• World-Renowned

    Slackpack Hiking Trail in the Garden Route

  • Guided Slackpacking Trail

    Ocean-side walking tours

  • Slackpacking

    Eco and cultural educational value

  • Beachside Walks

    Experience a tour of a lifetime

  • Explore Marine Life

    On the rugged South Cape coastline

  • An Iconic Hiking Experience

    Since 2002

Guided Walking Tours Along the Beaches, Dunes, Cliffs and Fynbos on the rugged South Cape Coastline from Mossel Bay to Gouritz on the Garden Route.

One of the first to introduce the Slackpacking Hiking concept - The Oystercatcher Trail is founded in 2002.
The Oystercatcher Trail is truly a wonderful experience that will change your outlook on nature and life...

The World-Renowned Oystercatcher Trail: It’s a love affair with nature.

Hike the largely undeveloped South Cape(Garden Route) coastline between Mossel Bay and Gourikwa Private Nature Reserve, crossing the spectacular Gouritz River along the way.

The Mossel Bay area features the Big 5 of the ocean being a World-class biodiversity hotspot. During the mild cooler  months, Whales come in to give birth in the quiet protected bays. Dazzling us with their displays of breaching and lob-tailing. 

The combination of bird and marine life as well as a great variety of Fynbos species, makes it a nature enthusiast paradise!

Leave your luggage at your accommodation, so you only need carry a small day-pack on your walk. Making hiking a real slackpacking pleasure.

Overnight accommodation in well appointed coastal establishments, which are confirmed according to group size and hiking duration are included in our full board trails or a self-catering option is available on request

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An Iconic Hiking Experience

Since 2002

It's a love affair with nature

Guest Reviews

  • Wonderful experience for body, psyche and soul

    It was a wonderful experience for body, psyche and soul. Being so close to the sea, on the beach, over the rocks, amongst the fynbos. The weather was excellent, our guide Chris very informative, respectful and kind. The accommodation excellent, the breakfasts / lunches / suppers very tasteful. The hosts were friendly and checked in regularly. I reflect back on the experience daily. We are already planning a next... Read this review



  • I wish I could do this walk every month

    I would love to do this every month - it was spectacular. The accommodation was lovely, and it showcased some of the best coastal scenery in South Africa.

    Cobus P


  • Great coastal hike

    We are a group of 12 ladies who do a yearly hike over woman’s day in August and the Oystercatcher trail did not disappoint this year. Mia, Willem and our guide Georgia went out of their way for us; meeting us with champagne on the boat at Gouritzriver, adjusting the complete 4 day hike into 3 days and arranging a lovely warm lunch on day 2. Such attention to... Read this review

    Liezet B


  • We just had the most awesome 3 days. The hike is a spiritual reawakening. It’s challenging but doable. Taylor, our guide was amazing. The scenery is spectacular. Our accommodation was fantastic too. Highly recommend. Thanks Mia and Willem.

    Martine Schaffer

    South Africa

  • What an awesome experience, Chris is an extremely knowledgeable guide - what an outstanding outdoor adventure. Accommodation and food superb - all wonderful people deserve a huge shoutout.

    Glenham Griffiths

    South Africa