South Africa: Western Cape Walkathon Route (preliminary plan)

In South Africa, the Western Cape walkathon from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town is being planned as a multi-stage 27-day route. Participants can join the walk for one day or as many days as they would like to join.

To enter, please complete our Pre-Event Registration Form and we will notify you when the registration portal opens.

The preliminary route plan below will be adjusted before being finalised and opened for entry registrations as we still need to physically hike the route to determine the terrain conditions, start- end-point GPS coordinates, transport accessibility, logistics, etcetera.

Pre-launch Onsite Registration – 31 August 2021

Participants who have registered online can arrive at the hotel/venue (to be advised) in Plettenberg Bay on the day before the launch for onsite registration.

DAY 1: ±40km / ±8-Hours – Keurbooms Beach (Plett) to Knoetzie Beach (Knysna)

The walk along the the pristine beach from Keurbooms to Robberg is easy going. From Robberg onwards the terrain is all cliff interspersed with valleys and traverses private property.
Local authority: Knysna Local Municipality
End GPS:
-34.080067, 23.128870 (34°04’48.2″S 23°07’43.9”E)

DAY 2: ±37km / ±8-Hours – Knoetzie Beach to Brenton Beach

Need a ferry to cross from Knysna Heads to Featherbed Nature Reserve (at Beach Bar?). Do we use Swartvlei Caravan Park for camping accommodation?
End GPS: -34.026706, 22.774691 (34°01’36.1″S 22°46’28.9″E) 

DAY 3: ±27km / ±5-Hours – Brenton Beach to Sedgefield

Route walking is mostly along the beach.
End GPS: -33.996378, 22.563266 (33°59’47.0″S 22°33’47.8”E)

DAY 4: ±23km / ±5-Hours – Sedgefield to Wilderness (Garden Route)

Very difficult terrain along this route section as it is mostly cliff-facing shoreline with valleys and gorges that need to be walked around. Also a lot of private property for which permission will need to be sought.
End GPS: -34.051025, 22.301928 -(34°03’03.7″S 22°18’06.9”E)

DAY 5: ±38km / ±7,6-Hours – Wilderness to Outeniqua Strand

Easy walking along pristine beach. Small river crossing at Klein Brak River but should be manageable.
End GPS: -34.177691, 22.137357 (34°10’39.7″S 22°08’14.5”E)

DAY 6: ±33km / ±6-Hours – Outeniqua Strand (George) to Mossel Bay 

Difficult terrain for fist ±10km but easy walking along the beach thereafter.
End GPS: -34.284132, 21.911299 (34°17’02.9″S 21°54’40.7”E)

DAY 7: ±31km / ±6,2-Hours – Mossel Bay to Fransmanshoek

This route crosses the Gouritsmond River Mouth, which is usually closed by a sandbank. Also traverses private nature reserve land for which permission will be needed.
End GPS: -34.388841, 21.676918 (34°23’19.8″S 21°40’36.9”E)

DAY 8: ±35km / ±7-Hours – Fransmanshoek (Vleesbaai) to Fynbosstrand

End point at Lappiesbaai beach in front of Ellenrust Caravan Park (use their facilities for camping?).
End GPS: -34.373781, 21.429243 (34°22’25.6″S 21°25’45.3″E)

DAY 9: 24km / ±5-Hours – Fynbosstrand to StilBaai (Still Bay)

River crossing at Duiwenhous River Mouth may be a problem. Consider camping in reserve?
End GPS: -34.365465, 21.003169 (34°21’55.7″S 21°00’11.4″E)

DAY 10: 47km / ±9-Hours – StilBaai to Puntjie Nature Reserve

Breerivier river mouth seems deep for crossing
End GPS: -34.451359, 20.731116 -(34°27’04.9″S 20°43’52.0″E)

DAY 11: 37km / ±7,4-Hours – Puntjie (Witsand) to Noetsie Hut (De Hoop Reserve)

End point at beach off Langklipkrans. A lot of private property on this route and difficult cliff shoreline terrain.
End GPS: -34.662005, 20.232251 (34°39’43.2″S 20°13’56.1″E)

DAY 12: 56km / ±11-Hours – Noetzie Hut to Arniston

Beautiful beach walk along this route. End point at Main Beach – in front of caravan park (use their facilities for camping?)
End GPS: -34.795349, 20.049740 (34°47’43.3″S 20°02’59.1″E)

Day 13: 27km / ±5,4-Hours – Arniston to Struisbaai

This route is a bit to short – consider an inland detour to a point of interest? End point at Southern Tip of Africa parking – can a camp be setup there?
End GPS: -34.832571, 20.001710 (34°49’57.3″S 20°00’06.2″E)

DAY 14 : ±11km / ±7-Hours – Struisbaai to L’Agulhas (Southern Tip of Africa)

Need permission to traverse Quoin Point Nature Reserve. End point at Caravan Park (use their facilities for camping?)
End GPS: -34.764140, 19.687878 (34°45’50.9″S 19°41’16.4″E)

DAY 15: ±33km / ±6-Hours – L’Agulhas to Die Dam (Overstrand)

End point on beach (off Beach Rd / The Esplanade)
End GPS: -34.662934, 19.487616 -(34°39’46.6″S 19°29’15.4″E)

DAY 16: ±30km / ±6-Hours – Die Dam to Pearly Beach

Work with Overstrand Local Municipality. Attractions along this route include Gansbaai Shark Research Centres. End point on beach opposite Romans Villa Boutique Guest House.
End GPS: -34.608636, 19.329467 (34°36’31.1″S 19°19’46.1″E)

DAY 17: ±28km / ±6-Hours – Pearly Beach to Gansbaai

Attractions along this route include the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, De Kelders Cave. End point at Grotto Beach – next to Klein River Lagoon Mouth off Grotto Street
End GPS: -34.416469, 19.292422 (34°24’59.3″S 19°17’32.7″E)

DAY 18: ±27km / ±6-Hours – Gansbaai to Hermanus

DAY 19: ±28km / ±6-Hours – Hermanus to Mereenbosch

Attractions along this route include Hermanus Cliff Path Biodiversity Walk. End point at Botrivier Lagoon Mouth beach near Fisherhaven & Benguela Cove
End GPS: -34.369216, 19.099632 (34°22’09.2″S 19°05’58.7″E)

DAY 20: ±34km / ±7-Hours – Mereenbosch to Cape Hangklip

Attractions along this route include Hoek-van-die-berg Private Nature Reserve, Rooisand Nature Reserve, Stony Point Penguin Colony, and Cape Hangklip Lighthouse. Camp on the beach?
End GPS: -34.379639, 18.828000 (34°22’46.7″S 18°49’40.8″E)

DAY 21: ±43km / ±5-Hours – Cape Hangklip to Strand

End point at Strand Beach (opposite Golf Club – near Cheetah Outreach & Triggerfish Brewing)
End GPS: -34.100656, 18.811860 (34°06’02.4″S 18°48’42.7″E)

DAY 22: ±24km / ±9-Hours – Strand to Strandfontein

Protected bathing area at end point offers ample parking off Baden Powell Drive.
End GPS: -34.087215, 18.553028 (34°05’14.0″S 18°33’10.9″E)

DAY 23: ±22km / ±5-Hours – Strandfontein to Simons Town

Camping on Navy Sports Field? (next to Institute for Maritime Tech)
End GPS: -34.193664, 18.443997 (34°11’37.2″S 18°26’38.4″E)

DAY 24: ±22km / ±5-Hours – Simons Town to Cape Point

Note: SanParks limit access to the Cape Point reserve – may need to limit entry numbers of bypass this route.
End GPS: -34.343805, 18.473372 (34°20’37.7″S 18°28’24.1″E)

DAY 25: ±27km / ±6-Hours – Cape Point to Scarborough Beach

Mostly along hiking trail footpath and then following beach shoreline. Camp on beach?
End GPS: -34.199713, 18.371962 (34°11’59.0″S 18°22’19.1″E)

DAY 26 : ±29km / ±6-Hours – Scarborough to Hout Bay

After Noordhoek beach, this route diverts to the M6 Chapman’s Peak Drive – will need to obtain permission and traffic control. Camp on beach in front of Dunes Beach Restaurant or use local accommodation?
End GPS: -34.045823, 18.355398 (34°02’45.0″S 18°21’19.4″E)

DAY 27 : ±23km / ±5-Hours – Hout Bay to Cape Town

OFFICIAL LAUNCH at V&A Waterfront on World Tourism Day (Monday 27 September 2021).
Route follows Victoria St (M6) from Hout Bay and then along Clifton Beach and the Seaport Promenade to the V&A Waterfront (end point in front of Camelot Spa The Table Bay or at the Amphitheatre for official proceedings?)
Do we book a venue for dinner & official proceedings? Can we setup a mobile camp at Grann Point Park?
End GPS: -33.902237, 18.422427 (33°54’08.1″S 18°25’20.7″E)

 

 

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