Steenbras Nature Reserve includes the well known Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail which is a popular destination for abseiling, kloof jumping and swimming in the rock pools, as well as two more hiking trails known as the Danie Miller hiking trail and the Klipspringer hiking trail. Other activities enjoyed along the beautiful coastline include: whale watching, scenic drives and coastal fishing. 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 area was declared as Steenbras Nature Reserve according to the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 on 15 September 2017. The City of Cape Town’s portion of the protected environment is more than 8 500 hectares in extent!

Opening hours
Office hours
07:30 – 16:00

Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail bookings:
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)
8:30 – 14:30

18° 49' 37.2", -34° 13' 1.2"