Port Alfred to Fish River
(5 Night & 6 Day Trail - Including 1 Day & 1 Night Canoe Trail)

Day 1 Start at Port Alfred Eastern Beach to Milkwood hut on Rufane Farm (±8,6km)

Hikers start at Eastern Beach and make their way along the coast, seeing Fountain Rocks at low tide, reaching Rufane River Mouth which is normally closed to the sea. They will overnight at Milkwood hut Rufane Farm hut. This hut is set amongst the trees, with views over the farm lands.

Day 2 Rufane Farm to Riet River Tree Houses (±13,67km)

After leaving Rufane Farm hikers head back onto the beach and walk past Riet Point, through the seaside village of Riet River. They make their way inland, crossing over the R72. They follow the Riet River inland to the two Yellowwood Tree Houses which are nestled in a valley of indigenous vegetation, next to the river.

Day 3 Tree Houses to Three Sisters (±6,97km)

Following the Riet River back down to the coast, hikers will arrive at Three Sisters hut, where they can explore the Three Sisters Rocks, spend time on the beach, swimming, fishing or collecting shells, before heading back to the overnight hut. (Fishing permits required). If you are interested in a horse trail for the day, contact Jann Webb 082 645 6345 or 046-675 1269.

Day 4 Three Sisters to Kleinemonde West River mouth (±2.9km) then 9km paddle & ±3 km hike to Lily Pad Hut

Leaving the overnight hut the hikers make their way to Kleinemonde West River Mouth. The Trail Manager will meet them for the briefing & supplying the canoes, then a (±8km paddle) and (±3km hike). Reaching Nyala Valley Game Reserve you shoulder your backpacks for the hike to the overnight hut, where you can enjoy the beauty of the reserve, looking out for nyala, giraffe, impala, zebra, wildebeest, etc. The overnight hut is set in an indigenous forest.

Day 5 Lily Pad Hut to Stone Cottage (3km hike & 8km paddle back to river mouth) plus ±10km hike to cottage

Hiking (±3km) from Lily Pad Hut back to the canoes, then (±8km) paddle back to the river mouth, where the Trail Manager will collect the canoes etc. The local Kleinemonde East Shop and Bottle Store are available for purchasing extra provisions before heading along the beach to the last overnight hut. Just before reaching Clayton rocks, at low tide, look out for the mast of the Umvolozi, which sank in 1890. The fully contained Stone Cottage is very comfortable, with lights, hot water, lounge, 3 sleeping areas upstairs and kitchen.

Day 6 Stone Cottage to Fish River Mouth (±14,34km)

Leaving Stone Cottage hikers make their way back to the beach, where they can visit the Fish River Light House, then return to the beach for the last section along the coast to Fish River Mouth, where the trail ends and everyone is shuttled back to their motor cars.

The hiking trail can also be done over weekends in sections.