Reminder to get permits for Steenbras Nature Reserve

The public once again has access to the Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail, following its closure for the winter season.

To access this hiking trail within the Steenbras Nature Reserve, residents require a permit from City’s Biodiversity Management Department. The permit costs R65 a person a day, with a maximum of 50 people allowed a day.

All permits are issued by application via email only. A pre-booked system applies and the administration of the bookings must be finalised at least two working days before the visit. Administration of the bookings takes place between 8.30am and 2.30pm on weekdays.

The Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail is a popular destination for abseiling, kloof-jumping, and swimming. The City reminds nature enthusiasts that no dogs are allowed on the hiking trail.

The nature reserve also boasts two other hiking trails: the Danie Miller and the Klipspringer. Both offer residents and visitors a memorable experience with whale-watching, coastal fishing and scenic drives. Entry to the trails is free of charge, no bookings are required, and dogs on a leash are allowed. The hiking trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

In addition, residents can camp or set up their caravans within the Kogel Bay Resort on the beachfront.

General enquiries and bookings can be made by emailing steenbras.naturereserve@cape

Bookings for the Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail can be sent to; or made telephonically on 021 856 9622, or 021 856 9623, or 021 856 9620.