Steenbras Nature Reserve, Gordon's Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Steenbras Nature Reserve includes the popular Crystal Pools hiking trail which is a popular destination for abseiling and kloof jumping. Whale watching, scenic drives and fishing are all activities enjoyed along this beautiful coastline.
The Steenbras Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The area is often referred to as ‘the heart of the fynbos.’ With more than 1 600 plant species, it boasts the greatest floral diversity per unit area than anywhere else in the world. The area supports five different vegetation types and is regarded as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
The area was originally proclaimed as a protected area in 1979 and was registered with UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1998 and declared an area of international importance. The City of Cape Town’s portion of the protected environment is more than 8 400 hectares in extent.
Office hours: 07:30 – 16:00
Hiking trails: Sunrise to sunset
Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail: 1 November – 30 April
R60 per person daily entry for Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail (permit).
Features and facilities
Path and walkways
The Kogel Bay Resort offers camping and caravanning facilities on the beachfront
Running and jogging
Hiking and walking
Approximately 8 400 hectares
Telephone: 021 856 9622 / 021 856 9623 / 021 856 9620
CCT Nature Reserves: A Network of Amazing Biodiversity Booklet - 31/01/2010, Booklet - 3.9 MB (PDF)
Steenbras Nature Reserve Map - 31/12/2016, Map - 232.9 KB (PDF)
Nature Reserves and other protected areas Map - 30/06/2014, Map - 569.2 KB (PDF)
Steenbras Nature Reserve Information Pamphlet - 04/01/2016, Pamphlet - 481.7 KB (PDF)