HIKE EVE'S TRAIL
For great birding on a short power break, try the 2.5 day, 30km wilderness hike through the unique vegetation, deserted beaches and tranquil lagoon of the West Coast National Park.
Eve’s Trail is an accredited Green Flag Trail indicating that it strives to be environmentally and socially responsible. It is one of five responsible tourism products operated by the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR), a non-profit organisation caring for people and the environment. The CWCBR has appointed and are training a team of people from local communities, to manage and run the trails.
Eve’s Trail (two nighter) traces the footsteps and life of prehominds and their lives in the region, wandering through the West Coast National Park and its different habitats and zones. The trail provided unbelievably good Black Harrier viewing along with African Marsh Harriers and Booted Eagle. Encounters on foot with Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Long-billed Lark and a range of good fynbos and karoo specials, as well as Cape Penduline Tit were spectacular.
Although the guides are not specifically focused on birds, their knowledge is more than adequate and the trip provides ample opportunity for bird-watching. Booted Eagle and Martial Eagle can also be seen and the trail is recommended for birders who would like to experience good raptor/bird viewing on foot and away from the crowds at Geelbek. It allows one to see areas of the West Coast National Park that are not normally accessible.
Forthcoming dates for Eve's Trail: 17-19 Aug, 9-11 Sep, 12-14 Oct, 22-24 Dec. The price is R2500 per person, with a 10% discount for groups of 8 or more. The price is fully inclusive of accommodation in 3-4 star guesthouses, dinners, breakfasts, lunches, guides, activities, equipment, luggage transport and local transfers.
Note: On a recent birding outing, field guide Mariana Delport found the West Coast National Park to be green with several spring flowers already in bloom. This year is going to be a bumper year for flowers and the wildlife of the park.