Following a revamp, the Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve reopened this week.
The trail is a five-day overnight hiking trail that takes visitors through the reserve, which is a firm favourite with hikers, cyclists, bird and whale watchers.
The trail was closed in 2019 for safety upgrades and new developments along the popular hiking route.
“CapeNature has upgraded and improved the trail and visitors can now look forward to an improved experience, made possible through innovative and value-add enhancements,” said the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell.
Enhancements include solar power in accommodation units, modern appliances and full bathroom and shower upgrades at Vaalkrans, Hamerkop and Cupidoskraal huts.
The trail’s overnight huts lie at the foot of the Potberg Mountains, and although the fully equipped huts sleep up to 12 people, they are currently limited to 50% occupancy.
“Annually between June and November, Southern Right whales make their epic journey back to the safety of these rich waters to mate and calve. The famed Whale Trail is revered as one of the most meaningful ways to experience this extraordinary phenomenon,” said CEO of CapeNature, Dr Razeena Omar.