The iconic Whale Trail has reopened after an extensive revamp

28 Oct 2020

The iconic and world-class Whale trail hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve will reopen on Wednesday, 28 October 2020. CapeNature prides itself on leading the way in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by a continued commitment to nature-based recreational and tourism facilities for local and international visitors to enjoy and explore.

Situated on 34 000 hectares of land, which extends 5km out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. De Hoop Nature Reserve is a firm favourite for hikers, cyclists, bird and whale watchers. One of the main attractions of the reserve has always been its world-renowned Whale Trail, a 5 day overnight hiking trail taking visitors through the beautiful terrain of the reserve.

Anton Bredell, the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape has welcomed the reopening of the CapeNature trail. “In 2018, the trail was closed to construct much needed safety upgrades and add new developments along the popular hiking route. CapeNature has upgraded and improved the trail and visitors can now look forward to an improved experience made possible through innovative and value-add enhancements.”

The five Whale Trail overnight huts lie at the foot of the Potberg Mountains, perched high on a sea cliff offering breath-taking views. Although the fully equipped huts can sleep up to 12 people at the time, the occupancy is currently restricted to 50% in line with COVID-19 regulations for dormitory-style accommodation.

Dr Razeena Omar, CEO of CapeNature says, “With South Africa’s tourism sector slowly returning to the “new normal” with the easing of regulations, the reopening of the world-renowned trail comes at a time where locals are itching to get away on much needed breaks. Annually between June and November, southern right whales make their epic journey back to the safety of these rich waters to mate and calve. The famed Whale Trail is revered as one of the most meaningful ways to experience this extraordinary phenomenon. De Hoop defies superlatives - it must be experienced to be truly understood.”

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