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Shipwrecks from Port Alfred to Waterloo Bay. A hiker must take into consideration that most of the ships that sank in the early 1800’s will not be visible anymore. They were built from wood/steel and masts that stick out of the water would be covered in marine growth now. Some of the vessels that offloaded in the Kowie area were Barques, Flutes, Brigs, Schooners and later sail and steam vessels, which were some of the ships that ran aground. The ...

Brenda, Penny, Terry, Pam & Wendy

Brenda, Penny, Terry, Pam & Wendy
We all just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the hike and how well organised it all was.  Please thank everyone involved from us all.  We all  had a wonderful time! The accommodation was absolutely fabulous and all of it so different which was great.  We felt that everybody had gone that extra mile to make us feel comfortable and welcome.  The birdsong in the morning was amazing.  ...

Rob

Rob
A five-day hike with a Slack-packing option from Port Alfred to the Fish River.We enjoyed the beauty of this coastline and the private farms on which we stayed.The huts are rudimentary but the setting of most of the huts was unique and special. ...

Danny W

Danny W
The Shipwreck trail, which takes 6 days (5nights) is one of the best trails I have done. The scenery is exquisite and the trail takes advantage of the unspoiled natural beauty of the environment to deliver an experience that is diverse and interesting. Dave Marais, who has decades of experience in hiking in Africa, is a marvellous host, just the right amount of information and guidance, and clearly taking pleasure in our enjoyment of his hike. From the...

Meet Dave

Dave’s interest in the outdoors started way back in his Boy Scout years, and later he joined the Border Outdoor Adventure Association, the hiking club for East London’s families & singles. He became a Committee member and advises landowners on trail development. Meeting like-minded hikers, he led hikes around SA and backpacked through Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Congo (Congo River Adventure). He also visited the goril...

Great Fish Point Light House

Great Fish Point Light House
The Great Fish Point lighthouse is situated at Great Fish Point near the mouth of the Great Fish River a mere 25 km from the coastal holiday resort of Port Alfred. The establishment of this lighthouse arose out of a recommendation from the Lighthouse Commission of the time appointed by the Governor of the Cape Colonial Government in 1890. The construction of the lighthouse was delayed and was only lit on 1 July 1898. The 9 metre octagonal masonry tower...

Three Sisters Rocks

Three Sisters Rocks
Standing out as you walk along the beach from Riet River. They were first called Fountain Rocks, because of the spectacular sight from shore and at sea when waves break up against them. They received the name from Bartholomew Diaz in 1488 while he had crew ashore looking for fresh water. They were given the present name about 1829 after the three Graces, from east to west the goddesses Euphrosyne, Thalia and Aglaia Collect shells, do some fishing o...

Our Suggested list of things to take on your hike!

A comfortable backpack and a good water bottle are absolutely essential and comfortable strong shoes are also very important. The weight of your backpack (packed) should not exceed one third of your body weight. Hikers must be fairly fit and should definitely get exercise before any hiking trail. Don't carry too many things with you. Everything, even the smallest item, must be as light as possible. Your backpack should always be packed to keep the l...