Steenbras River Gorge

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The Steenbras River Gorge forms part of the Steenbras Nature Reserve which is also part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. This valley located just an hour away from Cape Town is a popular destination for trail hiking, abseiling, kloof-jumping, and swimming. Steenbras River Gorge is famous for its Crystal Pool Hiking Trail.

Crystal Pool Hiking Trail

The Crystal Pool Hiking Trail offers a 2-kilometre-long hike to a series of mountain pools in Steenbras River Gorge. The trail starts about 6 kilometres past Gordons Bay along the R44, just after you’ve crossed the bridge over the mouth of the Steenbras River. It starts out fairly easy but gets tougher as you ascend. Just follow the little yellow footprints to stay on the path. About 45 minutes from the start of the trail, you will come across the first pool.

You can choose to rest and take a dip in a pool of refreshing mountain water or hike further to the second pool, which is just ten to fifteen minutes away. Further up is the third pool which offers more swimming and cliff jumping opportunities as well as scenic views of the area. The main water source of the pools is the Steenbras River. The third pool is an ideal picnic spot. From the top, you can see the dam wall of the Steenbras Dam and panoramic views across False Bay to Cape Point in the other direction.

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Soak Up the Nature

This very enjoyable hiking trail is 2 km long with rich indigenous fynbos and some large boulders along the route. The trail is relatively easy to hike for experienced hikers. You need to be fit to complete this trail.

The hike can last up to 3 hours. Dogs and children below 12 years old are not allowed in the area. The hike is open from the beginning of November until the end of April annually and is closed during the winter season for rehabilitation.

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Get Your Permit Beforehand

A maximum of 50 people can enter the area per day. Groups must consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 persons. A prepaid permit is required to enter the area. You can only acquire a permit via email, not at the gate. Send your booking request for Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail to [email protected].

Bookings are handled between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm on weekdays. You must finalise the permits at least two working days before your visit.

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