Curlew Beach, West Coast, Western Cape

This is an amazing slack packing guided hike along the West Coast of South Africa from Elandsbay to Strandfontein (Curlew Beach) where long of the forgotten echoes of the Sybille still haunted some caves in the area and the Cape Gannet gather in their thousands to breed on Bird Island at Lamberts bay and home of the Curlew Sandpiper on long out stretched beaches of Strandfontein.

Day 1: Get together at Dooringbaai Guesthouse

Guests arrive at the Base camp at Strandfontein (Curlew Beach) where they will leave their vehicles for the duration of the hike and make themselves at home in comfortable tented accommodation. They will enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean with a nice sundowner and a hearty supper before going to bed.

Day 2: Take the road to Elandsbay

We will have an early breakfast at 7h00 before leaving for Elands bay where we will start hiking. Take sleeping gear for the night and clothes for the following day. From Elands bay we will hike along the coast for 18km to Steenboksfontein where we will welcomed by our hosts Kitta and Herman. We will then be transported with tractor and trailer to the caves where we will explore the area, walk the labyrinth and admire the view and some koisan artwork.  Accommodation here is chalets (2 persons per room sharing). Supper 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 Lamberts bay where we will visit the Bird Island and enjoy a light lunch at Isabella’s restaurant before commencing with out hike for 12km along the trail and beach to Sopieshoogte where our transport will be waiting to take us back to Strandfontein.  After a nice hot shower to refresh us we will enjoy the setting sun with something in hand to wash down the dust of the day. Supper will be served before we enjoy a goodnights rest.

Day 4: Doorignbay to Strandfontein.

After breakfast 7h00 – 8h00 we will start hiking from base camp to

Doorignbay all along the cliff ridge for 9km where we will explore some of the local activities at the old crayfish factory, do some wine tasting and enjoy a hearty lunch. Maybe we might have a view of the longest train is Africa on its way to Saldanna filled with iron ore, before we move back to Strandfontein where we spend the rest of the day exploring the beach and the surrounding areas.

Day 5: River-mouth boat cruise

Wake up little Suzy……..breakfast at Tiffany’s ……….and A long, long way to Ebenhaeser. There we will meet our host Mr. Alan Dittmer who will escort us with a boat ride and bird watching on the Olifantsriver to where the river opens up in the sea. From there we will hike 8km along the beach back to base camp where we will celebrate our last night together.

Day 6: Tour ends time to say Goodbye

After breakfast we pack up say our goodbyes and travel back home.

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The dates for 2019 for the two trails, Namaqua Silver Sands (Namaqua National Park) and The Curlew Trail (Strandfontein) is open from 1st October 2018 for reservations. All reservations for hikes must be paid in full 30 days before your arrival for the hike.


  • Minimum of 10 Guests and a maximum of 16 Guests per group can be accommodated
  • R5 100 p/p Sharing (2 Guests per tent)
  • R 1000 p/p additional extra. – Shuttle pick up from Cape Town international airport available for min 8 guests max 14.
  • R55.00 once off per reservation

Tour Dates:

  • Tour 1: 04/08/2019 – 09/08/2019
  • Tour 2: 11/08/2019 – 16/08/2019
  • Tour 3: 18/08/2019 – 23/08/2019
  • Tour 4: 25/08/2019 – 30/08/2019 (Fully Booked)
  • Tour 5: 01/09/2019 – 06/09/2019 (Fully Booked)
  • Tour 6: 08/09/2019 – 13/09/2019
  • Tour 7: 15/09/2019 – 20/09/2019
  • Tour 8: 22/09/2019 – 27/09/2019
  • Tour 9: 29/09/2019 – 04/10/2010
  • Tour 10: 06/10/2019 – 11/10/2019
Please contact us to check availability for Hiking Tours.

Cancellation Policy:

50% of the total amount within 6 months prior to departure.

75% of the total amount within 3 months prior to departure.

100% of the total amount within 30 days prior to departure.


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