Hiking trails and coastal walks

Plettenberg Bay boasts a wide variety of hiking trails, which include forest trails and coastal walks, not to mention an abundance of mountain bike trails.

Below we take a look at only a few of the most popular trails that are in close proximity to the backpackers lodge.

Hiking the Robberg Peninsula

The Robberg Nature Reserve situated in Plettenberg Bay is an excellent view site for dolphins, whales and sometimes sharks. Seals are always seen from the hiking trail. The peninsula is covered with coastal dune Fynbos.

  • Grade: Easy to difficult
  • Time: 45 min, 2 hours or 4 hours
  • Distance: 2.2 km, 5.6 km and 9.2 km
  • Features: Coastal escarpments, geological
  • Highlights, Fynbos, dolphins and whales.
  • Permits: Obtained at entrance gate.

The Robberg Peninsula has 3 circular trails. One can enjoy the large variety of coastal dune Fynbos and rich marine life. The Informative Board describes the geological evolution of the Robberg. It is advisable to do this walk in cooler weather. Follow the “seal” markers.

Other hiking trails in the area:

Kranshoek Coastal walk

  • Grade: Fairly difficult
  • Time: 2 hours or 5 hours
  • Distance: 3 kms or 9 kms
  • Features: Forests, pine plantation, Fynbos, coastal escarpment, rocky beach.
  • Permits: None. Please sign visitors book. Open 6 am to 6 pm.

Perdekop forest trail

  • Grade: Easy to ¬†difficult
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Distance: 10 kms
  • Features: Forests, pine plantation, Fynbos.
  • Permits: None. Please sign visitors book. Open 6 am to 6 pm.