St. Blaize Hiking Trail
The Garden Route, specifically the area around Mossel Bay, is home to the breath-taking vistas offered by the St. Blaize Hiking Trail.
Starting at the Khoi San Cave at The Point St. Blaize Lighthouse, it follows the coastline and extends for 13.5 kilometres, until hikers reach Dana Bay (or vice versa). The St Blaize Hiking Trail is a wonderfully scenic combination of craggy coastline,
interesting caves and rock formations, sweeping ocean views and pretty fynbos.
This hike takes about six hours to complete and is moderately challenging. Hikers are required to have some degree of fitness, and it is not recommended for families with children, or for the elderly.
Along the trail, the sea views are most striking. Mile after pristine mile is showcased, with the glitter of the sunlight on its shimmering surface. Dolphins frequently perform for hikers, and bird-watchers are well rewarded.
There are many different fynbos varieties along the way.
St. Blaize Hiking trails usually takes about 4 hours at a moderate pace.
The trail has recently been upgraded and is a comfortable walk along a contour path and through fine stands of coastal fynbos.
Along the way there are a few spots for a cooling swim in rock pools or a small sandy beach.On a good day the views from the path are spectacular and you have a good chance of spotting whales,
dolphins and even sharks in the water below. Peak whale watching season is from June to October and dolphins can be seen all year round
There are snakes in this area.
No one should embark on the trail alone.
NEED TO KNOW
Road shuttle services are available to meet you and return you to your vehicle by prior arrangement. Please contact them on the numbers provided below:
Arrange transport from Dana Bay unless you are up for a mega hike and return along the trail back to The Point. Children should be accompanied by adults. Some of the sections are fairly exposed and care should be taken on steep sections.
Watch out for waves at the sea caves and rocky sections of this rugged shoreline. Avoid hiking this trail in high winds. Obtain a map and directions from
Mossel Bay Tourism – corner of Market & Church Street (near the harbor)