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Offering unique experiences!

Hiking, cycling, running and outdoor adventures in South Africa.

In business since 2012, we have subsequently grown into multi-faceted tourism, able to offer our clients unique experiences. Now incorporating all our trails, tours and agencies under one name, Shark Trails Tours and Adventures, we celebrate these typical well-known South African phenomena.

We cater for all ages, fitness levels, religions, health conditions, allergies or food preferences.

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Depending on the different trails, we take groups of 1-12 people but arrangements can be made for bigger groups.

Pets are allowed (if allowed at the place of accommodation) but only if they are on a leash. Children are very welcome on our trails but pay full price, no exceptions.

We have arrangements in place with various restaurants or you will receive a voucher for your evening meal at a certain restaurant. Please feel free to tip their waiters if you are happy with their service.

You are very welcome to tip our guides, drivers and caterers as well.

Feel free to email us for information but confirmation on booking is only on full payment, within 7 days of your booking, although arrangements can be made if necessary.

As a business, we pledge a certain percentage of our income to the welfare of the homeless, also requesting our visitors to the Shark Trails' to help towards feeding the poor by bringing tins of food or other non-perishable foods that are picked up by various churches and organizations.

If you were happy, please post on our Facebook or Twitter pages, if you were unhappy, please contact us directly so that we are able to immediately sort out the problem.

Note: We are fully accredited.

Great White Shark Trails (Western Cape) - Gansbaai & Hermanus

One to seven days slackpacking trails with catered (guesthouse accommodation and meals if available otherwise a private house with all meals provided) or self-catering options. Most people prefer to use their own vehicles to get to and from their daily trails so that they can go sightseeing every day after their trail but all transport can be provided at extra cost.

The Great White Shark slackpacking trail, centered around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Hermanus / Gansbaai, consists of one to seven days hiking (with alternative longer/shorter routes and catered as well as self-catering options).

The trail provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves.

  • On Day 1 the trail hugs the coast from De Dam to Buffelsjag with the option of walking to the Ghost Town.
  • On Day 2 the trail follows the beach to Franskraal to visit the museum and then back to Kleinbaai.
  • Day 3 runs from Gansbaai, along the rocky coast, with its caves and excellent whale watching, to Die Plaat or take the shorter option of a short walk from Stanford’s Cove to De Plaat via the caves.
  • Day 4 & 5 are extensions of the standard 3-day trail and is a combination of wide open beaches alternated with beautiful rocky coastline and historical memorabilia.
  • Day 6 is the Harbour to Harbour walk from Gansbaai to Hermanus. 
  • Day 7 is a beautiful scenic route over the mountain.

Note: Days and trails may be interchangeable.

Additional days can be added with exciting activities, organized by Great White Shark Trails, like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals around Dyer Island or an Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milkwood forest as well as a quad bike or horse rides. Other options are cage diving, wine route, an abalone farm visit and much more...

Itinerary for our most popular 3-day trail may look like this:

Upon Arrival first afternoon

  • Book in, unpack and settle into your guesthouse.  Shark Trails hiking information session will follow after which you will have supper at one of our local restaurants.

Day 1
Hike through coastal fynbos, along rocky coasts, fascinating limestone and sandstone sea cliffs and outstretched sandy beaches, past Quoin Point lighthouse with lunch on the rocks at Buffelsjag. Encounter the legacy of the Flying Dutchman phantom ship (Ship in the Pirates of the Carribean - Dead Man's Chest)' Decide whether you want to do the  longer – extra 7km - option, over easy flat terrain along the coast,  including the OtariMaru shipwreck to visit the sand-engulfed ‘Spookdorp’ and swim in the tidal pool. Meet local fisherman en route. After the hike recline at your guesthouse with a cold beer / cool drink before visiting one of the local pubs/restaurants for supper while mingling with the locals.

Day 2
Follow the rocky coast and remote white sandy beaches along the ‘Gruis’ where there is ample opportunity to swim in rock pools or surf the waves. You are bound to see dolphins playing in the surf, seals scattering over rocky shores as well as the endangered Black Oyster Catcher (Swart Tobie) and multitudes of other seabirds. We visit the little Strandveld museum (optional) where you can listen to the tragic stories of the Birkenhead and other shipwrecks of days gone by as told by the writer SD Fourie and her husband Oom Jan "Pyp" Fourie. Walk back to your guesthouse. Have supper at yet another local restaurant before returning to your guesthouse for a well-deserved rest.

Day 3
Walk from the Gansbaai harbour all along the unsurpassed scenic beauty until you arrive at the De Kelders cliffs with its world-class whale viewing. Visit easily accessible caves. Entering some of the caves is optional ... for the more adventurous. The views over the coast at Die Plaat are unparalleled. Visit intimate coves for swimming along the trail and experience massive breakers thundering against the sea cliff.

Day 4, 5, 6 and 7
Day 4 and 5 are extensions of the standard 3-day trail. On these days you will pass an old shipwreck and visit the renowned Danger Point lighthouse from where the location where the famous Birkenhead sunk, can be viewed. The trail is a combination of wide open beaches alternated with beautiful rocky coastline and historical memorabilia. Day 6 is a beautiful mountain walk through the fynbos with stunning views. Day 7 (our Harbour to Harbour Trail) is the famous Walker Bay trail from Gansbaai to Hermanus.

Spend a day exploring the caves at De Kelders in Gansbaai.

The Caves trail overlaps with Day 3 of the Great White Shark trail

There is no area in the world that can boast such excellent whale watching than at De Kelders, near Gansbaai, where these magnificent creatures come (between June and December) to mate and calve in the warmer waters of South Africa. This is but one of the attractions of the Caves trail that runs all along (and below) the high cliffs overlooking the Walker Bay whale sanctuary.

It is an area of unsurpassed coastal scenery where waves crash into the deep, narrow gullies. On calm days the bays with white sandy beaches and rock pools are wonderful for swimming. Huge caverns and passageways have been carved out of the limestone rocks which overlays the sandstone formations. In some of these remnants of stalactites and stalagmites adorn the caves. In others, remnants of pre-historic cave dwellers are found that tell their stories of survival along the coast in millennia gone by. The ecology of the unique limestone fynbos which is under severe threat is an amazing feature in its own right.

It is also an area of historic value - the famous Birkenhead ran ashore at Danger Point (15 km away) in 1852 and en route on the trail you can visit ‘Die Stal’ (so-called after the legend that some of the surviving horses as well as a British officer actually washed out at this point).

Apart from the caves, the bird life – including the endangered Black Oystercatcher – is an evenly amazing feature of this trail. Hikers are bound also to see dolphins and seals playing in the surf.

This trail (which is part of the Great White Shark Trail) has been categorized by Fiona McIntosh of OUT THERE as being one of the ’best in the world’!

Caves we will visit:

Drupkelders

The most impressive cave is the Drip Cave (‘Drupkelder’); the only freshwater cave along the South African coast, made famous by the visit of Lady Anne Barnard in the 18th century. Inside, only a few meters from the high water mark, there flows a remarkable strong underground ‘river’ which supplies the town of Gansbaai with fresh water. Stories of the removal of stalactites more than 2 meters high in the previous century adds to the interesting visit.

Gideon's cave

The most exciting cave is one in which you can only crawl in at low tide and when the surf is not high. After entering the narrow passage, a huge cave opens in front of you with crashing waves behind you in the entrance. This is not for the faint-hearted but an exhilarating experience. Few people are aware of this well-hidden cave.

Duiwelsgat

Walking ten minutes further you come across a low circular wall surrounding a hole of 20m deep. Also called ‘Devil’s Hole’, the sheer cliff in front of you feels quite scary but is perfectly safe. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous you can scramble down to the shore and enter the cave from the bottom. From here you can have a look from underneath the cave upwards.The sensitive seaweed growth inside the cave makes one feel guilty of tramping on it.It has an awesome atmosphere. The cave use to be called ’Duiwegat’ which means ‘ Hole of the Doves’. At times when you look down into the hole, the birds nesting there flutter out and give you a real scare. It is told that many an animal has fallen down this cavity before the wall has been built.

Pillar Cave

The 'Dry Cave' displays the layer of cemented cobblestone that occurs at the same height all along this part of the coast. At least 20 to 30 people can sleep with ease in this cave. From inside the view over the sculptured sandstone rock formations (including ‘The Arch’) alongside Walker Bay is awesome. There is another dry cave called ‘Pillar cave’ - See photograph on the left.

Klipgat

The most well-known cave is the Klipgat cave. This is an internationally proclaimed heritage site that was originally a subterranean solution cavity, like the Cango Caves, that formed in the Bredasdorp Group Limestone millions of years ago. Much later, a rising sea level cut an opening into this and exposed the cavity, providing a dwelling place for the ancient ‘Strandlopers’. Evidence shows that later Stone Age sheep-keeping Khoi-khoi pastoralists were living here 2000 years ago. Still deeper deposits, uncovered the artifacts and some human remains are among the earliest in the world supposed to belong to Homo Sapiens. Such early remains have been found in only three South African sites. The view from the cave over ‘De Plaat’ is said to be one of the most beautiful in South Africa. An exhilarating swim at the cove will round off a perfect visit to the popular Strandveld coast.

Suggested Itinerary

Arrive early morning at a designated point in De Kelders, or accommodation can be arranged for the previous night at either a luxury B&B, standard B&B or in hiking huts. Depending on the tide and swell, the trail will start at 09h00 and the duration is approximately 4 to 5 hours.

It is suggested that a dinner at one of the many local restaurants be included after the hike; as well as a stay overnight to watch the sunset over Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary. If the weather is poor and the swell is not favoring the entry into all the caves, an evenly interesting visit to the quaint little Strandveld Museum at Franskraal may also be included in the trip.

Spend a day exploring the area from Gansbaai Harbour to Hermanus Harbour.

Harbour to Harbour trail

This area stretches along the coast from Gansbaai Harbour to Hermanus Harbour via the Hermanus Lagoon and the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. This 24km walk hugs the coastline and there are several beaches and protected coves with a variety of mammals to be seen, such as the Cape clawless otter, bushbuck, duiker, and steenbok. Southern right whales can be spotted between August to November, and dolphins throughout the year.

Spend a day exploring the unique and indigenous mountain flora.

Mountain Fynbos Walk

Walk across the mountain crossing various private farms and conservancies. It has stunning views, very tough climbs with exhilarating, fast technical descents. The first climb is short and you have some lovely views over the dam before you start the first proper climb. This is a trail only for the very fit but it is worth the effort as you have views to Stanford, as well as over to Pearly Beach.

Alternately, you can walk the beautiful Fernkloof nature reserve with its stunning view of Walker Bay, incredible fynbos and a waterfall with various paths to choose from.

Three to six days hiking trail with various packages to choose from.

The Tip of Africa backpacking trail, centered around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Hermanus / Gansbaai, to the ruggedly beautiful coastal plain of the southernmost tip of Africa in Agulhas, consists of three to six days’ hiking (with catering as well as self-catering options).

The trail provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching on the Gansbaai and Hermanus side to the incredible natural offering, cultural heritage and fascinating history of the Agulhas, Struisbaai and Bredasdorp areas which includes a number of 15th, 16th and 17th-century shipwrecks!

This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves and the large extent of lowland and limestone fynbos and renosterveld of the Agulhas National Park with its indigenous plants and the rich marine and intertidal life with breeding stiles of rare coastal birds such as the African Black Oystercatcher.

Many national monuments are also found in this area, such as the Gansbaai and the Cape Agulhas Lighthouses, and significant archaeological sites along the coast with discoveries of stone hearths and pottery, which, together with shell middens, dates back to the era of the Khoisan migration and settlements.

A typical program may look like this:

  • On Day 1 follow the beach from Gansbaai to Pearly Beach (20 km) where you can pitch your tent or sleep in one of the guesthouses.
  • On Day 2 the trail hugs the coastline to De Damme (30 km).
  • Day 3 is the start of your walk on virgin beaches as many of this coastline has never been explored. At the halfway mark (30 km) you will be able to rest, cook some food and have a good night’s sleep before starting on the last lap to Agulhas on Day 4.
  • After having a well-deserved rest in Agulhas, you can take the boardwalk on Day 5 and, at long last, walk to the spot which marks the merging of the cold Atlantic and the warm Indian ocean - THE SOUTHERNMOST TIP OF AFRICA!

Explore the area or do the Ghost trail or Rasperpunt trail before getting picked up by the Sharktrails transport to take you back to your vehicles.

Please note: this trail can also be extended by another day if you would rather start in Hermanus by doing the famous Walker trail to Gansbaai.

Additional days can be added with exciting activities, organized by Sharktrails, like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals around Dyer Island or an Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milkwood forest as well as a quad bike or horse rides. Other options are cage diving, wine route, an abalone farm visit and much more... 

Additional information:

Camping

  • Our budget camping package - carrying your own tents and supplies, looking after yourself.
  • Our luxury camping package - our carriers and guides carrying your tents and supplies, pitching your tents and helping with the cooking of your food.
  • Our ultra luxury camping package - our driver and guides will transport everything, pitch the tents provided by us and cook the food provided by us while you walk with a daypack only.

Self-catering

  • Our budget self-catering package - you stay in self-catering units along the way, carrying your own supplies, looking after your self.
  • Our luxury self-catering package - you stay in self-catering units and our transporter/guides carry your supplies, cooking your food.

Catered

  • You carry your backpacks and sleep over in guesthouses with all meals provided except for 2 Sanpark holiday resorts (if you walk all the way to Agulhas) where you will sleep over in a holiday unit but your meals will be provided. Guides/transporters can be arranged at extra cost.

General

  • It is preferable that groups consist of 5 or more people.
  • Although this is a trail with maps and directions only, one of our guides can accompany you, if you so prefer, at an extra rate.
  • If you agree and if there are more bookings on your preferred date, we can merge your group with others but unfortunately, we cannot reduce the rate as you pay per person per booking.
  • Please note that December and April prices might differ as accommodation prices are higher. If bookings for December and April holidays and Easter Weekend are done within 2 months of the trip, the sliding scale will not apply due to accommodation prices ie 10 people booking in November and December will pay the same as 1 or 2 people. 
  • These prices vary and a quotation and more detailed information will be given upon request.
  • Use trail at own risk
  • Obey all traffic regulations
  • Yield for pedestrians and horses
  • Do not walk alone
  • Route is for your enjoyment and that of others
  • Great White Shark Trails permit holders ONLY
  • Limited to no cell phone signal
  • Stay on the  route
  • No litter / No Fires / No smoking / No shouting
  • No Quads / Motorcycles / Vehicles on trail
  • Farm vehicles and workers have right of way
  • Hikers and horses have right of way
  • Close all gates

Mountain bike rides in Gansbaai and Hermanus area.

The Great White Shark Cycling Trail, centered around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Gansbaai, consists of one to three days running with catered (Guesthouse accommodation and meals if available otherwise a private house with all meals provided) as well as self-catering options. The trail provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves. It is also an excellent exercise for team building!

We offer a 2 or 3-day mountain biking trail in the Gansbaai and/or Hermanus area with catered (guesthouses and all meals) or self-catering (holiday units/holiday homes/Backpackers, own meals) packages. The cyclists can be accompanied by a guide at extra cost or they can follow the instructions and markers and do it on their own. Some areas are only accessible by permits, which Shark Trails will provide for you.

The program for a 3-day cycling trail may look like this:

The First Day - a section from De Uijlenes over the mountain

  • You will be crossing various private farms and conservancies. Here you have a few trails to choose from but these are tough rides and you have to be fit as well as technically able to ride steep rocky descents and tight switchbacks.
  • It has stunning views, very tough climbs with exhilarating, fast technical descents.  The first climb is short and you have some lovely views over the dam before you start the first proper climb.  The first bit is jeep track, then a brief down before you start the single track.  The switchbacks are tight but doable. 
  • The next climb is slightly longer with a single track section, but the next downhill is worth it!  After the jeep track section you join the single track, and here we have added 4 small jumps and a rock berm for those with a sense of adventure!
  • There are bits of respite, but generally, you just keep at it all the way to the beacon!   The beacon is a few meters from the track, but worth the stop as you have views to Stanford, as well as over to Pearly Beach.  The downhill here is on a jeep track, very fast with off-camber sections as well as a gate that is always closed!  The way back is along an undulating gravel road to reflect on the ride!

Distance: 30km / 60km

  • Start: Guesthouse
  • Climb: 775m / 1025m
  • Average Time: 2.5hrs - 5 hrs

The Second Day - Pearly Beach

Cycle to Pearly beach on the tar and return on the beach via the reserve. It is not a very technical ride, lots of sand and/or pebbles, but beautiful beaches.Follow the rocky coast and remote white sandy beaches along the ‘Gruis’ where there is ample opportunity to swim in rock pools or surf the waves. You are bound to see dolphins playing in the surf, seals scattering over rocky shores as well as the endangered Black Oyster Catcher (Swart Tobie) and multitudes of other seabirds. We visit the little Strandveld museum where you can listen to the tragic stories of the Birkenhead and other shipwrecks of days gone by as told by the writer SD Fourie and her husband Oom Jan "Pyp" Fourie. Have supper at yet another local restaurant before returning to your guesthouse for a well-deserved rest.

Distance: 35 km

  • Start: Guesthouse
  • Average Time: 2.5hrs - 5 hrs

The Third Day – Lighthouse and Cave Trail

Follow the coastline in Kleinbaai, where you will cross the grassy area next to the tidal pool to get to the 4X4 track. Cycle to the Lighthouse, come back down again and turn left to go to Gansbaai.  In town, turn down to the harbour and cycle all along the seaside to De Kelders where you can visit any of our famous 5 caves before continuing to Die Plaat where you can end off your trails looking at the wonderful vista in front of you. Runs from Gansbaai, along the rocky coast, with its caves and excellent whale watching, to Die Plaat (13 km). Do all three days or choose one or two. Ride from the Gansbaai harbour all along the unsurpassed scenic beauty until you arrive at the De Kelders cliffs with its world-class whale viewing. Visit easily accessible caves. Entering some of the caves is optional ... for the more adventurous. The views over the coast at Die Plaat are unparalleled. Visit intimate coves for swimming along the trail and experience massive breakers thundering against the sea cliff.

Distance: 15-20km

  • Start: Guesthouse
  • Average Time: 2 hrs to 4

Additional days can be added with our exciting activities like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals, dive with Great White Sharks, an  Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milkwood forest or do some horseriding. Other options are wine route, an abalone farm visit and much more ... Or split our trails and walk on day one, run on day two and cycle on day three or mix and match to suit your needs.

Route Rules

  • It is preferable that groups consist of 5 or more people
  • Use trail at own risk
  • Obey all traffic regulations
  • Yield for pedestrians and horses
  • Do not ride alone
  • Route is for your enjoyment and that of others
  • Great White Shark permit holders ONLY
  • Do NOT ride alone – limited to no cell phone signal
  • Stay on the marked route
  • No litter / No Fires / No smoking / No shouting
  • No Quads / Motorcycles / Vehicles on trail
  • Riders climbing uphill have right of way
  • Farm vehicles and workers have right of way
  • Hikers and horses have right of way
  • Close all gates
  • Self-catered accommodation implies own bedding, self-catering, bunk beds, etc. and fully catered is staying in a fully catered B&B.
  • If you agree and if there are more bookings on your preferred date, we can merge your group with others but unfortunately, we cannot reduce the rate as you pay per person per booking.
  • Please note that December and April prices might differ as accommodation prices are higher. If bookings for December and April holidays and Easter Weekend are done within 2 months of the trip, the sliding scale will not apply due to accommodation prices ie 10 people booking in November and December will pay the same as 1 or 2 people. 
  • These prices vary and a quotation and more detailed information will be given upon request.

Two or three-day running trail - customisable to suit your requirements!

The Great White Shark Running Trail, centered around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Hermanus / Gansbaai, provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves. It is also an excellent exercise for team building!

We offer a 2 or 3-day running trail (customisable to suit your needs ) in the Hermanus / Gansbaai area with catered (Guesthouse accommodation and meals if available otherwise a private house with all meals provided) or self-catering (holiday units/holiday homes/Backpackers, own meals) packages.  The runners can be accompanied by a guide at extra cost or they can follow the instructions and markers and do it on their own. Some areas are only accessible by permits, which Great White Shark Trails will provide for you.

The program for a 2 or 3-day running trail may look like this:

On Day 1 the trail hugs the coast from De Dam to Plaatjieskraal.Run through coastal fynbos, along rocky coasts, fascinating limestone and sandstone sea cliffs and outstretched sandy beaches, past Quoin Point lighthouse with lunch on the rocks at Buffelsjag. Encounter the legacy of the Flying Dutchman phantom ship (Ship in the Pirates of the Carribean - DeaMan's's Chest)' Decide whether you want to do the  longer – extra 7km - option, over easy flat terrain along the coast, including the Otari Maru shipwreck to visit the sand-engulfed ‘Spookdorp’ and swim in the tidal pool. Meet local fisherman en route.

On Day 2 the trail follows the beach to Franskraal (12 km) to visit the museum and then to Kleinbaai (15km). Follow the rocky coast and remote white sandy beaches along the ‘Gruis’ where there is ample opportunity to swim in rock pools or surf the waves. You are bound to see dolphins playing in the surf, seals scattering over rocky shores as well as the endangered Black Oyster Catcher (Swart Tobie) and multitudes of other seabirds. At the little Strandveld museum, you can listen to the tragic stories of the Birkenhead and other shipwrecks of days gone by as told by the writer SD Fourie and her husband Oom Jan "Pyp" Fourie.

Day 3 runs from Gansbaai, along the rocky coast, with its caves and excellent whale watching, to Die Plaat (13 km). Run from the Gansbaai harbour all along the unsurpassed scenic beauty until you arrive at the De Kelders cliffs with its world-class whale viewing. Visit easily accessible caves. Entering some of the caves is optional... for the more adventurous. The views over the coast at Die Plaat are unparallel. Visit intimate coves for swimming along the trail and experience massive breakers thundering against the sea cliff

Or split our trails and walk on day one, run on day two and cycle on day three or mix and match to suit your needs.

Additional days can be added with our exciting activities like an Ocean Trip by rubber duck to view the thousands of seals, dive with Great White Sharks, an  Inland Trip consisting of a guided walk through the renowned indigenous Platbos Milkwood forest or do some horseriding. Other options are wine route, an abalone farm visit and much more ... 

Route Rules

  • It is preferable that groups consist of 5 or more people
  • Use trail at own risk
  • Obey all traffic regulations
  • Yield for pedestrians and horses
  • Do not run alone
  • Route is for your enjoyment and that of others
  • Great White Shark permit holders ONLY
  • Limited to no cell phone signal
  • Stay on the  route
  • No litter / No Fires / No smoking / No shouting
  • No Quads / Motorcycles / Vehicles on trail
  • Farm vehicles and workers have right of way
  • Hikers and horses have right of way
  • Close all gates
  • Self-catered accommodation implies own bedding, self-catering, bunk beds, etc. and fully catered is staying in a fully catered B&B.
  • If you agree and if there are more bookings on your preferred date, we can merge your group with others but unfortunately, we cannot reduce the rate as you pay per person per booking.
  • Please note that December and April prices might differ as accommodation prices are higher. If bookings for December and April holidays and Easter Weekend are done within 2 months of the trip, the sliding scale will not apply due to accommodation prices ie 10 people booking in November and December will pay the same as 1 or 2 people. 
  • These prices vary and a quotation and more detailed information will be given upon request.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The Origins of Geocaching

Geocaching, first coined by Matt Stum on the "GPS Stash Hunt" mailing list on May 30, 2000, was the joining of two familiar words. The prefix geo, for Earth, was used to describe the global nature of the activity, but also for its use in familiar topics in GPS such as geography.

Caching, from the word cache, has two different meanings, which makes it very appropriate for the activity. A French word invented in 1797, the original definition referred to a hiding place someone would use to temporarily store items. The word cache stirs up visions of pioneers, gold miners, and even pirates. Today the word is still used in the news to describe hidden weapons locations.

The second use of cache has more recently been used in technology. Memory cache is computer storage that is used to quickly retrieve frequently used information. Your web browser, for example, stores images on disk so you don't have to retrieve the same image every time you visit similar pages.

The combination of Earth, hiding, and technology made geocaching an excellent term for the activity. However, the "GPS Stash Hunt" was the original and most widely used term until Mike Teague passed the torch to Jeremy Irish in September 2000.

The Birth of Geocaching.com

For the first few months, geocaching was confined to existing experienced GPS users who already used the technology for outdoor activities such as backpacking and boating. Most users had an existing knowledge of GPS and a firm grasp of obscure lingoes like datums and WGS84. Due to both the player base and the newness of the activity, players had a steep learning curve before going out on their first cache hunt. Tools were scarce for determining whether a cache was nearby if one existed at all.

As with most participants, Jeremy Irish, a web developer for a Seattle company, stumbled upon Mike Teague's website in July while doing research on GPS technology. The idea of treasure hunting and using tech-gadgets represented the marriage of two of his biggest interests. Discovering one was hidden nearby, Jeremy purchased his first GPS unit and went on his first hunt the following weekend.After experiencing the thrill of finding his first cache, Irish decided to start a hobby site for the activity. Adopting the term geocaching, he created Geocaching.com and applied his professional web skills to create tools to improve the cache-hunting experience. The cache listings were still added by hand, but a database helped to standardize the listings. Additional features, like searching for caches around zip codes, made it easier for new players to find listings for nearby caches.With Mike Teague's valuable input, the new site was completed and announced to the stash-hunting community on September 2, 2000. At the time the site was launched there were 75 known caches in the world.

If You Hide It, They Will Come

Slashdot, a popular online magazine for techies, reported the new activity on September 25, 2000, introducing a larger group of technology professionals to the activity. The New York Times picked up the story and featured it in its "Circuits" section in October, starting a domino effect of articles written in magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets around the world. CNN even did a segment in December 2000 to profile the new hobby.

However, because there were so few caches in the world, many would-be participants discovered they didn't have a cache listed nearby. Many wondered whether anyone would bother looking for a cache if they hid one in their area. The growing community chanted the mantra "If you hide it, they will come" to the newer players. After some reassurances, pioneers of the hobby started placing caches just to see whether people would go find them. They did.Through word of mouth, press articles, and even accidental cache discoveries, more and more people have become involved in geocaching. First started by technology and GPS enthusiasts, the ranks of geocachers now include couples, families, and groups from all walks of life. The excitement of the hunt appeals to both the inner (and outer) child.

Today you can do a search on just about anywhere in the world and be able to walk, bike, or drive to a nearby hidden cache.

At its simplest level, geocaching requires a few basic steps:

  1. If you take something from the geocache (or "cache"), leave something of equal or greater value.
  2. Write about your find in the cache logbook.

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at the end of a long Shark trail hike, underwater in the shark-infested waters of Gansbaai and Hermanus, under a tree on the Port Edward beach, in one of the famous De Kelders Caves, or in the breeding crocodile cages of Scottburgh.

Contact us now for more information, and find our great fun filled offers for the whole family!

Perfect for promoting personal growth and/or team building!

A Mindful Walking Retreat

Start an active, healthy lifestyle by joining us on our mindful nature walks, combining nature walks on a well-known trail with healthy meals and unique body-sensing workshops.

Being mindful in these spectacular environments brings you into the present moment, opens you up to profound clarity and helps you to know yourself.

In this 4 day trail you will be guided by Wellness coaches in such a way so that you are given opportunities to:

  • pause regularly.
  • cultivate mindfulness practices.
  • discuss and share insights.
  • have a mindfulness coach to facilitate and support the journey.

Whether during a sunset guided meditation, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean, or being in awe of the fynbos and ocean scenes, this journey will open you to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

Included in this package:

4 Nights accommodation

  • Wholesome food and smoothies.
  • Daily Body Sensing sessions - suitable for all levels of mobility.

          - Morning meditation and movement.
          - Evening meditation and movement.

  • Daily guided activities around being mindful in nature.

If you want a healthy lifestyle in both body and mind, contact us now for our next retreat. Limited numbers only!

Boot Camp - A Healthy Lifestyle Camp for Adults

Trying to lose weight, want to get fit or just get out of the city and have an active few days on the beach and the mountain? Join our boot camps now with a qualified personal trainer for the chance of a lifetime to start you on that road to a better you!

Survival Camps

Join our specially designed survival camps with highly qualified trainers who will be able to train you in the much-needed skills of self-defense and survival in our society of high crime.

Situational awareness, hand to hand combat, dealing with knife and edged weapon attacks, defending against blunt weapons, as well as teaching you how to deal with firearm-related threats.

All of this will be done with their unique and highly successful methodology developed from only the most recent advances in combative training and criminal tactics. You will become fitter and tougher than ever, all the whilst learning skills that are both relevant and highly sought after.

Included in this 3-day package is 2 nights accommodation, all meals, self-defense course and various outdoor activities.

Teen Adventure Camps

Let your children start an active, healthy lifestyle by joining us on our specially designed camps for young people.

Mindful nature walks on a well-known trail as well as other fun nature activities such as horseriding on the beach, kayaking on the river, visiting our famous ghost town, swimming and much much more, with the assistance of our guides.

Included in this package:

  • 5 nights accommodation in tented camps.
  • Breakfast, supper and a picnic lunch – food will be provided but prepared with student’s assistance.
  • Daily guided activities around being mindful in nature.
  • Daily fun outdoor activities.
  • Adult supervision 24 hours a day.

If you want your child/teenager to have a healthy lifestyle in both body and mind, contact us now for our next camp.  Limited numbers only!

We also offer President’s Awards Gold and Silver Camps and Trails

  • Own tent and backpack with own food (proper backpacking).
  • Daily guided activities pertaining to the Gold or Silver Award package.
  • Daily fun outdoor activities.
  • Written feedback to school and President’s Award Committee.
  • Adult supervision 24 hours a day.

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Geocaching is a real-world

Geocaching is a real-world

Published: 27 Sep 2017
By: Shark Trails - Tours and Adventures

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

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