join our 4-night

slackpacking trail

Discover the wonders of Walker Bay’s nature, culture and heritage on this new upmarket hiking trail. It’s a five-day, four-night hiking adventure on the south-west coast of South Africa that journeys through fynbos, forests and along the coast – with luxury touches all along the way.

Walker Bay Diversity Trail

5-day, 4-night slackpacking hiking trail pricing

From R 11 500 to
R 13 500 per person

The Diversity Trail is five-day, four-night hiking trail, based at the magnificent Bellavista Country Place. The trail offers daily guided walking excursions to explore the glorious fynbos, forests, dunes, caves, coastline, wines and botanical art of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. And at the end of each busy day, you can enjoy our delicious meals, rim-flow pool, spectacular views over Walker Bay and finally relax in your luxury ensuite bedrooms.

Itinerary

Day 1

The Walker Bay Diversity Trail experience starts at the Stanford Kitchen Restaurant in the town of Stanford at 1pm, with a light lunch accompanying your welcome.

We then walk through the historical village and down to the beautiful Stanford River. Here we board the Lady Stanford and enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruising the river, enjoying the magnificent scenery and the bird life with our knowledgeable guide.

The day concludes with a short drive to Bellavista Country Place and dinner with magnificent panoramic views over Walker Bay.

Day 2 | 11km

Wake up to a delicious breakfast with views over Walker Bay followed by a day exploring the Grootbos Nature Reserve forests and fynbos. The trail takes hikers to the Growing the Future farm where much of the fresh produce enjoyed on the trail is sourced. It then winds through the Steynsbos milkwood forest and up to Pinnacle Peak with magnificent views of the ocean and the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. It then leads down through beautiful fynbos landscapes to the Grootbos Environmental Centre for a picnic lunch next to the dam (a perfect spot for a swim on a warm day).

After lunch the trail takes you into the incredible Witvoetskloof valley. Breathe the fresh untouched air in this ageless forest. We walk along an old flower picking route as we head back to Bellavista Country Place, with magnificent views of Walker Bay along the way.

After a full day of walking, we will enjoy wine tasting from the award-winning Lomond Wines before a delicious dinner.

Day 3 | 9km

We start the day with another mouth-watering breakfast, and then explore the Walker Bay coastline.

The trail leads through the magnificent coastal fynbos on Grootbos Nature Reserve. From there we head into the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, and walk through a remote dune field, onto the Plaat beach. We stroll along the white sands to the world-renowned archaeological site at Klipgat Cave – the home of Middle Stone Age and Late Stone Age people. Inside the cave, our guide will interpret the fascinating insights into early human occupation along this coastline.

The trail then proceeds along the De Kelders cliffs (where there are great opportunities to view Southern Right Whales between June and November) for a delicious homemade lunch and then we head towards the Stanford Cove – a protected swimming inlet. From here you’ll be transported back to Bellavista Country Place for local wine tasting and dinner.

Day 4 | 9km

The day starts with a delicious breakfast followed by an exploration of the incredible art, wine and culture of the Walker Bay region.

We head out on the trail which winds through the magnificent fynbos landscapes of Flower Valley Farm and Lomond Wines before dropping down through the vineyards, discovering how the complex interactions between soil, climate and grape produces their award-winning wines.  After the morning walk, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and a tasting of some of the estate’s premium wines.

The afternoon will be spent exploring the Hannarie Wenhold Botanical Art Gallery, which includes South Africa’s first Fynbos Florilegium – a unique collection of botanical art, on the Grootbos Nature Reserve. We take a moment to relax, and discover the incredible conservation and community work taking place through the Grootbos Foundation.

At the final gala dinner, you will be treated to a culinary botanical extravaganza – time to reminisce and celebrate great memories on the Diversity Trail.

Day 5

Check out is after a leisurely breakfast at Bellavista Restaurant the following morning.

The trail is a five-day, four-night slackpacking hike – undertaken in pure luxury.

A four-night guided hiking trail with our knowledgeable FGASA accredited guide

Luxury ensuite accommodation at Bellavista Country Place

Delicious home-cooked meals throughout your stay

A welcome lunch at Stanford Kitchen Restaurant followed by a birding boat trip down the Stanford River

Exclusive access to private trails through Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy’s untouched fynbos and secret forests

A coastal journey along the pristine Walker Bay coastline with a visit to the world-renowned archaeological site at Klipgat Cave

The chance to see an incredible display of the frolicking whales just off the coastline in season

A guided walk through the Lomond Wine Farm vineyards and a tasting of their premium wines.

Exclusive tour to the Grootbos Florilegium and Hannarie Wenhold Botanical Art gallery at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

And a gala dinner on the final evening with a fynbos botanicals twist!

Accommodation during your hike

For the duration of the hike, you’ll stay at the glorious Bellavista Country Place. All the rooms are large, ensuite and very comfortable but do differ in layout and size and have been priced accordingly. If you want your own room, then a 30% single supplement will apply.

The prices listed below are per person sharing, all inclusive. They therefore include your guided hike, all your meals, and the accommodation.