
(Light version 12 km)
Rating: Medium / Easy

We set out at the Marine Kiosk in Pearly Beach and the opportunity to gain extra insight into this amazing coastal ecosystem you are hiking through.Giant shell midden 2
We then hug the rocky shore on the coastal footpath, great for whale watching in season. Pearly Beach is aptly named for its beautiful beaches which border the Uilkraal reserve.
We walk over long stretches of pebble shore backed by sandy dunes. Close to shipwreck of Un Hung (1989), an impressive 4 meter tall shell midden hides behind the dunes.
The flat open section towards the Uilkraal river offers a view of Great White Shark cage diving operation boats a few hundred meters off shore.shark finshark fin
Leon crossing riverThen we cross the Uilenkraal river, between knee and waist deep, safely guided at the best spot along.(Don't panic no sharks!)
We finish the day at the Franskraal museum a private collection of artefacts well displayed and supported with an informative talk from owner, Jan.

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Walk with Whales section   Whales blow
Location : Gansbaai harbour - Walker bay
Rating: medium/ easy, moderate fitness, 6 km 

We start at Gansbaai harbour, a traditional fishing harbour and walk the coastal trail towards De Kelders.Whale de kelders xxx
The trail turns into an impressive and safe cliff path with spectacular views over Walker Bay. Arguably the best land based whale watching spot in the world! The rock formations create deep plunge pools perfect to cool off on hot days.
Limestone caves dot the steep cliffs, and entering the caves is an experience for their natural beauty and historical significance. The Dripkelder is the only fresh water coastal cave in Southern Africa and it is possible to take a dip in its healing waters. For hikers not wanting to enter the caves the short wait outside offers a view that will not disappoint.
Die plaat beachThe trail ends after lunch with a spectacular view point at Die Plaat overlooking Walker bay and Klipgat cave where excavations found evidence of stone-age mans occupation dating back 80 to 100 thousand years.  

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