The Wild West Coast 100 - 5 Day - 100km

The Wild West Coast 100 route from Hondeklipbaai to Kleinzee is the latest addition to the Namaqua Camino's portfolio. Due to decades of intensive diamond mining, this isolated section of the Namaqualand coastline has been, for the most part, inaccessible to the general public because it was previously declared as "Sperrgebiet". This exclusive 5-day and approximately 100-kilometre slack-pack route traverse along an almost pristine and unspoiled coastline that very few hikers have had the privilege to experience before now. The Wild West 100 is not a roundabout route. Participants meet in Hondeklipbaai where the adventure will start the next morning to Noup. Included in the cost of this route is a tent, stretcher, mattress, and the daily pitching thereof. Please note: You need to prepare well in advance and strive to be 100% walking fit, as this route will test your endurance at times.

Daily Stages (CLICK ON THE DAY) km
Day1: Houthoop - Rooiklippies

Through farmland and a little town to the coast. An early morning start entailing a 17-kilometre walk across Steenvlei sheep farm, towards Kleinzee. This remote town was previously one of two so-called restricted private towns (the other being Koiingnaas) under the ownership of De Beers Consolidated Diamonds. After a visit to the town, the route hugs the coast until reaching the overnight camp at Rooiklippies.

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Day2: Rooiklippies - Swartklip

The coast, a shipwreck and Brazil (not in South America). The track shadows the stunning coastline to Brazil, a public recreational area, past the wreck of the Baratini and then on to good food and a well-earned rest at the next overnight camp at Swartklip.

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Day3: Swartklip - Die Putte

Vaalvygies, water wells and more. This route offers even more shipwrecks, some with woeful tales of misfortune and disaster. Keep your eyes open for the abundance of Vaalvygie bushes along the path. The overnight camp is situated in the shelter of a boma and nearby you will find old water wells dug by a desperate farmer many years ago.

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Day4: Die Putte - Noup

A seal colony and another shipwreck or two. Whilst still hugging the coast, the route takes you past the wreck of the Piratini and another desolate wreck locally known as the Daggabootjie. A huge colony of Cape fur seals, backpackers and the chance to test your endurance in the cold waters of the Atlantic ocean are some of the other attractions on this route. The overnight camp is situated one kilometre south of Noup.

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Day5: Noup to Hondeklipbaai .

Traverse a pristine beach and keep the finish line in sight. An early morning start takes you to Somnaas beach before navigating through an active diamond mining area to the mouth of the Swatlyntjies river, then another spectacular walk along a secluded and little travelled path towards Hondeklipbaai and fanfare at the finish line.

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Included in the cost are:

Not included in the cost are:

Why must I buy or hire a bag?

Specifications of the Namaqua Camino bag:

Buy R600.00 each or hire R150.00 each