Since day 1 we had an item on our bucket list, to host a Chokka Trail Run – and now, thanks to a hiker who did the Chokka Trail earlier this year, Wicus Kotze from Bestmed, we will be able to tick it off!
The inaugural Bestmed Chokka Trail Run will take place on Sunday 7 August 2016, starting and finishing at the Cape St Francis Resort. The main distance of the day, 62km, will cover 90% plus a little more of the original route, while we also offer a shorter 30km, 23km and 16km, where walkers are welcome. The race organisers are St Francis Sport.
Online entries, as well as the route description with elevations are available on the St Francis Sport website, who is the organisers of the event. Entrants for the 62km must supply information on previous long distance runs completed.
Three picturesque fishing villages, a rugged coastline, sand dunes as far as the eye can see, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands and a visit to South Africa’s only privately owned working harbour. These are some of the ingredients that make up the Chokka Trail, a 62km slackpack hiking holiday between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis.
The best possible way to see and experience just how beautiful the greater St Francis is on foot, at your own pace and with overnight accommodation at guest houses and a Resort. The trail is situated in the Kouga Region, Eastern Province, a mere hour’s drive to the west of Port Elizabeth.
Since the Chokka Trail was launched in October 2013, hundreds of hikers successfully complete this 4 day/3 night hiking holiday each year – what else do you expect from a trail that is fully catered for and each day finished off with a home cooked meal, hot shower and comfortable bed?
We have explored further hiking options and opportunities, to cater for each and every need. We also encourage our hikers to stay longer and enjoy our mountain biking routes, top golf courses, beach horse rides, our doubles squash courts (yes, we have 2), to name but a few.
When you plan your trip, keep in mind that we are less than 90km away from the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area and Gamtoos Valley, the Tsitsikamma, as well as Addo and the Sunshine Coast.
The hike takes you through parts of the Coastal Cradle of Humankind, through a variety of fynbos, giving you a chance to see Southern Right whales, dolphins, otters, small game like duiker and bushbuck and over 250 species of birds.
You will enjoy a cruise on the famous St Francis canals, visit the SANCCOB Seabird and African Penguin Rehabilitation Centre at the Seal Point Lighthouse, as well as Port St Francis where you will enjoy a calamari tasting (which is of course chokka!).
You only pay for your own drinks. Luggage is transported between stops, while you carry your day pack – make sure you add enough water according to your own needs.
The Chokka Trail has a fresh surprise round every corner. And beauty at every step of the trail’s 62km.
Contact us for assistance with additional accommodation before or after the hike at special Chokka Trail rates, as well as airport transfers.
Please note that the trail is closed from 16 December to 7 January each year and rates are revised in June.
The beneficiary of the Chokka Trail is the Chokka Trail Coastal Clean-Up drive, who organises regular cleanups of the coastline and other areas. By doing this, we say thank you to all our land owners for the privilege to share the beauty of their land, we create a few jobs and we do our bit to keep our ocean clean. We also support SANCCOB, the Sea Bird and African Penguin Rehabilitation Centre situated at Seal Point, Cape St Francis.