Pringle Bay

 

 

Old Coastal Gravel Road or Klipspringer walk (easy 1 hour each way) from Pringle Bay to Rooiels

 

This scenic trail with spectacular views of Pringle Bay runs along the old Coastal Road which is still utilised for access to the coastal smallholdings between Pringle Bay and Rooiels. There are locked gates at both ends with pedestrian access at each.

 

Drive to the gate at Pringle Bay end just off the R 44 (on the other side of the bridge over the Buffels River) or leave the car at Rooiels.  

 

Bird sighting possibilities: Cape Sugarbirds, Orange-breasted Sunbirds, Cape Rock Jumper, Common Waxbills, Jackal Buzzards, lesser Double-collared and Malachite Sunbirds. “Klipspringers” are also often seen.

 

 

Masbaai Coastal Trails

 

Starting from either side of Masbaai slipway, both with well-defined trails in-between the intervening beaches.

 

 

The Lighthouse Trail (1 to 2 hours depending on using shortcut back or not)

 

Starting from the beach immediately to the right of the slipway, walk west round the coast and the Lighthouse. After passing the Lighthouse you will come to two very beautiful beaches, the first being Moonshine Bay and the second Grootbaai (that has a couple of houses built close to the beach). The trail ends here so you can retrace your footsteps or take a shortcut over the dunes approximately halfway between the start of the Grootbaai beach and the first house.

 

Bird sight possibilities: Black Oystercatcher, Sandplovers, Common Terns, Swift Terns, Caspian Terns, Kelp and Hartlaub’s Gulls.

 

 

The Sea Farm Trail (2 -4 hours depending on leaving a car in Betty’s Bay or walking back the same trail).

 

Start from the other side of the Masbaai slipway (to your left), you will walk across a number of beaches with rocky outcrops in-between which will require a bit of scrambling. The well defined trail only starts when you reach Sea Farm. There is a further 1 km long beach on the far side of Sea Farm called Doringbaail where it is recommended that you keep your shoes on. The trail then leads over a wide rocky promontory (Assbank) at the end of which is the 3 km Silversands Beach.

 

 

Brodie Link (medium 1-1,5 hours) – Cape Nature Conservation

 

One of the most amazing places in the Overberg is the Brodie Link Nature Reserve between Betty's Bay and Pringle Bay .This magnificant 94 hectare nature reserve 'links' the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve with the coast. The land is named after the late Bernard Brodie who generously donated the funds to purchase the property.

 

Easily accessible trail that starts about halfway along the old Jeep Track that runs from the Eastern end of Caesar Road to the R 44. The car can be left at either end of the Jeep track.

 

The trail winds its way up the hill and meets another trail (at a T-junction) not long after the top.

 

The right hand fork takes you up a short but quite steep section to two view sites where you can look down on Pringle Bay and over False Bay and the Cape Peninsula.

 

The left hand fork takes you down towards Betty’s Bay with lovely views across to the bay to Hermanus. The trail curves gently to the right and then meets another trail giving you two options.

 

Option one: go straight across the trail, over the stream and all the way down into Betty’s Bay near to Die Stoor.

 

Option two: (preferred option) turn right onto the other trail and follow that up the valley past the old burnt out 1930s busses and approximately 1,5 km further up the logsteps until you meet up with the upper Brodie Link trail just below the two view sights mentioned earlier. If you turn right here you will soon find the trail back down into Pringle Bay on the left (opposite the Brodie Memorial Plaque).

 

 

Hangklip Mountain (difficult 3 – 3,5 hours) – Cape Nature Conservation

 

This is a premier trail with spectacular and panoramic views from the Beacon.

 

Not recommended for people who are not in good health and children must be accompanied by adults. Dogs are not allowed. Do not attempt this trail when the wind is strong.

 

The Cape Nature Conservation board is found at the entrance-gate and is located just before the northern end of Clarence Road (shortly before where it joins up with the top of Stream Road).

 

From the gate a trail follows the stream up the valley. After 1,5 km the Hangklip Trail branches off to the right. From there the trail snakes its way up to the top of Hangklip. The same trail up and back.

 

Beautiful flowers (especially at the flat area at the top of Hangklip) September – December.

 

 

Click on links below for hikes in other towns. 

 

Hikes in Betty's Bay

 

Hikes in Kleinmond

 

Hikes in Gordon's Bay

 

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