The Perlemoen Running trail, centred around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Hermanus / Gansbaai, provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves.
We offer a 3 day running trail in the Hermanus / Gansbaai area with catered (Guesthouse accommodation and meals if available otherwise a private house with all meals provided) or self-catering (holiday units/holiday homes/Backpackers, own meals) packages. The runners can be accompanied by a guide at R500 per day extra or they can follow the instructions and markers and do it on their own. Some areas are only accessible by permits, which Perlemoen will provide for you.
On Day 1 the trail hugs the coast from De Dam to Plaatjieskraal.Run through coastal fynbos, along rocky coasts, fascinating limestone and sandstone sea cliffs and outstretched sandy beaches, past Quoin Point lighthouse with lunch on the rocks at Buffelsjag. Encounter the legacy of the Flying Dutchman phantom ship (Ship in the Pirates of the Carribean - Dead man's Chest)' Decide whether you want to do the longer – extra 7km - option, over easy flat terrain along the coast, including the Otari Maru shipwreck to visit the sand-engulfed ‘Spookdorp’ and swim in the tidal pool. Meet local fisherman en route.
On Day 2 the trail follows the beach to Franskraal (12 km) to visit the museum and then to Kleinbaai (15km). Follow the rocky coast and remote white sandy beaches along the ‘Gruis’ where there is ample opportunity to swim in rock pools or surf the waves. You are bound to see dolphins playing in the surf, seals scattering over rocky shores as well as the endangered Black Oyster Catcher (Swart Tobie) and multitudes of other sea birds. At the little Strandveld museum you can listen to the tragic stories of the Birkenhead and other shipwrecks of days gone by as told by the writer SD Fourie and her husband Oom Jan "Pyp" Fourie.
Day 3 runs from Gansbaai, along the rocky coast, with its caves and excellent whale watching, to Die Plaat (13 km). Run from the Gansbaai harbour all along the unsurpassed scenic beauty until you arrive at the De Kelders cliffs with its world class whale viewing. Visit easily accessible caves. Entering some of the caves is optional ... for the more adventurous. The views over the coast at Die Plaat are unparallel. Visit intimate coves for swimming along the trail and experience massive breakers thundering against the sea cliff
Or split our trails and walk on day one, run on day two and cycle on day three or mix and match to suit your needs.
Additional days can be added with our exciting activities like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals, dive with Great White Sharks, an Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milk wood forest or do some horseriding. Other options are wine route, an abalone farm visit and many more ...
- Groups to consist of 5 people or more
- Use trail at own risk
- Obey all traffic regulations
- Yield for pedestrians and horses
- Do not run alone
- Route is for your enjoyment and that of others
- Perlemoen permit holders ONLY
- Limited to no cell phone signal
- Stay on the route
- No litter / No Fires / No smoking / No shouting
- No Quads / Motorcycles / Vehicles on trail
- Farm vehicles and workers have right of way
- Hikers and horses have right of way
- Close all gates
**Self-catered accommodation implies own bedding, self catering, bunk beds, etc. and fully catered is staying in a fully catered B&B.
**If you agree and if there are more bookings on your preferred date, we can merge your group with others but unfortunately we cannot reduce the rate as you pay per person per booking.
**Please note that December and April prices might differ as accommodation prices are higher. If bookings for December and April holidays and Easter Weekend are done within 2 months of the trip, the sliding scale will not apply due to accommodation prices ie 10 people booking in November and December will pay the same as 1 or 2 people.
**These prices vary and a quotation and more detailed information will be given upon request