De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa - Whale Trail, a wild day at Vaalkrans

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape - Whale Trail, a wild day at Vaalkrans

The Whale Trail, south africa   (Photo: Gallo Images / SuperStock)

Destinations to watch in 2013

South Africa's Whale Trail passes secluded, sandy beaches, tide pools, and sea caves, and has plenty of vantage points for observing the star attraction—the abundant southern right whales that populate these waters between June and December.

The Whale Trail, de Hoop, South Africa

There are a few hiking trails that are spoken about with great awe in South Africa. The Otter Trail is one of them, because it’s so freaking hard.

De Hoop Nature Reserve  Cape South Africa, part of Whale Trail Hike

De Hoop Nature Reserve Cape South Africa, part of Whale Trail Hike

The Whale Trail - Overberg. De Hoop is a Marine Protected Area and world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching spots in the Western Cape. The whale trail is a 54km route from Potberg to Koppie Alleen and it includes five overnight stops. Hikers can savour the fragrance of fynbos on the Potberg Mountains and the unique fynbos plains intermingled with a salty sea air – such is the diversity of De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Hiking and Slackpacking with The Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg - South Africa

De Hoop Nature Reserve - whale hiking trail

De Hoop Whale Hiking Trail - Things do to in Bredasdorp - Discover South Africa

De Hoop Whale Trail - De Hoop HikingTrail - whale watching at its best! Each year from May to November about 300-400 whales visit the coast at the De Hoop nature reserve!

De Hoop Whale Trail - De Hoop HikingTrail - whale watching at its best! Each year from May to November about whales visit the coast at the De Hoop nature reserve!

The huts and A-frame shelters at Noetsie, where hikers spend the third night on the Whale Trail at the De Hoop Nature Reserve

Blinding-white sand dunes, emerald sea water and thousands of fynbos species. What more could a photojournalist ask for?

The Whale Trail - De Hoop Nature Reserve Address: De Hoop Nature Reserve  Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190. Email: reservation.alert@capenature.co.za.

The Whale Trail - De Hoop Nature Reserve Address: De Hoop Nature Reserve Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190. Email: reservation.alert@capenature.co.za.

The Whale Trail (South Africa)starts in the Potberg mountains of the De Hoop Nature Reserve (shown), then winds east down the verdant green hillsides toward the water. All along the way, trekkers gaze down on the turquoise rock pools and craggy cliff formations that make up this stretch of Indian Ocean coast. (From: Photos: Beautiful Paths of the World)

Photos: Beautiful Paths of the World

The Whale Trail (South Africa)starts in the Potberg mountains of the De Hoop Nature Reserve (shown), then winds east down the verdant green hillsides toward the water. All along the way, trekkers gaze down on the turquoise rock pools and craggy cliff formations that make up this stretch of Indian Ocean coast. (From: Photos: Beautiful Paths of the World)

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