The recently opened Perlemoen Green Flag slackpacking trail, centred around Gansbaai in the Overberg, is one of South Africa's hiking trail gems.
The trail consists of three days’ hiking (with alternative shorter as well as self-catering options) and provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! It 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.
On Day 1 the Perlemoen Green Flag slackpacking trail hugs the coast from De Dam to Buffelsjag (15km) with the option of walking to Pearly Beach (another 7 km). On Day 2 the trail follows the beach to Franskraal (12 km) and Day 3 runs from Gansbaai, along the rocky coast, with its caves and excellent whale watching, to Die Plaat (8km).
Watch the video, provided by South Africa's outdoor mag "Weg!"/"Go!" (Afrikanns/English), for some great footage of the trail and the area!
Pls check the trail's website for detailed itineraries as well as the price structure.