6-Day Hike- Curlew Trail

Day 1: Get together at Dooringbaai Guesthouse.

Guests arrive at Beautiful Guesthouse in Dooringbaai, where they will leave their vehicles for the duration of the hike, and make themselves at home in comfortable accommodation. We will enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean with a nice sun-downer and a delicious dinner before going to bed.

Day 2: Take the road to Elandsbay.

We start our first day’s hike early. After receiving our day lunch pack we will be transported with a game viewing vehicle to Elandsbay where we will start our hike for the day. We have to take sleeping gear for the night and clothes for the next day’s hike. From Elandsbay we will hike along the coast for 18km to Steenboksfontein where we will be welcomed by our hosts Kitta & Herman. We will then be transported with a tractor and trailer to the caves where we will explore the area, walk the labyrinth and admire the view of some Khoisan artwork. Accommodation for this night is chalets (2 person per room sharing). Dinner will be Kitta’s treat of a West Coast cuisine with coffee and stories of years gone by before we go to bed.

Day 3: Bird Island.

After a light breakfast we will then start hiking the 9km to Lambertsbay to visit the famous Bird Island.
Lunch will be at Isabella’s restaurant, and after a delicious meal we have 12km to hike along the coast to Sopieshoogte where our transport will take us back to Dooringbaai. After a nice hot shower we will enjoy the setting sun with something in hand to wash down the dust of the day. Dinner will be served before we enjoy a good night’s rest.

Day 4: Doorignbay to Strandfontein.

After breakfast 7h00-8h00 we will start hiking from base camp (Guesthouse) in Dooringbay all along the cliff ridges for 9km where we will explore some of the local activities at the old crayfish factory. We will also enjoy some wine tasting and lunch at Fryer’s Cove. We might just have a view of the longest train in Africa passing us on it’s way to Saldanhabay. We will explore the beach and surrounding area before heading back to our guesthouse in Dooringbay.

Day 5: River-mouth boat cruise .

Wake up little Suzy….breakfast at Tiffany’s… and a long, long way to Ebenhaeser. Here we will meet our host Mr. Alan Dittmer who will escort us with a boat cruise and bird watching on the Olifantsrivier to where the river opens up at sea, From here we will hike 8km along the coast with its sandy beaches back to base camp where we will enjoy our last night together.

Day 6: Tour ends time to say Goodbye.

Its time to pack up and say our goodbyes. After breakfast we pack up and head back home.

Important Things to pack!

  • Small day back pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Own toiletries
  • Warm wind breaker
  • Hiking gear, warm clothes for evenings.
  • If preferred, own water bottle
  • Own sleeping bag and pillow
  • Extra hiking snacks if wanted.
  • Camera and binoculars.

It all starts with a unknown trail, with you leaving everything behind and walking off to where your thought are wondering around. Breath let go and remind yourself that this very moment is the only one that you know you have for sure.

The curlew trail can be personalized to accommodate hikers for a weekend hike.