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Robberg Coastal Trail
Explore the Garden Route Coastline and marine life on these hikes.

 

RobbergOverlooking the Plettenberg Bay, the Robberg Peninsula represents a unique geological attraction with both historical and ecological attractions.

 

A Cape Nature nature reserve, there are two trails along the perimeter of the peninsula, namely a 7.5km and 4km loops respectively.

 

Setting off from the parking area, both trails start towards 'The Gap' before ascending to a contour path for a panoramic view of the Tistikamma Mountains across the azure bay.

 

After approximately 1.4km the presence of a Cape Fur Seal colony becomes apparent as a strong smell permeates the air. Soon you are able to look down on the colony, which from a modest population of 7 seals in 1983,now exceedes 4000 seals.

 

While spotting the seals both on the land and swimming along the shoreline is easy, every now and then you are fortunate to see a Great White Shark swimming past. Other marine creatures include Bottlenose Dolphins; Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales (the latter two only during winter months.

 

After the seal colony the trail reaches a sand dune and splits with the shorter 4km route turning right down the dune while the longer route continues straight to the point.

 

Rounding the point on the longer route is more difficult with some minor bouldering just above the shoreline before continuing back on the western flank of the peninsula where it passess the overnight hut before reaching the sand dune that the shorter route descended.

 

The trails meet again on the Tombola, an hour glass shaped beach between the mainlad and a small island.

 

A short addition to both trails is to walk the path in a clockwise direction to 'The Gap' and then return on the western path tot he parking area.

 

Logistics :

Parking Area : GPS : -34.100682°, 23.377175°

  • The Gap : GPS : -34.101014°,  23.382588°
  • Gradient : Slight
  • Difficulty : Medium to hard
  • Distance : 4km or 7.5km
  • Trail Type : Coastal contour line
  • Trail Format : Loop
  • Highlights :Cape Fure Seal colony, possible marine mammal sightings.
  • Tidal planning : Spring high tides can force walkers onto a steep path around the point
  • Vegetation : Coastal fynbos with patches of stunted coastal thicket
  • Surface water : None suitable for drinking, carry own supply
  • Alternatives activities in Robberg Nature Reserve: Visit Nelsons Cave for historical archeology or visit the beach west of the Gap for a swim.
  • Entrance Fee : R40.00
  • Guided : R480.00/person, excluding taxi service.
  • Return Service : 24/7 Taxi – 082 932 5809, between R100.00 and R150.00 per trip, max 5 guests
  • Guiding : Walk can be self guided or guided. For guiding contact Mark at Garden Route Trail

 

 
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