NOTE: No entry into the reserve after 14h00. Refunds are possible via the Quicket refund system, but only up to 24 hours before the event.
Family friendly

Weekdays Crystal Pools / Steenbras Gorge Hike

Mon Nov 1, 07:00 - Fri Apr 29, 18:00

Steenbras River Gorge


Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail

Permit Regulations and Hiking Information

  • The hiking trail is closed during winter months and is only open from 1 November to 30 April each year.
  • A carrying capacity of 50 persons per day is allowed.

The following information will assist in ensuring that your visit is a safe and enjoyable experience. Your cooperation in adhering to the following is therefore requested:

  • You must be physically fit in order to complete this trail.
  • You must bring a dated permit with a unique QR Code and identification, such as a driver’s license, ID card, or passport in order to enter this area. Printed copies and digital copies on phones will be accepted.
  • A minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 10 persons are allowed per group.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Entry times are from sunrise until 14:00.
  • Watch the weather for flash floods, the river can rise metres in minutes. The gorge is situated below the Steenbras Dam sluice gates, which may also be opened at any time.
  • First-time hikers for the kloofing routes must be guided by an experienced kloofer.
  • The hiking permit does not authorise abseiling activities. Kloofing and or abseiling is dangerous and not recommended, unless under the supervision of a registered guide.
  • Hikers must wear suitable hiking shoes and take the necessary equipment with them i.e. food, water, first aid kit, a warm item of clothing and a cellphone for emergencies.
  • In case of emergency, call 021 480 7700 ext 107 or Gordon's Bay Security on 021 856 0214 or Cape Town Mountain Rescue on 021 937 0300

Credit @faheem_slamong

The Steenbras Nature Reserve forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The area is protected and managed in accordance with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), Act 57 of 2003. In an effort to conserve the area, please take note of the following regulations:

  • Stick to the designated footpaths and walk single file to avoid soil erosion;
  • Never litter. This area is a ‘No Bin’ zone - please take all your rubbish home with you;
  • No fires, firearms, pets, gas appliances or overnighting is permitted.

Credit @nasreenroberts


No person will:

  • Make a fire;
  • Feed or intentionally disturb any animal;
  • Remove any wood, sand, gravel, stone, seashell, guano or other material;
  • Cut, damage, remove or destroy or be in possession of any plant or any part thereof, including dry wood or fire wood;
  • Behave in a manner which is likely to injure or disturb any other user of the area.
  • Bring alcohol or glass into the reserve.
  • Commence the hike after 14h00.