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" A great option for marine lovers and a treat for visitors"
Consider this as an option for a weekend away or when a friend comes into town. Jason, our guide, has developed a superior business model based on ethical eco-tourism that should be replicated everywhere in SA. Affordable experience and easy hiking on one of SA's most beautiful coastlines with creative incorporation of the community.
Jason is authentic, organized, and extremely well-informed about marine ecology, history and the local context. His wife, Robin, makes a mean bean wrap. I loved their passion and vision! If you are looking for something unique, educational and nature-oriented as a couple, family, or if you have visitors in town-- this is a MUST! Simply awesome!!
Anne from Wellington

"Five days of bliss"
Highly recommended. The walk is beautiful, Jason is well versed on the environment and the history of the coastline and a fantastic host and tour-guide.
I came home feeling like I had been in a different world for a few days. Well worth the trip and I would do it again at the drop of hat. A lovely experience whether you do this with friends or family.
Paul from JHB

A relaxing and connecting adventure

These four days with Jason were a remarkable adventure, and connection with Nature! He is easy-going but organised, lots of fun to be with, respectful and considerate, and enjoys sharing his love for and knowledge of the area. I enjoyed his insights and knowledge of everything from the smallest plants and animals to the planetary tides, to detailed history of the area, including shipwrecks and archeology. The freshwater cave at the end made it the most unique coastal walk I have EVER done - and I have done many!
Anthea. Cape Town

4 day Perlemoen Trail

Our family really enjoyed this trail. Jason's enthusiasm for this area and community was evident from the outset and every aspect of the trip was organized with the same efficiency and friendliness that we experienced during our walks. The family had a chance to spend some quality time together and learnt about this fabulous ecosystem in a fun and interactive way. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Thanks Jason.
Alistair Doherty  Hong Kong Region China

"The most awesom hiking trail"
We were 12 ladies who did the 4 day Perlemoen trail from Die Dam to De Kelders. Jason made this an unforgettable experience, by sharing his vast knowledge and passion for marine ecology and nature in general, with us. He opened up a whole new world to us by making the beach come to life. He was so accommodating and patient and was eager to share with us and answer all our, sometimes stupid, questions.
Ronelle Western Cape

Shipwreck shore day on the Perlemoen trail 
What an absolute glorious day with Jason and had time allowed would have gone for more. My daughter and fiancée swam with the baby seals in there 'creche' away from great white shark access. Memorable for all of us. Jason, who I have known for some years before he started doing these hikes, is as infections with his enthusiasm as he has ever been. A committed self taught naturalist with a desire for local community involvement in the wonders of this unique area of South Africa. A super sense of humour and great company. An unforgettable day.
Colin Brown Yorkshire England

Excellent days guided beach trail
What a wonderful way to, spend a day! Thank you Jason for organising a fabulous day's walk, superlative weather and a great late lunch to top it off! Jason's guiding is amazingly informative, he has a wealth of knowledge which he's able to apply to whatever crosses his path, starting with the caracal we saw on the way to the drop off point. How little we had appreciated the bio diversity of beach life. Walking the beach will never be the same again. We can thoroughly recommend this day's activity.
Robin Lapping  Hermanus South Africa

Enjoyable informative experience Pearly Beach Stroll and much more
The combination of Jason being extremely knowledgeable about the local marine life and his great personality made for such a memorable event - one that we will remember for a long, long time. It was remarkable that he was more concerned about providing us with a wonderful nature experience and sharing his passion for the ocean and surrounding natural areas with us, rather than with just making money. At our request he combined our trail with a ''caves trail'' at The Kelders - going the extra mile to provide us with a very special experience. His beachcomber Marine Kiosk added to our experience by providing more information on our coastal ecosystems. We also had the privilege of meeting his wife Robin at the Fynbos Garden in the Pearly Beach Fynbos Centre which hosts a lovely display of fresh coastal fynbos. This added yet another special touch to the event. We HIGHLY recommend trailing with Jason.
Cari May J South Africa

A wonderful day at Quoin Point Nature reserve
My wife and I had a wonderful day together with Jason at the Quion Point Nature Reserve. Jason is a very enthusiastic and pleasant person, and he was very helpful in planning our trip. He has a wealth of knowledge, and provided us with lots of opportunities to learn about the flora and fauna of this beautiful area. I am a passionate nature filmmaker, and Jason made sure that I could take beautiful photos and video footage in the area. I look forward to stay in touch with him, and recommend him to anyone, who is considering guided walks in the Overberg and Cape Agulhas area.
Frans Dekker   Malaga Spain

Brilliant 4 day guided beach trail 
Our family group ranging from granddaughter of 6 yrs, teenagers, dad & gran & granddad had a particularly successful trip. Jason was so patient and did everything he could to make our walks and the whole experience memorable. He has a enormous wealth of knowledge and passion about the marine environment and we were privileged to see many whales and their calves - some really close to shore - and also seals and a multitude of birds. Walked between 7 - 12 kms per day over our 4 day walk and each day was an absolute pleasure. Great B&B accommodation arranged by Jason in Pearly Beach. Highly recommended.
Muriel Doherty  Ballito South Africa

Superb guide great walks
Brilliant. A really great experience, we learnt so much from Jason who is patient, and extremely knowledgeable. This guy will do so well, his passion for this part of our world is infectious, has even got a small museum.
Ken Evans  Berlin, Germany

An entertaining and informative walk along a beautiful coastline
As a regular beach walker back in the Eastern Cape I thought I knew a fair amount about the beach, the shells and the flotsam and jetsum washed up each day. Jason however gave us a whole new perspective on life to be found on the shoreline, sharing with us fascinating facts about so much - sea urchins and anemones, kelp and perlemoen middens, sea birds and dunes. We came away, well exercised and well informed. Another section of his trail will be on our bucket list when we next visit the Western Cape. Thanks for your knowledge and enthusiasm - and Oom Jan's Museum made for a lovely end to a day.
Juanita Port Alfred, Eastern Cape South Africa.

Great nature walk around Quoin Point
Thank you Jason for a fantastic walk on the Strandveld coast this January, it was a great moment of my trip in South Africa and very complementary to what I have seen in other places along the garden route, thanks to your deep knowledge of nature and the environment there. I hope to be back one day and walk another section or even the same, coastal landscape wonders are always changing!
Antoine Brittany France

Pearly Beach to Franskraal
A fantastic way to spend the day, if you are visiting the area for the whale watching and shark diving ensure to make time to include one of the Beachcomber trails with Jason. Our walk was completed at our pace and we found it relaxing, informative, educational and all completed in good humour. Jason is full of knowledge and has a real passion for his work.
We will definitely complete another trail with Jason on our next visit!!!.
 Michael and Mariaan   Zandvoort, The Netherlands
 
A fabulous interpretive experience 
As a guest lodge owner in Gansbaai, I walk on the beach a lot and am knowledgeable about the inter tidal zones and their inhabitants. Jason carries enormous knowledge and experience about the entire ecosystem and is able to explain in a simple manner. As an experienced guide on this trail, having worked on it for over 2 years, he has created an experience that is really educational and worth doing. I have walked with Jason a few times, with guests and with my friends and each time has produced new and refreshing information. Worth doing!
Dave Saxon Lodge    Gansbaai South Africa
 
 
 
 

What to bring

  • Wide brimmed sun hat
  • sun-cream
  • swimsuit and towel
  • light windbreaker (4 season weather)
  • Reasonable shoes (not flip flops) 
  • camera and binoculars (bird / whale watching)
  • water (1.5 / 2l  Hot Days)
  • daypack (lightweight rucksack).
  • sleeping bag (if budget self catering)
  • Torch (visiting caves)
  • Beer, Gnt for pre-supper drinks

Not an ordinary hiking trail

Walking Rocky pools bantamsklip 4 optTrails are tailored to your specific interests and needs and will at all times be in harmony with the natural environment so that we leave only our footprints. Trail Video link video

Group sizes are kept small so that the hike remains intimate with minimal environmental impact.
I am passionate about this area's marine ecology and always happy to share and demonstrate the uniqueness of the environment.
I learn something new every time i am out there which adds value to the group and the experience.
dolphin Animation

Sea Spider
      The yellow sea spider is not a true spider,but has similar characteristics, sometimes found hunting and feeding on prey with its pincer-like appendages (chelifers) they have four pairs of legs with claw-like ends used to hold on in strong currents, other slender ovigerous legs hang below the head which the male uses to carry fertilised eggs.  

The unmistakable Columbus crab on the left, a pelagic species identified by Christopher Columbus during his first voyage to the New World. The blue colour hides the animal from predators and prey in the deep ocean. On the right believed to be the same crab in its megalopa larval stage.

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Blue eyed crab

About your guide Jason Stonehewer

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I am a qualified F.G.A.S.A. nature guide, studying coastal ecology and our fascinating interconnected natural world.
From 2012 to 2014 i was lead guide on the Perlemoen Trail, I started my guiding career guiding river rafting trips in 1994 for Felix Unite.
In August 2014 I received the mayors award for excellence for setting up a marine kiosk in Pearly Beach and my contribution to environmental awareness.
I am chairman of the Pearly Beach conservancy and take part in volunteer environmental educational work for the Vision Foundation lecturing in some of the more remote destinations in Southern Africa. 

 Nature guiding and studying our amazing inter-coastal marine environment is a dream come true for me and it gives me great joy to share this with others.

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Sea swallow 2 opt                     The sea swallow is a nudibranch a sea slug that has lost its shell. They float on the surface tension of the ocean hunting blue bottles, the sea swallows defence against predators is to secret toxic chemicals reusing stinging cells derived from their own prey. Washed up by onshore winds along with many other pelagic species we encounter.