Day 4:  Pearly Beach to Danger Point Lighthouse

Distance: 26 km.

GPS Coordinates @ Pearly Beach                        S34°65’80” E19°48’84”

GPS Coordinates @ Danger Point Lighthouse    S34°37’49” E19°18’08”

  • Departure: 7am Sunday 10th March 2019 from Die Dam by bus
  • Starting point: 8am Pearly Beach
  • Finish point: Danger Point Lighthouse, Gansbaai
  • Welcoming reception: Transport by bus from Danger Point to Grotto Beach, Hermanus

The walkers pack up camp and say goodbye to Die Damme resort before the buses transport the group to Pearly Beach for the last and longest day’s walk. The route meanders along the coastal path in front of beach houses towards Uilenkraalsmond.  A steep jeep track of washed-up pebbles challenges the walkers but a tea break replenishes everyone’s energy.

The group walks along the beach to Uilenkraalsmond, an old camping ground for almost 200 years, where one has to cross the lagoon at the outlet. At the beach parking lot everyone dry off their feet, readjust plasters and add some talcum powder before continuing the journey. The well-maintained coastal path takes the group along Franskraal’s beachfront road. A small white building with a salvage ship canon on one’s left is the quaint Strandveld Museum, with artefacts and folklore from the area.

The coastal trail continues from Franskraal into the Kleinbaai, the hub of white shark cage diving and conservation in the Southern Cape.  Dyer Island, out to sea south of Kleinbaai, is the main attraction for great white sharks in the area. Kleinbaai also hosts an African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary. The walkers take another well deserved rest before the last few kilometres to the icon Danger Point Lighthouse, near the seaside village of Gansbaai. This last stretch follow fynbos trails and then tar road right up to the gate of this lighthouse, built in 1895.

Entering the gates of this landmark is the welcoming sign to the finish point of the 4 day walk. Walkers form a welcoming tunnel, congratulating each other and recognising each woman’s personal effort to achieve this goal. L2L Ladies Walk medals are handed out, photos are taken and ice-creams are devoured before the buses transport the celebratory group to Grotto Beach, where the walkers are welcomed back by family, friends and the community of Hermanus.

Danger Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse is a beacon along the rocky and treacherous coastline of the southern Cape. It is a 20 meter octagonal stone tower with a light range of over thirty kilometres. The most famous ship to founder near this outcrop of land was HMS Birkenhead in 1852, when more than 440 souls lost their lives. A plate commemorating the Birkenhead tragedy was attached to the base of the lighthouse in 1936.

Sources:

• Schoeman, C. 2017. The Historical Overberg – traces of the past in South Africa’s southernmost region. Penguin House.

• http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles

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