If you only have one day or a couple of hours in our beautiful bay then there is really ONLY ONE THING TO DO…hike our spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve…the memories will last a lifetime!
Not only does Robberg Nature Reserve offer great hiking and walking trails but it is an excellent view site for cliff based whale, dolphin and great white shark sightings. There are 3 circular walks of various lengths. A guided tour which can be pre-arranged with us will offer up valuable insights into Robberg’s caves and extensive information about Robberg’s geology, archaeology and existing marine life. But for those venturing out on their own be sure to pay attention to the following guidances.
Tips for Making the Most of Robberg Nature Reserve
- Give yourself at least 3 – 4 hours to enjoy all it has to offer
- Wear decent walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. It gets hot up there!
- Take plenty of water and some snacks to keep up your energy levels
- Be careful . Some stretches are quite steep, rocky and can be slippery
- Cool off with a swim but don’t venture too far – riptides are common
- Be sure to copy down the NSRI sea rescue number before departing
- If it’s a hot day set off very early or leave the walk for late afternoon
- Be prepared for quick changes in the weather
The full round trip via The Point takes approximately four hours but you won’t want to rush this. We would recommend adding an hour or two to that so you can constantly stop every so often, have a bite to eat, a quick dip in the sea or see what the rock pools have on show. Word of warning for those planning on doing the full route – there are some steep sections on the hike and very young children or those who are not moderately fit and firm on their feet may struggle. The first shorter route to the The Gap and back is a doddle and just about anyone should be able to manage that section.
You might be over taken by a our local trail runners who whip around the point and back in no time! Pay no attention to them – they are simply showing off…smile and wave! Rock and surf fishing is another optional activity within the reserve but please ensure you have your permit (available at the Post Office) with you. It goes without saying that as much as we want you to enjoy your time on Robberg, we also request that you keep to the trails to protect the vegetation, don’t start any fires other than in the demarcated areas and PLEASE take all your litter home with you!
Once back at the base / car park you can relax with a chilled bottle of South Africa’s best and enjoy a spectacular sunset. There are picnic tables overlooking the bay on either side and one or two BBQ facilities. Trust us – it’s worth the effort in getting everything prepared beforehand – once you’re on Robberg you won’t ever want to leave!
For more information please visit www.capenature.co.za