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Robberg Hiking Trail

Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay

Description

This circular walk will take you around the Robberg peninsula. You’ll be treated to views over the bay and the Tsitsikamma mountains in the distance, and see exceptional botanical gems and geological profiles. You’ll pass the Cape Fur seal colony en route to the halfway point, and upon return, you’ll cross over to a tambola island with pristine sandy beach perfect for swimming. You’ll also see a Cape Gull colony here. Between May and November, look out for the many Southern Right and Humpback whales that will breach and lobtail on both sides of the peninsula.

Highlights

  • Over 100 species of birds, including the Black Oystercatcher
  • Dassies, seals, whales and dolphins are common sightings, but you may be lucky enough to see other wildlife, including grysbok, duiker, bushbuck, Cape clawless otters and mongooses.

Directions to Robberg

From town centre, take Strand Street; you’ll go down a steep decline and cross a bridge over the Piesang River. Turn right immediately after the bridge onto Piesang Valley Road, and then 200 metres further, turn left into Robberg Road. Continue on this road for 3.5 kilometres and then turn left towards Whale Rock Ridge and Robberg Nature Reserve.

Start

Take the path to the left of the Interpretation Centre. Follow it along the coast.

End

Three circular routes, ending back in the Parking Area

Distance

2.2 km/ 5.6 km / 9.2 km

Duration

45 minutes / 2 hours / 4 hours

Rating

Fairly to Very Difficult

Permit

Sign Register and pay Entrance Fee at gate.

Features

Dramatic views, spectacular coastal scenery, interpretation centre, fynbos, coastal escarpment, sandy beach that’s safe for swimming, braai facilities and toilets in parking area

Take With

You will need the following:

  • Hat
  • sunglasses,
  • good walking shoes,
  • insect repellent,
  • refreshments and water,
  • camera,
  • swimming gear
  • binoculars

Please Note

Important points to remember about this hike:

  • This walk is not suited for unfit people, and is best done in colder weather.
  • For your own safety, it is advised to stay on the path. Follow the seal motif markers.
  • Fishing allowed, but no spear fishing or bait collection. Not pets or weapons permitted.
  • Brochures available in English, Afrikaans, French and German.
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