If you are looking for an unforgettable experience along the Whale Coast in the Western Cape then the 5-day G!ano Coastal Hiking Trail and the 3-day Whale Coast Adventure are for you! Explore the beauty of the region’s pristine white beaches and coastal wilderness, allowing you to immerse yourself in an authentic African experience coupled with adventure.
Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the 5-day G!ano Coastal Hiking Trail which offers the choice between a lighter 42km or full 50km slack-packing route, taking in the coastal beauty of the Cape Whale Coast, starting at Quion Point Reserve and ending in Walker Bay Reserve. This unique nature experience allows you to explore the undeveloped and untouched beaches of the Whale Coast. The tour is professionally interpreted, stopping at historically significant sites and learning about with special insights into marine ecology, local plants and wildlife an in-depth understanding of Khoisan history and the many shipwrecks in the waters nearby. The trip includes an unforgettable gastronomic foraging experience.
The rich diversity of wildlife which can only found here, combined with the freshest air and spectacular natural scenery around every point, makes the 5-day G!ano Coastal Hiking Trail a top adventure for family and friends.
The 3-day Whale Coast Adventure is perfect if you are looking for an active scenic adventure. You will experience all of the natural splendour that the West Coast has to offer to taking in the amazing afternoon sun and sunset. The 3-day Whale Coast Adventure is full of exciting activities, enjoy a guided sand dune trail on Fatbikes, ride down the dunes to the seaside and enjoy the fantastic scenery of the Fynbos. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try to tackle cycling up the steep sand dunes. Nature lovers will enjoy the indigenous plants and animals throughout the area, there is so much to see and photograph.
Other adventure activities include an early morning shark cage diving adventure and an afternoon sunset horse ride on the beautiful Pearly Beach, about 20 minutes from Gansbaai. Riders can enjoy the beach freely and are offered the opportunity to swim in the ocean with their horses, a real bucket-list worthy adventure. After galloping on the open sand, you will relax with sundowners and snacks and then a stargazing experience.
Both experiences offer a member of staff who will document your whole trip and take photos throughout. The horses are also filmed with a drone, adding real value-added to your trip.
If you visit the area between the months of May and November, you are visiting between whale watching season. It is common to spot Southern Right whales frolicking in the water close to the shore.
There are shorter trips or day tours on offer, the perfect add-on options to add to your holiday experience in the Whale Coast area. You can choose from white shark cage diving, boat-based whale watching, zip lining, quad biking and exploring options like wine and gin tastings.