Tsitsikamma Expedition

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The two-day trail covers 17 Km along the pristine Tsitsikamma coastal belt, a narrow plateau sandwiched between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Indian Ocean. All baggage is pottered to the overnight destinations, allowing hikers of all ages to experience the unrivalled beauty of the wilderness area on foot. The three nights are spent in luxury accommodation, beginning at the GRNP – Tsitsikamma Section and the route winds its way eastwards, through natural fynbos, under pristine indigenous forest, over rugged rocks at the ocean’s edge, to end at The Fernery on the Sand drift River.

Hikers have stunning views of the rugged Tsitsikamma coastline and the chances of spotting whales, dolphins and the occasional otter are good. En route, many birds including the gorgeous Knysna Loerie (Turaco) can be heard and spotted while hiking through the forest, and the endangered Oystercatcher is often to be seen on the shoreline. Swimming and snorkelling in the rock pools is possible at the discretion of the guides.

FROM R8,000.00 per person sharing.
R9,600.00 per single person

 

Please Note:

Starting Days: Hiking dates are determined by the availability of guides. Please contact reservations and they will do their best to accommodate you with your preferred dates.

Group size: Guests hike in groups of between 2 and 12 people with either one or two guides. No exceptions can be made to the group size.

The Tsitsikamma looks forward to welcoming you!

Day of Arrival

Check in is after 14h00 at the Garden Route National Park – Tsitsikamma Section Reception. Be sure to have your booking form available as this includes your entry to the Park. The balance of the afternoon is spent as you wish – there are several bird and hiking trails that are well worth walking, or you can take time to put your feet up and relax in one of the most beautiful spots on earth! Lunch is not included in the package but there is a lovely outside pub that serves a variety of meals. Guests meet at the Restaurant at 19h00 and are welcomed by the Dolphin Trail host who gives them information regarding the trail and answers any questions they may have. Dinner is enjoyed to the sound of the pounding Indian Ocean.

Hiking Day 1

Breakfast is served in the restaurant at 08h00 after which hikers meet up with their guide/s and hand over their luggage. When the group is, ready hikers depart along the boardwalk to Storms River Mouth. After crossing the suspension bridge, they follow the coast in an easterly direction with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. Opportunities for spotting whales and dolphins are good, and there are beautiful rock pools and route for swimming. Arrival time at Misty Mountain depends on the speed of the hikers and the amount of time spent enjoying the magnificent environment. You will be given a warm welcome and can enjoy an ice-cold drink or a hot cup of tea before being shown to your luxury chalet with a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean. The balance of the afternoon is for you to relax and enjoy at your leisure. Meet for drinks at 18h30 and watch the sun set over the sea before tucking into a delicious dinner.

Hiking Day 2

After a hearty breakfast hiker leave Misty Mountain Reserve at 09h30 and follow a steep path from their chalets straight down to the rock pools. Today’s route is mainly at sea level where you can enjoy the beautiful plant life and rocky scenery. Swimming and snorkelling are possible in a couple of rock pools en route and at times you are required to clamber over rocks that are often damp from the sea spray, so do take care. After a stiff climb up the cliff on to level ground, you will reach a beautiful spot in the forest – and lunch. Enjoy it and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the magnificent forest before setting off on the last 3 km through indigenous fynbos to The Fernery. Hikers arrive at the Fernery in the mid-afternoon and after being shown to their chalets, can either relax in this beautiful setting or make use of the swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna facilities. Evening drinks are served in the Lodge from 18h30, followed by an excellent 3 course menu a la carte dinner.

Day of Departure

Breakfast is at 08h30 after which guests set off on a scenic 4×4 trip through the historic Storms River Pass on the way back to the GRNP – Tsitsikamma Section and their vehicles.

All scheduled transfers of hikers and their luggage are included in the Dolphin Trail package. Special transfers, outside of the schedule, must be arranged with the Dolphin Trail Reservations Team and will be billed as an additional charge.

Please Note:

Starting Days: Hiking dates are determined by the availability of guides. Please contact reservations and they will do their best to accommodate you with your preferred dates.

Group size: Guests hike in groups of between 2 and 12 people with either one or two guides. No exceptions can be made to the group size.

Trail Closure: The trail is closed from mid-December until early January.

Age limit: Due to the nature of the trail we regret that we do not accept bookings for children under the age of 12 years. No upper age limit has been set as it is determined purely by the fitness of the individual.

Booking Procedure: All quotes are subject to availability and a reservation is only made and confirmed on receipt of a booking form and a 50% deposit. Final payment is required one month prior to the starting date of the trail.

The Dolphin Trail road map, including the hiking trail and return journey via the old pass