Pringle Bay village, the Whale Coast, botanical gardens, penguins, beaches, lagoon, boat trips, hiking trails, fishing …..
The UNESCO registered KOGELBERG Biosphere reserve is known as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom with an amazing 9087 plant species. The HAROLD PORTER Botanical gardens which is a showcase of the flora in the region is a 10 minute drive from Pringle Bay.
Pringle Bay has several amazing HIKING TRAILS. The Hangklip Mountain trail takes 3 to 3.5 hours; Brodie Link Cape Nature 1.5 hours; the Old Coastal Pad 1 hour each way; the Lighthouse trail 1 to 2 hours depending whether you take the shortcut back and the Sea Farm trail via Maas Bay 2 to 4 hours.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve offers one and two day hikes for serious hikers. Also many good comments about their mountain bike trail.
10 minutes out of Pringle Bay you will find the Stony Point PENGUIN COLONY and there are plenty of excellent WHALE WATCHING opportunities along the coast.
There are abundant swimming, surfing and WATER SPORTS activities at Pringle Bay beach and the small lagoon at the mouth of the Buffels River is a favorite swimming place for children. Small children paddle, splash, swim, run, play games and build sand castles at the Buffel’s River Mouth.
Life savers are on duty during the holiday season. For SAND-BOARDING go to the Pringle Bay side of Betty’s Bay.
CANOING at Palmiet river is graded moderate to challenging and winter is white water season.
The MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL trail through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is a total distance of 36 km, and is highly recommended for fit nature lovers with lots of endurance.
The safe BOAT LAUNCHING facility is 6 kilometers away at Maasbaai and fishing trips can be arranged for visitors.
For BIRDWATCHERS there are rare and amazing opportunities to see Sunbirds, Eagles, Sugar birds and the African Black Oyster catcher.
Interesting species that frequent the area are the African Penguin, Flamingo, Egyptian Goose, Guinea Fowl, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Cape Francolin, Black Eagle, Black Cormorant, and the African Black Oystercatcher. The beach at Pringle Bay is a breeding ground for the Oyster-catcher.
WHALE ROUTE: The main types of whales that visit Pringle Bay, are Southern Right Whales, Humpback whales, Bryde’s whales and Orcas. This whale route has to be one of the most exciting and extraordinary journeys the planet has to offer, with whales coming so close into the bays that one can see the calosities and barnacles with the naked eye.
ARABELLA (+-30 kilometers out of Pringle Bay) is one of the country’s top GOLF COURSES, that also has a spa, 5 star hotel and restaurant. The lovely 18 hole Kleinmond golf course is +- 20 kilometers from Pringle Bay.
…… and a short drive will bring you to a variety of WINE FARMS and the WHALE CAPITAL Hermanus and Cape Town.
KOGELBERG is the Cape Nature Conservation’s prettiest reserve. It is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. There are 4 recognized trails: Kogelberg, 23km; 8-9 hours long, is a circular route taking you through the heart of the reserve. Palmiet River Walk, 9km; 3-4 hours, hugs the river and is graded easy. Palmiet Valley Trail, 18km; 6-7 hours, is also along the river, but goes deeper into the reserve to the Stokoe Bridge. The Oudebosch to Leopard’s Gorge hike is 6km and takes one through an indigenous forest from the Oudebosch offices to the top of the mountain and down into the Harold Porter Gardens in Betty’s Bay.
BRODIE LINK (Medium) 1.5 hours
Brodie Link is in one of the most beautiful fynbos areas and is easily accessible.
The start is approximately halfway along the old jeep track that runs from the Eastern end of Caesar Road to the R44. Cars can be left at either end of the jeep track. The track winds its way up the hill and not long after you reach the top, it meets another trail at a T-junction. The right hand fork takes you up a short but fairly steep section to two view sites. The left fork at the T-junction follows down towards Betty’s Bay with lovely views across the bay to Hermanus. The trail curves to the right and returns to the original trail just below the two view sites.
OLD COASTAL GRAVEL ROAD from Pringle Bay to Rooi Els (Easy) 1 hour each way
There are locked gates at both ends with pedestrian access at each as the land on both sides of the road is privately owned. The easiest approach is the gate just off the R44 (Clarence Drive) just before the Pringle Bay turn off.
THE LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL (Easy) 1 to 2 hours
This is one of the two trails starting either side of Maasbaai slipway which is along the gravel Hangklip Road. Start from the beach immediately to the right of the slipway; walk west round the coast and the lighthouse. After passing the lighthouse you will come to two very beautiful beaches, the first being Kleinbaai and the second, which has a couple of houses built close to the beach, is Grootbaai or Moonlight Bay. The trail ends here and the return can be via a shortcut through the dunes halfway along the beach.
THE SEA FARM TRAIL (Easy) 2 to 4 hours
Starting from the other side of the Maasbaai slipway (to the left) you will traverse a number of beaches with rocky outcrops in between which will require a bit of scrambling. The well defined trail only starts when you reach Sea Farm where the owners have generously provided the trail. There are a few rough spots that require care to be exercised. There is a further 1 km long beach on the far side of Sea Farm called Doringbaai where it is recommended that you keep your shoes on because it is not called Doringbaai for nothing. The trail then leads over a wide rocky promontory called Aasbank at the end of which is the 3 km Silversands Beach where the trail ends.
CAPE TOWN is hailed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world as officially recognised by Forbes. National Geographic has also enlisted Cape Town as one of the most iconic cities on the planet and “Places of a Lifetime”. Enjoy its Culture, Heritage, Cosmopolitan vibe.
The city has several well-known natural features that attract tourists, most notably Table Mountain. Either hike up, or take the Table Mountain Cableway . Drive To Cape Point along Chapman’s Peak Drive for spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby mountains. Cape Point is recognized as the dramatic headland at the end of the Cape Peninsula. Return via the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with its protected natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds.
It is possible to either drive or hike up Signal Hill for closer views of the City Bowl and Table Mountain. Visit Cape Town’s amazing beaches (and at Boulders Beach you can even swim with the penguins). Surfing is popular and the city hosts the Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing competition every year.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, in the Port of Cape Town, is the city’s most visited tourist attraction. It is also one of the city’s most popular shopping venues, with several hundred shops and restaurants and the Two Oceans Aquarium. Ferries depart for Robben Island and to Hout Bay, Simons Town and the Cape Fur Seal colonies on Seal and Duiker Islands. The Port of Cape Town is a hub for ships in the southern Atlantic; it is located along one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world.
Visit the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens, Parliament or at night the Artscape Theatre Centre or hundreds of clubs and restaurants.
Between Pringle Bay and Cape Town are the CAPE WINELANDS with popular day trips from Pringle Bay and the city for sightseeing and wine tasting.