• Total distance km: 4.2
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Mostly level, Possibly moist
  • Duration (hours): 2 - 2.5

Hike from the bay in the small fishermen's village of St. Michiel around the saliña (saltpan) of St. Michiel. 

Highlights of this trip:

  • Remains of an old salt storage building (only part of the foundation left)
  • Remains of the old indigo tank
  • sometimes lots of water birds
  • flamingoes
  • Mangroves along the saliña


The car can be parked in the parking place behind the former dive shop at the large bay of St. Michiel (Boka Sami).

Description of the trail

For a map of the trail check the download link below under the heading "Trail map". Also the track is available for download there.

You will need good walking shoes and sufficient water for the trip. Along the shore of the saliña the underground can be muddy; also most of the time part of the dam is under (shallow) water, so keep this in mind when selecting your shoes.

From the parking lot the trail starts along the shore of the saliña (salt lake). Depending on the water level in the salt lake it might be necessary to take a higher level path. After a while the higher path descends to the water level again. Follow the shore line; when the side is too muddy look for alternatives further in the back.

When you reach the large plain (often very muddy) that marks where the rain water from the hills entered the saliña, you have two options, either you go to the right if you want to visit the indgo tank system or you go straight on. Either way look araound for crabs in this area. You have to be quiet to not disturb the crabs otherwise the only thing you get to see are their holes. 
To visit the indigo tank system you go to the right into the Manzaliña forest.Avoid the manzaliña forest if it is raining; it can give you blisters. in the manzaliña forest you see a stone structure. This is the former indigo tank system belonging to the plantation of Klein St. Michiel. Indigo dye was produced in this tank system from 1670 till 1720.
Return to the large plain that you left to enter the manzaliña forest and cross the plain.

If you didn't go to the indigo tank system cross the plain. Also there crabs can be found.

Follow the shore line of the saliña till you reach the dam that separates the part of the saliña along the road to Bullenbaai from the side of the saliña that you were walking along. Cross this dam. At the end there is a small bridge but sometimes the bridge is not sufficiently long and you have to go through the shallow water to get to the bridge and cross it.

Go left and start following the shore line on the Western side of the saliña. This will bring you to a wooden bridge that you have to cross to get back to the car. Also here sometimes the water is so high that you have to go through the water to reach the bridge.

This completes this hike.

Track of this hike on Wikiloc

Link to the track of this hike on Wikiloc (opens in a new window).

The track can be downloaded but a better option is to install the Wikiloc app on your smartphone; when you click on the download link with the app installed on your phone the link opens in Wikiloc (can take some time) and you are able to follow the track.
It appears that this only works for the paid Premium version of this app.
As an alternative the free version of the Locus Map can be used. To use this app you need to download the track in GPX-format either from Wikiloc or directly from this page (see below under "Trail map").



  • KlStMichiel_20140107_004Indigo tanks
  • KlStMichiel_20140107_012Small Mangrove tree
  • KlStMichiel_20140107_028Nice dead tree along the trail
  • KlStMichiel_20140107_030View on the St. Michiel's mountain over the saltpan
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Trail map (download)

Map with route; right click and Save As GPS track Visit Website