Hiking and Walking

The six hiking trails vary in duration and required fitness levels. Each route has stunning scenery, with many bird-watching opportunities along the way.

Hiking trails

A variety of hiking trails are offered in this beautiful reserve ranging from two to six hours. Take plenty of water and a sense of adventure with you!

Help us protect nature

No camping or caravanning/no bait collection/no spear fishing/no fires on the beach/no motorbikes.


Permits may be purchased for R40 per adult and R20 per child at the reserve office or through CapeNature Central Reservations.

Trail preparation

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
  • Do not hike alone.
  • Carry enough food and water with you.
  • Make sure you know what the weather conditions are before you depart.
  • Take a warm jacket/raincoat in winter.
  • Make sure you have a relevant map of the area.
  • Take a field medical kit with you for emergencies.
  • Obey all signage.
  • Stay in a group and on the trails.

Blombos Route

Trail distance: 15km
Estimated time: 6 hours

Popular with birders, the trail is 15km in length, but can be split into two shorter circular routes: the 13.5km Porcupine Trail (four to five hours) and the circular 6.5km Bushpig Trail (two to three hours). Hikers begin their route by crossing a river on a self-hauled ferry, then head off into the Milkwood forest before making their choice to head along the dunes, stay in the forest or traverse the entire reserve. The full Blombos Route should take six hours to complete.

Galjoen Trail

Trail distance: 12km
Estimated time: 4 hours

Hikers need to consult tide tables before heading off on this seaboard hike to Platbank, as it is inaccessible during spring high tide. Return transport should be arranged before departing or hikers will need to walk back.

Cape Clawless Otter Trail

Trail distance: 6.5km
Estimated time: 2–3 hours

This hike takes visitors alongside the southern shoreline of Groenvlei Lake. Hikers will pass through indigenous forest of milkwood trees and along the shores of the beautiful lake.

Buffalo Bay Trail

Trail distance: 4.2km
Estimated time: 2 hours

This is a circular or open-ended trail that passes through the holiday town of Buffalo Bay, into the indigenous forest and along the coastline. With great sea views all along the trail, this is a popular route for whale watching from June to November each year.