Hunter Gatherer Trail

Mossel Bay, Western Cape

Coastal hiking has always been popular and this has been recognized by private entrepreneurs as new trails open up along our Indian and Atlantic Ocean coastlines on a regular basis. The Hunter Gatherer Trail combines the stunning coastline of the Garden Route with the ancient history of the Khoi San, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Come and explore the coastline with experienced guides who take great pride in interpreting the coastline for you.


The Area

 The area and terrain that will be covered are the unspoilt beaches east and  west of Boggomsbaai, the rocky shores from Vleesbaai to Fransmanshoek, the beaches and massive dunes west of Fransmanshoek and a section of the Gourits river. Daily and total distances can vary, depending on the group and on the discoveries of the day.

There are 2 camps where hikers will stay
(a) Tented - edge of the dune camp, at Vleesbaai ( 1st and 2nd nights) . All basic braai, cooling, cooking and ablution facilities provided. Tents each have 2 single beds with mattresses and pillows. First 2 nights spent here.
(b) Pondokkie at Boggomsbaai (3rd and 4th nights) 1 dormitory bedroom with 6 bunk beds and comfortable mattresses and 1 bedroom with double bed. Small kitchen, 2 plate gas stove, no fridge, but ice and cool boxes available. Lounge area with large open cook-in fireplace and wood burning stove. Also provided are mattress covers and a pillow. Outside shower. Toilet, basin and indoor shower separate, Outside braai lapa. Additional optional private tent for two in the bush nearby available.
Nights 3 and 4 are spent here.

Hikers to provide their own sleeping bags. Pillows provided.
Two options:-
(a) Self catering, whereby the hikers bring all their own food
(b) We provide per person, food packs consisting of selection of vegetables in season, fruit selection, bread flower, maize flower, rice, milk, sugar, coffee, tea, salt and pepper, basic spices, eggs, butter, jam, cooking oil, yoghurt and muesli, Meat packs consisting of the following options, sosaties-chicken and beef, lamb chops, pork chops, boerewors, ostrich.
General notes: (inclusive)
We provide all the wood for the braais.
Pots and pans and all cutlery and crockery available
• Hikers keep their camps and wash their own dishes
• Hikers prepare all their own meals
We have drinks available for sale.


Day 1 Arrival
Self drive to Vleesbaai or pre arranged pick up in afternoon near Mossel Bay..
18h00 Meet and greet and program discussion and handout of maps and aerials Discussion of interest. Elect a clan leader for group.
Night 1  Hikers braai and prepare all meals as well as their own lunch packs. Study maps and aerials for shore line walk next day. Read about area’s history and ecology also history of Khoi San (Hunter Gatherers) and their weapons, life styles and diets.
Study given way points and locality of middens, oystercatcher nests and many other marine organisms of interest.


Day 2              Breakfast and preparation of lunch packs for the day - self prepared. Rooms/tents to be neat, clean  and dishes washed and packed away. Braai area cleaned up, fire doused and wood packed for night’s fire. Day packs, lunch packs and water bottles prepared by hikers. Depart on hike approx 08h30 from camp either via Fransmanshoek or via Kanon bay, depending on tides for the day. Visit Fonteintjies, dune middens, fish traps  and observe the dynamics of beach, ocean, birds, mammals and marine organisms as set out above. Take costumes and snorkels for swim at Fransmanshoek. Make notes of anything of interest.  Do not move too close to Oystercatcher and Sand Plover nests. Do not trample on sensitive dune vegetation or on middens.Experience and explore the dynamics of a living, sandy beach, a rocky shore, rich with marine life, currents, tides, shore breeding birds, marine organisms  and sensitive dune systems.Arrive back at overnight approx 16h00. Go for shower and clean up and prepare for night`s  relaxation

Distance- 2 options: Either 12 km`s or 20 km`s depending on the fitness and of interest level of the group.


Night 2            Prepare dinner and free time for all. If cloud base allows, try and locate  and identify stars. Listen to night sounds, owls, night jars etc.

 Day 3              Early rise. Clean up and pack up. Prepare breakfast. Take sleeping bags and whatever else you would need for next  2  overnights at Boggomsbaai. You will not be returning to this camp. Leave accommodation in good and clean order.  Enjoy breakfast and depart at 08h00 for hike via Vleesbaai to Pondokkie at Boggomsbaai, where you will leave your sleeping bags etc. Remember to take left over food packs. New food packs available at Pondokkie. 1st Leg of hike is along beach for 4 km`s, drop off all surplus items at Pondokkie and continue along sandy beach and dune area east toward the Blinde River at Dana Bay.This could be  a long day. Take lots of water.

Distance optional from 12 km`s to 20 km`s depending on group.

  Night 3            Settle in rustic accommodation at pondokkie. Prepare evening meal/braai either in outside lapa or inside pondokkie, depending on weather. Relax, everybody at leisure.


 Day 4              Early up and breakfast.  Camp clean up. Fire doused.

Pick up will be made at 08h30. Transport provided to Gourits river for kayaking. Take own food along for lunch, also drinking water. Kayak launching for trip  down river toward river mouth or toward mountains. The  distance is 12/15 km`s or as decided by guide and clan leader. Life jackets are available. Take along costumes, binocs and cameras for fish eagle  and water bird sightings. Small fishing rods will be available for spooning possibly leervis (garrick) or bait for grunter. Lovely to eat that night. Only licenced individuals will be permitted to fish. Spend the whole day on and at the river, weather permitting.

Pick up at 16h00 for return transport to pondokkie camp. Spend last night around the fire.. 


Day 5              Breakfast, camp clean up. Prize giving and data collection discussion. Depart approx mid morning for own destination  after short walk through Valley bush for wrap up of herb identification.





A new generation of hiking trails is coming along that is opening up the sport to a new, much larger market. Traditional hikers may not like the idea of guided trails like this one but to the young and newcomers they present a alluring option. The Indian Ocean coastline is one of the most spectacular in the world and it is a credit to Fred who has opened up this area to the tourism market.




Bookings for the Hunter Gatherer Trail can be made through

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