Me, Rachel Swailes. My blog about stuff I get up to in and around the Western Cape, Cape Town, George, Wilderness, Hermanus and other cool places :)

Steenbras River Trail (Crystal Pools)

Getting there

As you leave Gordon’s Bay traveling towards Kogel Bay (or Hermanus) you will travel over the Steenbras River Bridge and on the right hand side just after the bridge is a parking area. You can leave your cars there and walk back to the bridge where you will see a wooden hut and a person there (sometimes) who will check your permits.


You need to contact Sunbird Guest House (021) 856 1740 to organize the permits. They don’t take bookings for the trail but you can give them a call in the morning to check on how many other people already have permits. They are the last house on the sea side of the road as you leave Gordon’s Bay. It’s well signposted so you can just pull in there and get the permits from reception. They were R10 pp in 2007.

The hike in 2006
The hike in 2007

The Waterfall