Transkei Hotel Hopping Photo-Hike

The Wild Coast of the Transkei offers many incredible Photographic Opportunities as you hike with your cameras along the coast learning how to improve your photography skills along the way.

Your bags are transported from hotel to hotel where you will spend each night.

The full “hotel-hopping” trail extends southwards from Kob Inn in the north to Haga-Haga in the south.

The hike takes in some of the most unspoilt and picturesque sections of the coastline and can be walked by anyone who is reasonably fit and enjoys rambling, as there are no serious challenges other than the odd river which must be waded. When river levels are up after heavy rains, a ferry will be arranged. (we are not going on the rainy season). The Kei river marks the border between the Transkei and the eastern Cape and you will cross this broad river by means of one of the last operating pontoons in the country.

 

Come Join Us!

 

 

This photographic hike starts and ends in East London.

There are a maximum of twelve people (including the two professional photographers) on this tour so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Dates:

5-10 July 2018. Bookings are OPEN.

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Kob Inn to Mazeppa Bay:

6 km – the shortest stretch with easy walking under huge sand dunes to Mazeppa Point.

Day 2 – Mazeppa Bay to Cebe:

13km – an easy and empty stretch along sandy beaches with a some inland paths and small grass covered bluffs.

Day 3 – Cebe to Wavecrest:

8 km – The main route takes you around Bowkers Bay and Sandy Point for a long beach walk in. If staying the night at Serendipity Cottage in Cebe you can elect to do a forest walk along the Nxaxo river with an exit shortly before Wavecrest hotel (need a specialist guide for this option)

Day 4 – Wavecrest to Seagulls/Trennerys:

13km – follow jeep paths above a rocky coast, Jakaranda ship wreck and a river crossing of the Kobonqaba river (canoe ferry organized if river is up).

Day 5 – Trennerys to Morgan Bay: 

14km – Hike to Kei River mouth and follow estuary up river to the pont. A walk through Kei Mouth village and then to Morgan Bay lighthouse through a small stretch of coastal forest.

Day 6 – Morgan Bay to Haga Haga:

14 km – spectacular cliffs and shelley beaches mark this section of the coast. One river crossing (normally wadeable) at Double Mouth.

Meeting Point:

Meet at East London Airport by 12h00 on 5 July. Transfers will take you to the beginning of the hike.

Ending Point:

The hike will end mid- in Haga Haga and transfers will take you to East London. You are welcome to book flights from mid-afternoon or stay the night in East London and book your flight for the following day.

Price and Payment Policy:

The Price per person sharing is R12950.00 in double or twin en-suite rooms. Single room supplements may apply at certain hotels. This will be communicated to confirmed bookings. If you wish to share a twin room en suite with another hiker similar to yourself, please let us know.

A R5000.00 deposit per person is required to secure your place/s and the balance is payable in full by no later than 30 April 2018. There is an option to pay via credit card through the ‘ADD TO CART’ button at the top of this page, or you are welcome to pay by bank transfer/EFT. These details will be sent to you when you send your enquiry/booking.

Due to the high costs of this trip – there are no discounts allocated.

Includes:

Two Accredited South African Professional Photographers – Peter Hassall and Leanne Dryburgh.

Transport to the start and end of the hike in an air-conditioned bus with refreshments. Accommodation throughout the tour in the hotels with breakfast and dinner daily. Packed lunches for during the day. A guide. Portage of bags between hotels.

Excludes:

Camera gear and accessories, laundry, additional adventure activities, refreshments off the bus, unforeseen transport, tips of any kind. All items of a personal nature, insurance and flights.

Shared transport Between Cape Town International Airport and Hermanus will be offered as an additional extra – with pick up and drop offs in the Overberg.

What to Bring:

In order to achieve the most from the Accredited South African Professional Photographer, a camera body with a manual mode function is recommended. However, all makes of cameras are welcome. There is no electricity at the huts, a few fully charged camera batteries. Between the group, we will take 4 sturdy tripods to share.

  • Headlamp /Torch (with new batteries)
  • Pocket knife
  • First aid kit
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Waterproof gear
  • Cell phone (charged) with important numbers saved.
  • Space blanket
  • Whistle
  • At least a 1, 5 l water bottle
  • Any additional sweeties or snacks you may want to hike with.

Conservation:

  • Do not interfere with plants or animals, or deface rocks.
  • Take all litter home with you. Do not pollute rivers and streams with soap, shampoo or any chemical substances.
  • Take a small spade and bury toilet matter.
  • Outdoor fires are strictly prohibited.
  • Never discard cigarette butts – they cause veld fires and are unsightly.
  • Firearms and pets are not allowed.

What to Wear:

Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Secure open shoes with a good grip are recommended as a second pair of shoes. Wind breakers come in handy for photographing at dusk and dawn and pockets are useful.  thephotowalkers.com will communicate with you closer to the of date of departure should there any be any inclement weather expected that would encourage additional items of clothing that are not typical.

  • Take a wind and waterproof anorak and warm
  • Wear two pairs of socks. Change the inner pair every few hours to prevent blisters
  • Boots or shoes should be sturdy with strong non-slip soles and must be well worn in.
  • Tennis shoes and takkies are not suitable.
  • Sun hats are essential, even on cool days. Use a sun block on all exposed parts, not only your face!
  • In cold weather wear a warm cap/beanie to prevent heat loss.
  • Bring your swimwear for the hot days.

Non-photographers:

Persons over the age of 18 are welcome to join as non-photographers – at the same price as photographers.

Fitness:

A reasonably high level of walking fitness is required to enable you to transport your own camera bag or daily hiking bag. Medium distances are covered every day.

Photography skills:

None! Photographers of all skills level are welcome. Come Join Us!

Cancellation Policy:

Due to the popularity and high demand of this Trail –

Cancellations within 12 weeks of the event: No refund will be issued on full booking amount. Cancellations more than 12 weeks before the event: 25% refund will be issued on the full booking amount. In the event that thephotowalkers.com has to cancel the tour for any reason what-so-ever, a full refund will be issued immediately.

Indemnity:

By booking this Photo-Tour you agree to be bound by thephotowalkers.com indemnity terms and conditions. thephotowalkers.com, it’s staff, employees, suppliers and partners will not be held responsible for loss, injury, death or damage including consequential loss of any nature what-so-ever. By booking this tour you understand and accept this. thephotowalkers.com will do their best to avoid any circumstances that may lead to the above.

Intellectual Property and Confidentaility:

By booking this tour you understand, accept and agree that any information given as well as any service providers, locations, workshops, partners, techniques or any part of the tour what-so-ever is the Intellectual Property of The Photowalkers (t/a thephotowalkers.com.)