The Over-die-Berg Perlemoen Tip of Africa backpacking trail, centred around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Hermanus / Gansbaai, to the ruggedly beautiful coastal plain of the southernmost tip of Africa in Agulhas, consists of one to six days’ hiking (with catered as well as self-catering options).
The trail provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching on the Gansbaai and Hermanus side to the incredible natural offering, cultural heritage andfascinating history of the Agulhas, Struisbaai and Bredasdorp areas which includes a number of 15th, 16th and 17th century shipwrecks!
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 and the large extent of lowland and limestone fynbos and renosterveld of the Agulhas National Park with its indigenous plants and the rich marine and intertidal life with breeding stiles of rare coastal birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher.
Many national monuments are also found in this area, such as the Gansbaai and the Cape Agulhas Lighthouses, and significant archaeological sites along the coast with discoveries of stone hearths and pottery, which, together with shell middens, dates back to the era of the Khoisan migration and settlements.
On Day 1 follow the beach from Gansbaai to Pearly Beach (20 km) where you can pitch your tent or sleep in one of the guesthouses.
On Day 2 the trail hugs the coastline to De Damme (30 kms).
Day 3 is the start of your walk on virgin beaches as many of this coastline has never been explored. At the halfway mark ( 30 km) you will be able to rest, cook some food and have a good night’s sleep before starting on the last lap to Agulhas on Day 4.
After having a well deserved rest in Agulhas, you can take the boardwalk on Day 5 and, at long last, walk to the spot which marks the merging of the cold Atlantic and the warm Indian ocean - THE SOUTHERNMOST TIP OF AFRICA!
Explore the area or do the Ghost trail or Rasperpunt trail before getting picked up by the Perlemoen transport to take you back to your vehicles.
Please note: this trail can also be extended by another day if you would rather start in Hermanus by doing the famous Walker trail to Gansbaai.
Additional days can be added with exciting activities, organised by Over-die-Berg Perlemoen Trails, like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals around Dyer Island or an Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milk wood forest as well as a quad bike or horse rides. Other options are cage diving, wine route, an abalone farm visit and many more ...
- Use trail at own risk
- Obey all traffic regulations
- Yield for pedestrians and horses
- Do not walk 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 carrying your own tents, bedding, food, etc.
- Catered is staying in a fully catered B&B but carrying your own clothes, refreshments, food, etc except for the midpoint.
- Our luxury camping package includes our driver transporting your luggage, pitching your tent and cooking your food at the next camp site.
- Our luxury catered package includes our driver transporting your luggage to the next guesthouse while you only carry a daypack, all meals and refreshments, and dinners at restaurants where available or a prepared meal.
- Although this is a trail with maps and directions only, one of our guides can accompany you, if you so prefer, at an extra rate
- 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