Hiking and walking trails along the Hangklip coastline are exciting and varied; mountains, beaches, rivers, forests and rocky shorelines. The area offers easy walks as well as difficult trails for advanced hikers.
Hiking Hangklip is a hikers mecca. For beach lovers, there are many long walks along the pristine beaches. Numerous hiking trails are available in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, as well as in Pringle Bay village and surrounds. The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens offers 2 beautiful kloof walks, crossing streams and waterfalls surrounded by 27 species of indigenous trees.
Crystal Pools – Steenbras River Gorge
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Western Cape. It’s categorised as medium difficulty, give yourself 3 to 4 hours. Make sure it’s open and book well in advance as it can easily get booked out. They only accommodate a limited amount of visitors per day. For booking information and availability email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are 5 rock pools in total as well as waterfalls. Reward yourself with a swim. Be sure to follow the trail as you can easily get lost.
Without leaving Pringle Bay village the following walks are available:
The coastal gravel road between Pringle Bay and Rooi Els
This is an easy trail. Give yourself an hour each way. Access on the Pringle Bay side is just off the R44 as you leave Pringle Bay towards Cape Town. Its the first turn off to the left. You will encounter locked gates on both sides of the trail due to the land on either side of the road being privately owned. There is however pedestrian access from both Pringle Bay and Rooi Els sides.
Moonlight Bay and the Lighthouse from Maasbaai
This is a beautiful easy trail along the waters edge. Allow yourself between 1.5 to 2 hours. Maasbaai is the launching area for fishermen off Hangklip Road. Turn right at the slipway and walk on the beach around the coast and past the lighthouse. You’ll then discover two wonderful beaches, Kleinbaai followed by Moonlight Bay. The walk ends on this beach. Towards the end of the beach you can take a shortcut back to your starting point by crossing the dunes.
Sea Farm trail
I’d say this is a medium rather than an easy trail as there are a couple of areas where you need to be cautious particularly if its high tide or Spring Tide. This trail starts to the left of the slip at Maasbaai. Give yourself 3 to 4 hours. You’ll pass various beaches via rocky outcrops, which require a bit of climbing. The proper trail which is well demarcated only starts at Sea Farm Private Estate. Exercise caution and we recommend you keep your shoes on especially when you get to Doringbaai, known for very sharp thorns. You’ll find this beach on the far side of Sea Farm towards Betty’s Bay side. Continue along this trail and you’ll end up at the beautiful Silversands Beach in Bettys Bay.
The Brodie Link trail is easily accessed and offers wonderful fynbos viewing. Its categorised as a medium trail, give yourself 1.5 to 2 hours. The trail starts halfway along the old jeep track. This runs from the eastern end of Caesar Road, near to the R44. Follow the track as it winds up the hill and near the top you’ll find another trail, at a T Junction. If you follow the right fork you’ll be rewarded with two view sites. The climb is fairly steep. If you take the left fork towards Betty’s Bay you’l have lovely views of the bay towards Hermanus.
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve
We have an entire paged dedicated to hikes in this magnificent reserve. Click to read more about the Kogelberg Nature Reserve