Chokka Trail

Chokka Trail Garden Route Eastern Cape

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Coastal hiking trail from Oyster Bay to Cape St Fransis

Three picturesque fishing villages, a rugged coastline, sand dunes as far as the eye can see, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands and a visit to South Africa’s only privately owned working harbour. These are some of the ingredients that make up the Chokka Trail, a 62km slackpack hiking holiday between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis.

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The best possible way to see and experience just how beautiful the greater St Francis is on foot, at your own pace and with overnight accommodation at guest houses and a Resort.  The trail is situated in the Kouga Region, Eastern Province, a mere hour’s drive to the west of Port Elizabeth.

Since the Chokka Trail was launched in October 2013, hundreds of hikers successfully complete this 4 day/3 night hiking holiday each year – what else do you expect from a trail that is fully catered for and each day finished off with a home cooked meal, hot shower and comfortable bed?

ARRIVAL DAY – Up to 18km (or less!)

Drive to the Cape St Francis Resort to arrive no later than 11h00.  Your vehicle will stay here for the duration of the hike.  We will take you to Oyster Bay, a trip of around 45 minutes to check in to the Oyster Bay Beach Lodge, your accommodation for the first night.

DAY TWO – 16km

After a hearty breakfast, you pick up your lunch pack, fill enough water bottles to last you at least 6 hours and set off down the road, leaving your luggage to be transported to your next overnight stop.

DAY THREE – 15km

The day’s hiking starts with a trail through an indigenous coastal forest, where old man’s beard and mushrooms’s worst enemy is bush pigs and small buck.

DAY FOUR – 13km

You will continue your hike on the Cape St Francis beach towards Shark Point, where you often see tracks of the Cape Clawless Otter early in the morning.

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The minimum group size is 4 and maximum 12, however single rooms are limited with large groups.  The rates include accommodation in 3 and 4 star accommodation establishments, breakfast, lunch packs, dinner, a farewell lunch on the last day, a calamari tasting, visit to the seabird rehabilitation facility, canal cruise as well as luggage portage.  You will only have to pay for your drinks and what you order extra.

For the ultimate experience, we recommended a fully guided hike for our overseas visitors at an additional cost (which depends on the group size). Please note that the trail is closed from 16 December to 7 January each year.