THE BIOSPHERE BREAKER WAY 3:

– A slack-pack walk from Hermanus to Pringle Bay
– Luggage transported
– Comfortable guest accommodation
– Guided by accredited guides
– Informative talks on the history of the area, the fauna, the flora (fynbos) and the marine life
– DBB, lunches, tastings, guiding and talks included
– Shuttle services en route included
– Moderate hiking fitness required
– Minimum of 8 to a maximum of 12 per group to ensure exclusivity

ARRIVAL:

Check in at their accommodation near the old harbour in Hermanus any time after 14h00. Guests will be met by their guides at 17h30 prior to dinner.

THE ROUTE:

DAY 1:

After breakfast at 08h00 you will be collected by your guides and shuttled to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve where you will view the fynbos display at the beginning of the hike. The party proceeds up to the ridge with its stunning views of the Hermanus coastline and then descends into the beautiful Hemel and Aarde Valley, well known for its quality wines. A picnic lunch will be served at one of the wineries followed by a wine tasting. Guests are then shuttled to Hermanus for a casual walk along the coastline to their Guest House or alternatively enjoy a visit to the local Abalone Factory.
Moderate, following footpaths up and down mountain.
Distance: 15Km
Altitude gained: 394m
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DAY 2:

SONY DSC Guests will be shuttled to Kleinmond harbour where we proceed to Palmiet River mouth and then continue alongside the Palmiet Estuary and follow the Palmiet River to have lunch at Oudebosch Nature Reserve. Guests will spend the afternoon exploring the Palmiet River Loop with it’s astounding variety of fynbos and enormous pools. Overnight at the award winning Eco Cottages of Oudebosch Nature Reserve, depending on availability.
Moderate, beach walk, level, gentle uphill.
Distance: 16km
Mainly sea level.

DAY 3:

After breakfast we walk from Oudebosch up the valley, through the Indigenous Forest, past the top of Luipaardskloof waterfall and down the zigzag path into the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Lunch will be served at the Red Disa restaurant in the Gardens, after which we will proceed to the coastline via Dawidskraal where we hear about the threatened Oystercatcher. We then stroll along the Betty’s Bay shoreline to see the penguin colony at Stoney Point. Here we will all say goodbye. Guests will be transported back to their cars or shuttle transfer.
Moderate to energetic.
Distance: 12km
Mainly sea level.
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THIS WHOLE AREA OFFERS AN INCREDIBLE BIODIVERSITY AND BREATHTAKING SCENERY. BE WARNED HOWEVER, THAT THE WEATHER WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE AS THIS AREA IS ALONGSIDE THE COAST AND PRONE TO SEASONAL WINDS AND UNSETTLED CONDITIONS. GUESTS ARE WELL ADVISED TO HAVE SUITABLE ATTIRE FOR ALL CONDITIONS. ADVERSE WEATHER COULD INFLUENCE A CHANGE TO THE HIKING PLAN AFTER CONSULTING WITH THE GROUP.