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Hello to both of you - we are back in the UK now and wishing we were still with you! We so enjoyed our stay in the lovely Sandpiper Cottage, which contained everything we could possibly have wanted. It is in such a glorious position with that beautiful empty beach, miles and miles of sand. Just what we needed to rest and recharge our batteries.

If ever we come back that way again, we will certainly call on you, and see if you have vacancies........

Thank you so much for everything. You are the perfect hosts.

Angela and Richard (2 March 2012)

South Africa Travel




Welcome to the Oystercatcher hiking trail Mossel Bay Garden Route Africa

Meander and explore the peaceful sea shore. Hiking across unspoilt, spectacular golden beaches and along the wonderful green coast line of the Western Cape's Garden Route near Mossel Bay.

We guide you past  the ancient stone age caves along the route at Pinnacle Point. Marvel at diving dolphins, lazy whales, frolicking seals, black oystercatchers, and many other bird species.

Every day is different. From cliff tops and sea front caves to sandy shores and wonderful unspoilt beaches. Walk along rocky bays and massive sand dunes, fynbos and herbs , wild oysters, scuttling sandpipers and crystal-clear rock pools. Swim in small safe bays, experience sunny days and dark nights made bright  by millions of stars and a  romantic moon rising over the sea.

The 4 day Trail is professionally guided from Cape St Blaize Cave under the Lighthouse in Mossel Bay to the mouth of the Gourits River. Top class accommodation is in luxury lodges and rustic thatched Cape cottages. It is an unforgettable educational experience in the classroom of nature.


The Oystercatcher Trail

The OYSTERCATCHER TRAIL is a professionally guided, luxury and fully catered slack packing trail where your every comfort is looked after. You only have to carry a small day pack. Your luggage is shuttled. The traditional meals will always always be remembered. There are now 3 versions under the Oystercatcher banner:


Slack pack and professionally guided experience. 4 night and 4 days.

Priced from R7100 pps.
Fully catered and includes airport transfers and beverages. Minimum group size  6 people and maximum 12.

Included in Gold Trail as from 1st July 2013 is the POINT OF HUMAN ORIGIN (POHO) Visit to the Pinnacle Point Caves. See our web site www.humanorigin.co.za

  The famous Oystercatcher Hiking Trail - bringing focus to the habits and plight of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher
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A fully catered slack pack, fully guided  trail. Accommodation in 4 star quality lodges and Cape Cottages. Also 4 nights and 3 full days.

Priced from R5400 pps.
Airport transfers and free beverages not included. Final prices depend on numbers in group.

Optional Extra: Point of Human Origin Tour

  The famous Oystercatcher Hiking Trail - bringing focus to the habits and plight of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher
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Self catering option. Accommodation is in 3 to 4 star Hotels / Lodges and Cape cottages. 4 nights and 3 full days of hiking. Fully guided.

Priced from R3200pps.
Preferred minimum of 8 per group and max of 16. Special prices for large groups and hiking clubs.

Visit to the Pinnacle Point Caves See our web site www.humanorigin.co.za an optional extra

  The famous Oystercatcher Hiking Trail - bringing focus to the habits and plight of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher
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Hunter Gatherer Trail

The HUNTER GATHERERS Beach Comber Hiking Trail is a true beach combing experience where we will take you along this beautiful coast line and explore the ways, habits and legacies of the ancient strandloper clans, the wanderers and collectors of sea food from the later stone age.

Prices for 2013 from R2950 pp sharing.
Please contact us for a quote and availability

  The Hunter Gatherers Hiking Trail is a unique “back to basics” experience
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Sandpiper Cottages Boggoms Bay Accommodation

Sandpiper cottages Boggomsbaai Accommodation

Hosts the famous Oystercatcher Trail in Boggomsbaai.

Traditional Cape Cottages in the Nature Conservancy of Boggomsbaai, near Mossel Bay, fully equipped each with 2 and 3 bedrooms, nestling snugly in unspoilt nature, only 500 meters from endless beaches..

Please contact us for a quote and availability.

  Sandpiper Self-catering Guest Cottages, Boggomsbaai (near Mossel Bay)
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This is an invitation from us to come and meet the well-known environmentalist and owner Fred Orban, his famous Xhosa guide Willie Komani and their efficient and friendly staff ... They will introduce you to the wonderful world of marine life, fauna and flora.

This is a dynamic world of  waves, rocky shores  and the remarkable stone age and Strandloper history of this special part of the Garden Route coast from Mossel Bay to the Gourits river...On these hikes you will learn so much about our coast and you will fall even  deeper in love with nature.

Our world renowned Trail has been extensively covered on DSTV channel 250 of BBC by Julia Bradbury., famous presenter in the UK as well as by Pasella, the popular SA TV program.

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This unique and exclusive Trail run is in it`s 3rd year. It is one of the special events of on the coastal Trail running calender. It follows the famous Oystercatcher Hiking Trail in reverse.

Previous years it was over 2 days, starting at Gourits River and ending on the first day at Sandpiper www.sandpiper.co.za , with the 2nd day ending at the St Blaize cave in Mossel Bay. Due to the huge demand an extra day has now been added. The Trail will now start in the Hessequa municipal area at REIN`s Nature reserve on 19th September this year.

It will be a Light house to Light house Trail run along the beautiful and in places rugged Oystercatcher trail coast line, which varies from rocky shores, over endless beaches and along the cliff tops , past the world renowned Pinnacle Point caves The first day will end at Gouritz and the 2nd day ends at Sandpiper in Boggomsbaai. The 3rd and final day ends below the Light House in Mossel Bay, near the St Blaize cave.

Enquiries can be made at sonja@trisport.co.za (www.trisport.co.za).

Latest News

A section of the Oyster Catcher Trail.Oyster Catcher trail upgrade completed

The Oyster Catcher Trail Run in the Western Cape is going to far exceed expectations. Having already had two very successful years, the 2014 race has taken into account runners’ feedback, with Race Director Hano Otto adding a third day to the previous two stages on offer. Thus, the new and improved version allows even the most discerning or unfit trail runner a suitable option to choose from, according to their preference and fitness.
- Mossel Bay Advertiser

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Pinnacle Point declared a Provincial Heritage Site

Heritage tours to Pinnacle Point caves will soon be part of the Oystercatcher Trail itinerary. Tours will commence once all Western Cape Heritage requirements are met.

Read the media release for more details of this historical declaration.

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Point of Human Origin


Pinnacle Point Caves

As from June 2013 the Oystercatcher Trail will include a visit to the famous caves of Pinnacle Point. This relates directly to the discovery of the origins of modern human behaviour reaching back almost 200,000 years during the middle stone age period.

It is a world first and the PowerPoint presentation as well as the visit to cave 13B will be done by Dr Peter Nilssen the well known archeologist of Mossel Bay. An opportunity not to be missed. Our hikers on the Oystercatcher Trail are privileged as it will be included in their wonderful hiking experience package. This unique tour section will be named the Point of Human Origin.

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