The group get together on the first day in a small town in the Northern Cape- Garies. From here the Silver Sands tour operator will escort the vehicles to their Base Camp. On arrival we will settle in, have some welcome drinks, enjoy a warm cooked west coast meal and spend the evening around the camp fire with the sound of breaking waves preparing ourselves for the next days hike.
We start our first day’s hike early. After receiving our day lunch pack we will be transported with a game viewing vehicle through the Namaqua National Park to Spoegriver Caves (This is about 1 hour’s game drive). The group will be guided and we will cover a distance of 15km along the spectacular coast line in the direction of the Base Camp. We will be picked up after the 15km hike and transported back to base camp. Warm showers will be ready, sun-downers and a delicious meal.
Today we have an amazing hike trough the moving white dunes of the Namaqua National Park. We will be dropped off 16km North from the base camp. This is a spectacular part of the trail with silver beaches, white granite rock formation, seals and bird life. We arrive at base camp where we will take time to relax and have a sun-downer while dinner is being prepared.
This morning we take the game viewing vehicle and head to the little town Hondeklipbaai. This is a 2 hour drive through the Namaqua National Park. On arrival we will take a leisured walk through the little town visiting all the historical sites and the Aristea Shipwreck. We will have lunch at one of the local restaurants and make our way back to base camp.
This is our last day of hike and we take on the Southern part of the Namaqua National Park. We will be dropped off 10km from base camp, as we will hike back. This is also a scenic part of the trail and a lot different from the the other day’s trails. This trail has less beach hiking and a little more rock formations. Arriving at base camp we will enjoy our last night together with drinks and a BBQ around the camp fire with the sound of crashing waves and beautiful open sky filled with stars.
Its time to pack up and say our goodbyes. We head back to Garies where the tour ends.
Important Things to pack!
· Small day back pack
· Good hiking shoes
· Own toiletries
· Warm wind breaker
· Hiking gear, warm clothes for evenings.
· If preferred, own water bottle
· Own sleeping bag and pillow
· Extra hiking snacks if wanted.
· Camera and binoculars.
It all starts with a unknown trail, with you leaving everything behind and walking off to where your thought are wondering around. Breath let go and remind yourself that this very moment is the only one that you know you have for sure.