7 Amazing Overnight Hikes in Western Cape

Home to a variety of beautiful natural wonders, mountain ranges, landmarks and stunning landscapes, Cape Town is the ultimate hiking paradise. Besides a variety of exciting day-time hiking routes, you can find an incredible range of overnight hikes in the Western Cape. All of which has something unique and exciting to offer. 

Overnight Hikes in Western Cape

Overnight hikes in Western Cape

Here are some of the best overnight hiking trails in the Western Cape that are bound to be a great adventure.

1. The Cederberg Wilderness


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The wild and unapologetic beauty of the Cederberg provides the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated only a couple of hours outside of Cape Town, the Cederberg Wilderness area is considered one of the most undisturbed regions of Cape Town. Boasting a variety of incredible hiking routes to choose from, the Cederberg welcomes hikers of all experience levels to enjoy one of the most amazing overnight hikes in the Western Cape.

The Algeria Campsite serves as one of the main hubs from which hikers can explore the Cederberg at their own pace. Offering both camping accommodation as well as self-catering cottages, the Algeria Campsite has something suited to every overnight hiker. In addition to the Algeria Campsite, hikers can also choose to spend the night at one of the many other overnight huts spread throughout the reserve. Some of the famous natural landmarks you can expect to encounter from your Cederberg Wilderness hiking adventure includes the Wolfsberg Arch, a giant rock-formed archway, as well as the Stadsaal Caves, which contains San art dating back thousands of years.

2. The Whale Trail


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The famous Whale Trail is widely considered as one of the top hiking trails and best overnight hiking trails in the Western Cape as well as South Africa. Situated in the 34 000-hectare De Hoop Nature Reserve, one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature, the Whale Trails is any nature lover’s paradise. This five-day 56km overnight hiking adventure includes some of the most beautiful scenes along the Western Cape coastline. Offering both coastal and mountain trail hiking routes, the Whale Trail is named after the many Southern Right Whales who annually return to the De Hoop waters and can be spotted along the way. The variety of beautiful cottages scattered along the route allows for a comfortable and enjoyable overnight stay as you explore some of the most beautiful landscapes the Western Cape has to offer.

3. Boosmansbos Wilderness Area


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Located in the in the Langeberg mountains, 22 km northwest of Heidelberg, in the South-Western Cape, the Boosmansbos Wilderness area is 14 200ha in extent and is incorporated into Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. It’s the perfect overnight hiking adventure for those seeking some solitude from the hustle and bustle. Boasting around 64 km of marked trails that lead up and down cliffs and deep into one of the Western Cape’s most expansive forests, the Boosmansbos Wilderness hiking trail is a true nature lover’s paradise and any avid hiker’s dream come true.

As this is considered one of the Western Cape’s tougher overnight hiking trails, hikers should have a certain level of experience and be well-equipped for difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions. For overnight hikers there are a variety of huts along the route that provide only basic shelter. Thereby offering quite an immersive and authentic experience for avid hikers from all around the world. Besides the huts, hikers can also choose to camp right out in the open, thereby providing for a true Western Cape wilderness adventure.

 4. Cape of Good Hope Trail


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Declared as both a World Heritage Site and protected Nature Reserve, the Cape of Good Hope is home to a vast natural vegetation and rich biodiversity. The glorious Cape of Good Hope is also known as one of two world-renowned landmarks situated within the iconic Table Mountain National Park. You can therefore expect to witness and experience some of the most beautiful and unique fauna and flora the Western Cape is known for.

This top overnight Western Cape hiking experience consists of a circular trail that takes you along majestic cliffs and beautiful beaches, past shorelines and shipwrecks, boasting some of the most magnificent views you’ve ever seen. You will also encounter an abundance of fynbos on your route. Many of which is completely unique to the Western Cape. Hikers can find overnight accommodation along the Cape of Good Hope hiking trail in the form of huts. Situated high up on ridges and overlooking the spectacular Cape coastline, it sure will provide you with one incredible overnight hiking experience you won’t soon forget.

5. Oystercatcher Trail


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Named after the African Black Oystercatcher, a rare species of bird that dwells in the coastal regions of Southern Africa, the Oystercatcher Trail has undoubtedly become one of the top overnight hikes in the Western Cape. Starting at the Cape St Blaize at Mossel Bay and ending in Gourits River Mouth, hikers can expect to enjoy a diverse range of natural wonders. From towering cliffs overlooking the ocean, a thriving and unique biodiversity and beautiful long stretches of sandy coastline from which dolphins and whales can occasionally be sighted, the Oystercatcher Trail has something for every hiker to explore and enjoy.

Besides a glorious display of Mother Nature at her finest, this immersive overnight Western Cape hiking adventure also provides a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage. Including an insight into the history of our entire species as you explore the Pinnacle Point Caves. It is here where the earliest evidence of humans crafting tools, drawing symbols and catching fish have been discovered. The Oystercatcher Trail is typically a 4-night hiking experience, but shorter options and routes are also available. There are a variety of accommodation options along the trail ranging from cottages, private nature reserve accommodation, as well as a variety of hotels situated along the route.

6. Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail


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Starting off at Harkerville Forest Station, the Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail is another beautiful overnight hike in the Western Cape as it takes you along the majestic Garden Route. Making your way through lush forest regions and trees, across beaches, along cliffs and over rope bridges, you will encounter some of the Westerns Cape’s most magnificent scenery and landscapes. This overnight Western Cape hiking experience is however more suitable to experienced hikers as it involves lots of ladders, chains, bridges and wooden stairs to be navigated along the way. Overnight accommodation for hikers include the option of the Harkerville hut or Sinclair hut, both of which offers guests beds, toilets and braai areas for an authentic South African experience. Thereby making for an exciting night out in the beautiful Western Cape wilderness.

 7. Green Mountain Trail


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Forming part of the magnificent Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the Green Mountain Trail revolves around the Groenlandberg in the majestic Overberg Region of the Western Cape. This four-day Green Mountain Trail hiking adventure gives avid hikers the opportunity to experience and explore the diversity of fynbos and fruit farms the region is known for. Offering fine, seasonal food, wine tastings and comfortable, four-star luxury accommodation along the route, this is one overnight Western Cape hiking experience unlike any other.

In addition, the expert guides will also provide you with additional insight into the area’s unique biodiversity and history. The Green Mountain Trail also crosses over into privately owned land, all of which form part of the Green Mountain Eco Route, the world’s first biodiversity wine route. Some of the farms you’ll visit include Beaumont, Oak Valley, Paul Cluver, Porcupine Hills, and Wildekrans Country House.

These amazing overnight hikes in the Western Cape are undoubtedly filled with all the beauty and adventure any avid hiker desires. Plus, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as exploring some of the most magnificent natural wonders, landscapes and scenery the glorious Western Cape has to offer in one of the most authentic ways possible.

Looking for more Cape Town activities to enjoy during your stay? Get in touch with the our team today to start planning your dream holiday right now. We also offer a wide range of  tour activities and affordable accommodation options at the best rates in town. Contact us today with any booking related queries you may have, or to learn more about finding out-of-the-box travel adventures across Western Cape. 

About The Author: Bianca Bunge

I am a Cape Town based Travel Blogger & aspiring writer. Travelling is the ULTIMATE joy, it allows us to lose ourselves & find ourselves all at the same time, is there anything better than that? PURE BLISS!! And being a Travel Blogger allows me to share my love of travelling, especially my LOVE of Cape Town, with all of you. The Mother City truly did steal my heart, and perhaps she'll steal yours too! I also love the ocean, going on adventures & wine, I REALLY love wine! Join me on my mission to discover EVERY little bit of Cape Town, and what a glorious adventure it will be!
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