South Africa hiking holiday on the Sunshine Coast

“Six hour hikes combine with luxury log cabins, kayaks and cruise boats to present a five day small group holiday that's active but also allows hikers to make the most of SA's Sunshine Coast.”

Highlights

Port Elizabeth | Woody Cape | Addo Elephant National Park | Cannon Rocks | kayak on Bushman's River | Kariega River | Rinkhals Rock | Bretton Beach | Kelly Beach | sunset cruise on Kowie River |

Description of South Africa hiking holiday on the Sunshine Coast

This hiking holiday on South Africa’s scintillating Sunshine Coast is all you need to experience the very best of the country’s Eastern Cape with the stretch of coast between Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred providing an incredible variety of natural beauty and characterful seaside communities.

From the shifting sand dunes at Woody Cape to colonies of gannets and penguins occupying Bird Island, just offshore, this five day hiking holiday takes you over some of South Africa’s finest beaches where wildlife abounds both on and off the coast.

Following a locally qualified guide allows you to gain insight into the natural and human history of South Africa’s Sunshine Coast with tales of Portuguese shipwrecks, British settlers and Xhosa tribes offering an exciting accompaniment to watching out for dolphins and whales whilst you walk.

Accommodation comes in the form of luxury log cabins and cosy cottages with local restaurants offering sustenance after a good day spent walking in Addo Elephant National Park or kayaking on Bushman's River.

This five day hike makes a perfect addition to a Garden Route to Cape Town holiday with South Africa’s Sunshine Coast conjuring up endless enduring images to ensure you really get to grips with one of the world's most enthralling shorelines.

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2017: 27 Nov, 4 Dec
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Africa hiking holiday on the Sunshine Coast

Environment

Wildlife:
On our walks, we find a lot of debris washed on the shores and we encourage our guests to take one piece of rubbish along with them each day and dispose of it upon reaching our destination. We also look to pick up all fishing line left on the beaches or which has been washed up and disposed in the reciprocals which are placed at all the swimming beaches. In addition we act as custodians for our beaches and marine life and very often young seals, penguins and birds are often spotted exhausted on the beach which we report to the SPCA with pinned markers so that they can capture the animals and transfer them to the Port Elizabeth aquarium for rehabilitation and release. This can even go so far as assisting whales and/or dolphins which have beached to return to the water or reporting these incidents to the authorities for assistance.

We visit the Woody Cape section of the Addo Elephant National Park and pay entrance fees for such, and in so doing help to conserve this extremely sensitive and important protected area.

Water:
South Africa is an extremely water scarce country and very recently is in the grips of a 30 year drought. we only utilize rain water for our drinking water and make use of re-usable water containers throughout our trips, urging guests to re-use their containers and filling up at the designated rain-water points, without buying bottled water and limiting the amount of plastic rubbish from disposed water bottles.

All the accommodation establishments that we stay at burn exotic problem plants wood such as Eucalyptus and Black wattle, for heating and cooking so we assist in problem plant eradication as well as not over utilize our natural indigenous flora.

Community

A fair deal:

We only employ locally qualified guides and give very good working conditions as well as only using accommodation which employs locals so in this way we are bringing a lot of revenue to a very under-utilized region of South Africa in terms of tourism and bringing with them a sustainable means of uplifting the local communities. We only utilize locally owned and run accommodation and restaurants who have fair practice with their local employees as well as locally produced products for the meals provided.

Travelling with respect:
We work to educate tourists of the local traditions and culture and encourage guests to converse with and get a feeling for different traditions and cultures and in this particular region it is the Xhosa people who have a proud history and culture, we look to have all our guests greeting the locals in their own language and in this way begin conversations...which is what travelling is all about!

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