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Overview
TThe Chokka Trail is a 4 day/3 night hiking holiday in the greater St Francis area between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. The hiking holiday kicks off with hikers exploring the untouched coastline between Oyster Bay and Thysbaai, where the cape clawless otter often puts up a show in shallow waters, if you are not lucky enough to see small buck, you will find their spoor on the beach and the birdlife is prolific. The Oyster Bay Dune Bypass System, called the Sand River by locals, is a 16km sand of sea, to be conquered by hikers on day 2. The trail leads from Oyster Bay to Dune Ridge Nature Reserve on the outskirts of St Francis Bay, and could be the most challenging of the 4 days. The moving dune field sometimes opens century old middens, protecting pot shards, bones, teeth and huge shells for future generations to see. The wetlands become a hive of bird activity during the wet months, changing the scenery completely. The last two days covers the rest of the shoreline, with many highlights – the second largest blow hole in southern Africa, an unknown Khoi grave, shipwrecks, more middens, the tallest masonry lighthouse situated on the south eastern most point of Africa as well as a visit to the SANCCOB Seabird and Penguin Rehabilitation Centre. On day 4 hikers enjoy a tour of Port St Francis where they also do a calamari tasting and see a chokka cleaning demo, and hike to the famous St Francis Bay canals, from where a boat will take them through the most successful manmade canal system in South Africa to a restaurant for a farewell lunch. This is far more than a hike, it is an educational experience while enjoying the outdoors. It is untouched and unexplored beauty at its best. The trail is moderate and suitable for ages between 10 and 80. Hikers are out there enjoying the 62km trail while there luggage is transported, with a hot meal, warm shower and cold beer waiting at the end of each day. It is fully catered.
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