|Where:||Jacobs Baai – Paternoster|
|Difficulty:||Intermediate skills required. Experience can be obtained with us!|
|Season:||April – June/September – November, otherwise on request.|
|Group size:||Min 2 , Max 8|
This overnight kayak trail is one for the adventurer in you. Unlike any of our other trips, the Cape Columbine trail is aimed at clients with some paddling experience and knowledge of the outdoors. It is a completely self-supported trip along a rugged, pristine coastline. Experience can be gained through day trips with us through our Mobi-Kayak Trails.
‘The Cape Columbine lighthouse owes its name to the British wooden ship Columbine, which was wrecked in 1829 a kilometre or two north of Castle Rock, where the lighthouse stands today. Commissioned in 1936, this was the last manned lighthouse to be built on the South African coast. And it’s still manned today.’
The trip covers just over 30km of kayaking along the West Coast. Starting at Jacobs Bay, we meet at 9am and run through the kayaks, packing of personal equipment and provisions and shuttle a vehicle to the end point in Paternoster. Our choice of kayaks are single sit-in-side Missions, Imported from New Zeeland. We do have 2 double kayaks that can be utilised for couples who are not confident paddling alone.
After a light brunch we head out the protected bay and enter the ‘open ocean’. Depending on the Swell and wind, we have options to land and stretch our legs before reaching our overnight beach camp. Dolphins, sunfish and whales are a common sight off the coast, and you get to appreciate the wild coastline from a different perspective.
Landing on our Beach camp we’ll have time to wander the coastline, enjoy the solitude and take time to appreciate the world we live in. Meals are basic and wholesome due to the limited packing space but this in itself adds to the raw adventure of the trail. Tents are recommended due to dew and fog on the West Coast.
The second day is perhaps the wildest commercial kayaking available in South Africa as we round Cape Columbine. The trail hugs the coastline paddling along pristine white beaches with very few options for landing. We have located a perfect gully to stretch and lunch before rounding the point. Paternoster offers protected waters and we end off late afternoon and head back to collect the vehicles.
Price on Request
Due to the small numbers we quote each trip individually and have a variety of options including overnight accommodation before and/or after the trip.
Trips can be run midweek or over weekends to accommodate work.