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If you are looking for the ideal trek in the Western Cape, take a look at this inspiring hike that’s suitable for experienced hikers that have a reasonable level of fitness. Trekking in South Africa is immensely rewarding for many reasons, not least the stunning scenery over oceans and mountains, rivers and plateaus.
There are so many beautiful landscapes to discover in this country, and trekking is the perfect way to experience the true beauty of the great outdoors. This trek in the Western Cape is a popular trek for those with a little experience. While it is challenging, it will provide plenty of rewards.
De Hoop Whale Trail
The De Hoop Whale Trail is one of the most popular in the region and stretches for around 57km. Doing the whole trek will take you about five days and the cost of the trek is in the region of R5,500 per person. When trekking you will journey through the De Hoop Nature Reserve, which is set on the coast of the Western Cape and goes from Potberg to Koppie Alleen. As you trek for the five days you will see the ocean and get a variety of different views of this stunning sight.
The main draw of this trek is the whales. If you book the trek for the right time – between June and December – you may be able to see huge groups of the southern right whale in attendance. Take binoculars to get a better view of the sight of whales just a few kilometres off the coast. As well as the whales you can expect to see a wide variety of indigenous flora as this area is part of the floral kingdom on the Cape. The trek itself is mildly strenuous and there is normally a lower age limit in place.
What to Pack for your Trek
When you book your trek with a trek operator they will tell you what you need to bring specifically for the De Hoop Whale Trail. But there are certain items you will need wherever you trek in South Africa, including:
- a sturdy backpack
- a sleeping bag
- a dry sack
- rainproof gear
- good comfortable clothing for hiking
- good quality hiking boots
- a swimsuit
- a towel
- water bottles
- bug repellent
- a good quality hat
Most importantly, be sure to pack in your medical aid card… it’s not to say that something fatal may happen to you on these treks, it’s just important that you are covered in the event that you fall victim to a minor incident.
Safety and Security While Trekking
Ensure the best possible safety and security for your trip by booking with an experienced and professional guide. You should also take some precautions prior to leaving such as buying travel insurance online, making sure your mobile has a small portable charger, and that you have the right maps and compasses for your journey.
Getting fit and healthy before the trek will also ensure that you have a better, safer time when you are hiking one of these challenging trails in South Africa. Find out more about some of the top treks in SA on the Hippo blog.
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