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Explore the Garden Route Coastline and marine life on this hike.

 
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St Blaise Trail

Stretching between Mossel Bay and Dana Bay, the St Blaise Trail offers a 9km or 13km unidirectional cliff top walk along a contour line overlooking a rocky coastline interspersed with a few sandy bays.

 

Starting from either side, it is easiest to begin at the St Blaise Point cave below the Lighthouse and walk westwards towards Dana Bay. From the parking lot, as you climb the stairs to the contour path, look out for the foraging Rock Hyrax’s on the vegetation flanking the pathway.

For the first kilometer there are various other access points to the trail from the suburbs. The meandering pathway has various offshoots that take you to well placed view points of the rust covered cliff faces being pounded by the ocean swells. From this vantage point it is worthwhile to frequently scan the ocean for Cape Fur Seals and Dolphins and in the winter months, whales.

The coastline contains a number of cave systems which unfortunately are either inaccessible or difficult to reach with the well known Pinnacle Point Cave and it’s respective treasure trove of early hominid research.

 

For both the 9km and 13km options, the trail traverses the Pinnacle Point Golf Course which requires hikers to sign in at a security hut at the 6km mark and state their intentions of either finishing at the club house or continuing through to exit towards Dana.

Finishing at the club house has the added advantage of refreshments while waiting for a taxi to collect you and return you to the start. Finishing in Dana bay, there are two options, depending on the tide, namely at the beach parking lot or on Malva Rd.

 

Logistics :

Eastern Trailhead : GPS : -34.186079°, 22.157423°

  • Western Trailhead : GPS : -34.203053°,  22.056097° OR -34.205369°,  22.048896°
  • Gradient : Slight
  • Difficulty : Medium
  • Distance : 9km or 13km
  • Trail Type : Coastal contour line
  • Trail Format : Uni-directional
  • Highlights : Remote, possible marine mammal sightings.
  • Tidal planning : Only if planning to start or finish at the Dana Bay beach parking area.
  • Vegetation : Coastal fynbos with patches of thicket
  • Surface water : None suitable for drinking, carry own supply
  • Trail Entrance Fee : Free
  • Guided : R480.00/person, excluding taxi service.
  • Return Service : 24/7 Taxi – 082 932 5809, between R100.00 and R150.00 per trip, max 5 guests
  • Guiding : Walk can be self guided or guided. For guiding contact Mark at Garden Route Trail

 

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