Robberg Nature Reserve - World Heritage Site
Updated: Oct 5, 2021
A look into human culture & a journey through time along the cliffs of Robberg in Plettenberg Bay.
Situated on the Garden Route, Robberg Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, harbours evidence of middle & later Stone Age inhabitation. Some interesting signs of early life can be seen in the caves along the peninsula, with rocks dating back millennia to the break-up of Gondwanaland. Robberg Nature Reserve is truly an iconic and magnificent experience, not to be missed when in Plett!
Steeped in history and home to an abundance of fynbos, fauna & ocean life, this peninsula dazzles the senses. On a clear day, hikers can spot a large great white shark slowly making its way around the bay. Other wildlife highlights include the rare blue duiker, dolphin & whale sightings in season, a variety of bird species, and a plethora of seals. With the fountain shack available, visitors can immerse themselves overnight in the spectacular natural beauty that this reserve offers.
Experience this otherworldly coastal treasure by choosing one of 3 circular hiking routes, each with their own degree of difficulty. Ranging from a 30 min stroll to a 4-hour hike, all 3 trails offer gorgeous ocean views, salty brisk sea air, and unique plant and animal species.
The Gap circuit trail is the shortest and easiest route heading straight into a mudstone cleft home to evidence of the prehistoric break-up of Gondwanaland.
The Witsand trail takes about 2 hours to complete, leading along the northern ridge of the peninsula and onto the climbing-falling dune (one of seven magnificent sand dunes stretching along the Cape coastline, known as the ‘wild side’ for its rugged beauty), before heading down to the tombolo & boardwalk. Keep your eyes peeled as you pass the resident seal colony along the way!
The longest and most strenuous trails is the Point circuit trail (not recommended for young tots). The trail heads up the north ridge to the Point and then back along the southern rocky shoreline. Definitely worth the extra effort and time for that awesome sunset shot!
With permits costing only R50 per adult & R30 per child, it’s easy to see why this historical hiking trail is so popular among tourists and locals alike!
Please note: water & warm clothing are essential due to sudden weather changes. Don't stand near cliffs. It is possible to swim in the ocean, however there are strong currents; tots should not be unsupervised.
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