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4-night Oystercatcher Trail

Our famous Oystercatcher Trail; it's a Love Affair with Nature!
5-day, 4-night guided coastal walk
Rates include luxury accommodation & all meals

Oystercatcher Trail: 4 nights, 5 days

Walk from Mossel Bay's Cape St. Blaize to the Gourits River Mouth in the company of a knowledgeable and entertaining local guide - and discover ancient history that goes back to the dawn of modern human behaviour. 

You'll walk in the company of new friends in a small group (usually no more than about 12 guests). 

  • Includes accommodation, guide fees, luggage transport, and all meals (on some days you’ll carry your own picnic lunch, on others we'll serve lunch on the beach)
  • Accommodation is provided in superbly-appointed local guesthouses - with some nights at the traditional-style Sandpiper Cottages at Boggomsbaai

You’ll walk carrying just your daypack - but you’ll leave with more than a pack-full of memories!

RatesOystercatcher Trail

  • R 6,850.00 per person sharing (minimum 4 guests)
  • Please talk to us if your party includes less than 4 people - we can try to arrange for you to walk with another group, which'll ensure that the price remains as quoted (and that you'll make new friends!)
  • Rates valid to 10 December, 2017

Optional extras

  • Point of Human Origins Experience: www.humanorigin.co.za 
  • Drinks will be charged to your personal account
  • Massages at Sandpiper Sports Centre (please arrange with us before your Trail begins)

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The Oystercatcher Trail: day-by-day

Day 1: Mossel Bay

Dinner and a good rest before the walking begins
  • Arrive and check-in at your accommodation in Mossel Bay
  • Enjoy sundowners with a member of the Oystercatcher Trail team
  • Dinner at a local restaurant (transport will be arranged by the restaurant. Drinks for your own account).

Day 2: Mossel Bay to Dana Bay

Today's walk: mostly cliff paths. Amazing views!
  • Todays walking: 15 km
  • Your guide will meet you at your guest house, and will arrange your luggage for collection by our road transport service.
  • Please remember to carry your day pack with you - with sunblock, a towel, swimming costume, camera, etc.
  • Walk to a local restaurant for breakfast; you’ll receive an Oystercatcher Trail water bottle and your lunch-pack for the day.
  • Walk with your guide to the St. Blaize Cave for the actual start of your Oystercatcher Trail.
  • Meander and explore with your guide along the cliffs and contour paths, and via the St Blaize Trail and Pinnacle Point Golf & Beach Estate to Dana Bay.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch en route.
  • Road transport from Dana Bay to Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai, where welcome snacks will be served.
  • Dinner at Sandpiper Sports Centre (Drinks for your own account).
  • Overnight at Sandpiper Cottages 

Day 3: Dana Bay to Boggomsbaai

Today's route: mostly beachy!
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  • Today’s walking: 12 km
  • Breakfast at Sandpiper Sports Centre. Receive you lunch packs for the day - and remember to replenish your Oystercatcher Trail water bottle!
  • Road transport to Dana Bay to continue your walk.
  • Today you’ll be walking along the beach - with frequent sightings of dolphins and (between May and October), the migratory southern right whales that come here to mate and calve.
  • Visit ancient Khoi San middens in the dunes, and enjoy a picnic lunch en route.
  • Welcome snacks at Sandpiper Cottages.
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • This might be a good time for a pampering massage at the Sandpiper Spa (but this is an optional extra - please arrange it with us before your trail begins). Or you could play a game on the Sandpiper Sports Centre’s tennis court or glass back squash court, or enjoy a bit of chill time on the deck.
  • Dinner at Sandpiper Sports Centre.
  • Overnight at Sandpiper Cottages

Day 4: Boggomsbaai to Gourits River

From beaches to rocky shores.
  • Today’s walking: 21 km
  • Breakfast at Sandpiper Sports Centre.
  • Walk along the beach and rocky shore to Fransmanshoek - a small nature reserve with abundant bird life and beautiful veld flowers (where La Fortune was wrecked in 1763 en route from Mauritius to France: Fransmanshoek means ‘French Corner’).
  • Enjoy a beach lunch, and snorkeling and swimming in the secluded bay.
  • Walk to Kanon Private Nature Reserve (about 3 km east of the Gourits River Mouth), which protects one of the few remaining patches of Gourits Coastal Dune Thicket.
  • Visit ancient Khoi San fish traps and the giant dunes along the way - and if you’re fit enough, you might like to climb the dunes!
  • Continue walking to the Gourits River Mouth.
  • Cross the river by boat
  • Road transport back to Sandpiper Cottages
  • Farewell Dinner at the Sandpiper Sport Centre. (Drinks for your own account).
  • Overnight at Sandpiper Cottages.

Day 5: Goodbye!

Your last, lingering breakfast with us. Sigh...
  • Breakfast at Sandpiper Sports Centre.
  • Road transport to Mossel Bay.
  • Let the memories begin!