Eastern Cape Walks

Alexandria Hiking Trail

This is a 36km, two-day circular walk. Day 1 (19.5km) winds through ancient indigenous forest, home to bushbuck, the rare nocturnal tree dassie (as opposed to the very common rock dassie) and the beautiful Knsyna turaco. The path then meanders down onto the beach with kilometres of unspoilt coast. Trail your toes in the surf and look out for the bottlenose dolphin and southern right whale. A climb up the coastal cliffs and a stretch through fragrant coastal fynbos brings you to a welcome rest at the Woody Cape hut. The second day starts off strenuously through the dunes of the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere. Once through the dune field, the indigenous forest beckons again and leads you to the end of the trail, where the newly-refurbished Langebos huts will provide rest for weary bones at the trail base.
Prices: R50 pp per night. Hikers also have to pay a daily conservation/entry fee of R80 per adult. These prices may rise. Hikers must carry their own provisions and equipment. The hike is not guided, but is well signposted. Min of 3 per group, max 12.
Contact: Bookings for the trail administered by Camp Matyholweni.
Tel: 041-468-0916/8
matyholweni@sanparks.org
Trail base office: Woody Cape office at Addo National Park.
Tel: 046-653-0601
For flights to and from Addo and other airborne adventures contact Mark Andrews at African Ramble.

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About Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape, a huge expanse of land with 800km of coastline, is home to much of this country's history, both ancient and modern. Its earliest inhabitants left their mark in rock art sites across the area while European settlers of the 1700s stamped their own signature in the forts and garrisons from which they attacked resident Xhosa tribes.

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