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Guided self-catering eco-adventures with great walking and rustic coastal accommodation!

This 3-night adventure includes a visit to the caves at the Point of Human Origins (, guided beach and coastal walking, and self-catering accommodation in our Pondok (for up to 8 guests) or Kaya (for two).

Both of these rustic, off-the-grid rusplekkies are equipped with all the necessaries for meals and braais, and both have charging facilities for your mobile phones, cameras, and laptops.

Bathrooms are shared: there’s one bathroom with toilet at Pondok, and one shower-room with toilet at our wood-cabin Kaya.

Please bring your own bedding or sleeping bags.
Fridges and freezer facilities are available at Sandpiper Guest Cottages.
Wood & gas are supplied.
Reservations & enquiries

This adventure is only available during the 2018 Summer School Holidays.

Please contact us by phone or email for enquiries and reservations.

Phone +27 44 699 1204

Day 1: Boggomsbaai Check in and settle in
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Meet at Sandpiper Cottages, Boggomsbaai (near Mossel Bay).
We’ll show you around your accommodation and explain our Pondokkie Logistics: how to use the gas and such.
Settle in and light the braai fire!

Day 2: Point of Human Origins to Boggomsbaai 18 km; mostly beach walking
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Your hiking guide will meet you at Pondokkie (remember to pack your day-packs with lunch and water, as well as sun-block, and extra memory cards for your cameras!)
Transfer by road to Pinnacle Point.
Caves visit with specialist site guides at the Point of Human Origins.
Guided coastal walk via Boggomsbaai to Pondok.

Day 3: Boggomsbaai to Kanon 21 km; beach and coastal walking
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Remember those lunch packs!
Guided walk from Boggomsbaai along the beach and rocky shore via Fransmanshoek - a small nature reserve with abundant bird life and beautiful veld flowers, where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the secluded bay. (The French ship La Fortune was wrecked here in 1763 - hence Fransmanshoek, or ‘French Corner’).
Visit Kanon Private Nature Reserve, about 3 km east of the Gourits River Mouth, which protects one of the few remaining patches of Gourits Coastal Dune Thicket.
Visit ancient Khoi San fish traps and giant dunes along the way - and climb them, if you’re fit enough!
Road transfer to Pondok

Day 4: Goodbye :(Sorry it has to end...

Check out and goodbye (Sniff!)

See you next year!


Pondok 3-night Eco-adventure

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, Bonito Street,, Boggomsbaai, Western Cape, South Africa

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Stay at Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai - a peaceful village in the Fransmanshoek Conservancy that recalls the idyllic neighbourhoods of our childhood.

Sandpiper Cottages provide most of the accommodation for the Oystercatcher Trail

Elegantly charming Cape cottage-style houses
Open-plan living and kitchen areas with huge indoor fireplaces - and TVs, of course
Patios with braai-places
2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units (each bedrooms has its own private bathroom)
Fully equipped for self-catering
Guests have access to the Sandpiper Leisure Centre, with its squash court and tennis court - and you might even be lucky enough to be here for one of its legendary ‘Klanke, Kultuur & Kaggelkos’ evenings with good music, good wines and great food round a blazing fire.

Oystercatcher Trail Accommodation

If you’re walking one of our trails, you’ll stay in one or more of these fine establishments (depending on availability - and the package you choose):

Sandpiper Cottages, Boggomsbaai
Ana's Place Apartments, Mossel Bay
Point Village Hotel, Mossel Bay

uided walking on sections of the Oystercatcher Trail.

You'll carry only your day pack, and stay overnight in the luxury Sandpiper Cape Cottages.

Sandpiper Walkabout: our fully catered, 3 night, 4 day breakaway

Explore selected sections of the Oystercatcher Trail with our expert guides
Carry only your day pack - we’ll transport you by road to and from your accommodation before and after each days’ walking.
Includes excursions to Seal Island and Penguin Rehabilitation Centre
Add a Point of Human Origins Tour as an optional (highly recommended!) extra

Rates include:

A Seal Island Cruise in Mossel Bay
A visit to SAPREC Penguin Rehabilitation Centre in Mossel Bay
Accommodation in guest house luxury
All meals (with the fully-catered package) - including packed lunches on walking days
You’ll walk carrying just your daypack - but you’ll leave with more than a pack-full of memories!

Optional extras :

A Point of Human Origins Tour (90 minutes) - with qualified and enthusiastic guides.
George Airport transfers.
Drinks will be for your own account.

Day One: Begin your holiday with a boat trip to Seal Island in Mossel Bay. Then check in at Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai, and enjoy a traditional South African dinner at Sandpiper Leisure Centre.

Day Two: Breakfast and transfer by road to the Cape St Blaize Cave. Walk the St Blaize Hiking Trail - a contour path along the cliffs. You may choose to visit the Pinnacle Point Caves for an optional Point of Human Origins Tour along the way (additional cost). At the end of today’s walk, our shuttle will return you to Sandpiper Cottages for dinner and overnight. Today’s walking: 15 km.

Day Three: After breakfast, walk from Boggomsbaai along the beach and rocky shoreline via Vleesbaai, Fransmanshoek, and Cape Vacca to Kanon. (For the fit and adventurous - there're some huge sand dunes on this route!) Return by road to Boggomsbaai for dinner at the Sandpiper Leisure Centre, and overnight at Sandpiper Cottages. Today’s walking: 21 km.

Day Four: Breakfast and prize giving at Sandpiper Leisure Centre. Visit the SAPREC Penguin Rehabilitation Centre en route to Mossel Bay.

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