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Hike With Willemien The Spectacular Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is named after the southern right whales that come to calve and breed between June and December each year.

“The Whale Trail is a spectacular multi-day hike that deserves to be on your hiking trail bucket list. To broaden the appeal, De Hoop offers a slack packing option, making it a no-brainer to include those extra creature comfort items that always get the last-minute boot. The 5-day trail offers a variety of scenery with each night’s accommodation spent in a breathtaking location. From hilltop walking with views for days, to coastal paths with mysterious caves to beach paths along turquoise-colored tidal pools. Walking the Whale Trail will leave its mark in the most unexpected ways.”

Don’t get put off when you look at the list below. You only need to carry your day pack on the trail. Your extra luggage will be transported to the next overnight stop.

  • Drinking water
  • Insect repellent
  • Matches and firelighters
  • Medical kit
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Spade
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Torch
  • Towels
  • Walking shoes
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You have some good winter (June to August) days with enough sun to warm you up. Winter is also the rainy season. 

Spring (September to November) and autumn/fall (March to May) are mild and the finest hiking seasons.

Summer (December to February) temperatures are rarely high for extended periods it can get hot.

Either way, remember your hat and sunscreen!

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The Whale Trail from start to finish

Hiking etiquette

Gary Snyder, an American poet, essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist said “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

Therefore it is the right thing to do, namely practice hiking etiquette no matter which trail.


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Hike With Willemien, OutDoor Cape Town

If you’d like to hike with Willemien, then all you need to do is reach out via any of the below-mentioned social media. Or click on the FAQ section below for more detailed information about hiking with Willemien. Nature is her medicine!

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Shop hiking books - Cape Town, South Africa:
Hiking Cape Town: 35 spectacular hikes in and around Cape Town
Walking Cape Town: Urban walks and drives in the Cape Peninsula
Hiking Trails of South Africa
Walking Safaris of South Africa: Guided Walks and Trails in National Parks and Game Reserves