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“The world as it once was” 5 of 5 stars
Review of De Hoop Whale Trail

De Hoop Whale Trail
De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp, South Africa
0861 33 4667
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Bredasdorp
Type: Trails
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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“The world as it once was”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I felt as though I was walking through the world as it was before man arrived - unsurpassed varieties of wild flowers and plants, whales wallopping in the sea, long sandy beaches, rocks, cliffs and pools for incredible picnics. Good, clean huts, mostly set in unbelievably beautiful locations. Never to be forgotten.

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King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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“Awesome experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We hiked this must-do in a group of 12 and was spoilt with awesome views, a lovely hike but especially with warm showers and the fact that one doesn't need to carry all your things on your back for this trail. If possible do try to go when the dolphins and whales are around.

Visited February 2012
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Cape Town
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“An Overall amazing experience but glaring maintenance issues!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This trail, judging from its popularity both locally as well as internationally, should be a shining example of what this country with its unique diversity of flora and fauna can offer its visitors. This trail consists of interesting and very different undulating terrains which one can walk at a pretty leisurely pace as there is plenty of time to get to the next hut each day. The huts are on the whole pretty clean and well stocked with cutlery,crockery, and cooking utensils. However, one thing to note is that there are only 2 burners so it is wise to bring your own portable burner to prevent waiting in line for a cooking spot. The kettle on hand is often far too small for 12 people, and much larger ones are required. Two would be even better. There were ongoing problems with the hot water geysers. At Potberg our men in the group had to work and fiddle around with the temperature gauge before we were able to get hot water, and at Hamerkop no amount of persuasion would get the second geyser to work so no hot water in the one shower at all! Also no matches were provided at this hut as were provided in the others. Luckily someone had some matches so we were saved. This total lack of attendance to such issues is really unacceptable. All huts should be checked that everything is in working order before their guests arrive! At Noetsie if you want to braai outside you are at the elements' mercy at the beautiful yet partially roofed barbeque area on the water's edge. The kitchen is tiny which very little working space and having 12 people try to crowd in there all at once endeavoring to cook can become a bit problem in inclement weather! The position of this area is really beautiful situated on the rocks near a large beach. However the hiking trail leading to Noetsie is totally overgrown, and badly eroded and filled with alien vegetation.NO effort has been made to maintain these paths with good conservation techniques and there are rickety wooden bridges over stagnant water which could cause injury. One is also met periodically with branches and bushes seemingly specifically placed across the trail to 'stop' you from crossing which we all find very puzzling. There are also no good signage on the trail especially when there are beach as well as cliff paths to choose from. Good swimming areas should be well signposted as well as geological points of interest. There are fascinating rock formations and one would like to now more about them.
The final hut , Hamerkop, spectacularly perched on a cliff overlooking the sea has 1
room of 6 bunks, one of 4 and an awful loft room upstairs with just two mattresses thrown on the floor. There was no air as the windows are glued shut!!The latter is unacceptable accommodation and those unlucky people had to sleep on the floor in the kitchen! The door handle was off one of the toilets.
Coming off the trail in the rain, we telephoned the office to change the collection time to 12pm instead of 1pm and was promised that the change would be relayed to the driver. Needless to say this was never done and after a few phone calls ( with intermittent coverage) we were finally collected at 12.45. Needless to say we were very tired, and hot by then. The ablution block was at the end of the trip ( back at the parking area at Potberg) were old and dirty and the shower did not work.
The Whale trail is a most beautiful trail along pristine coastline, warm waters, magnificent scenery and if you are lucky ( as we were) you could be treated to a display of wave surfing by schools of dolphins during your hike. It is really worth doing, but I hope that Cape Nature Conservation gets their act together to provide what they profess to do, so that people get what they pay for!

Visited December 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“interesting experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Enjoyed the trail although it rained the whole time and we had to be evacuated. A couple of the cottages did not have hot water and the one leaked appallingly, but still a lovely trail.

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“Do it!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

This is a once in a lifetime experience!! I would definitely recommend it!

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