If you love the idea of exploring unspoiled stretches of the coastline and pioneering new trails, but hate the thought of carrying a crippling load on your back, then slackpacking is for you. The Crayfish Trail Route links a series of quaint coastal towns and noteworthy farms In Elands Bay, Steenbokfontein, Lamberts Bay, Doring Bay, Big River Bend and Papendorp. There are many different routes from which to choose. These include the Five-Day Trail and a choice of Two Day Trail – all of this only 2½ hours outside of Cape Town.
Check in will be around 14h00 then guest will have a chance to visit the bird hide, walk the empty beach or be taken on a guided drive of the nearby Draaihoek Private Nature Reserve (this is subject to prior arrangement). Thereafter, guests will be treated to dinner and the calming sounds of the Atlantic Ocean
Guests will meet their guide and need to be ready to depart by 8 am to enjoy empty beaches and vistas of pristine fynbos as well as unique bird life along the route. Your guide will show you to the cave where there is evidence of the San which according to lead archaeologist Professor John Parkington: “date back as far as 100 000 years and as recently as 300 years ago”. From the caves, guests will be shown the old Crayfish Factory and hear about some of the history and politics of the local fishing industry.
Later it will be time to enjoy a sundowner to finish off a good day’s hiking. Guests will be treated to a home cooked ‘West Coast-Style’ meal prepared by members of the community.
Guests will need to be ready to leave for their half day hike at 09h30 am to enjoy adventure around Verlorenvlei which is one of the Western Cape’s largest natural wetlands and is listed as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). The Vlei (Afrikaans for wetland) is home to more than 189 species of birds. The vehicle will then transport guests to Muisbosskerm, South Africa’s first open air restaurant, where you will enjoy very special Sunday lunch.
Guests will then be transported back to their vehicles.