Geelkrans two hikers on the beach
Geelkrans Nature Reserve

Map of Reserve area

Bordering the Stilbaai Marine Protected Area

What to Do

Geelkrans offers 2 one-day trails which allow visitors to explore the reserve’s rich plant and wildlife (link this to Geelkrans Nature Reserve Conservation once published). The Geelkrans route circles back along the coast which is perfect for exploring rock pools and the beach.

Easy to use trail maps for these hiking trails created by Forge can be downloaded here.

Help us to protect nature

To protect the tranquillity of Geelkrans Nature Reserve, we kindly request visitors to refrain from driving beyond the designated parking area. In the spirit of conserving our natural wonders, we urge guests to be mindful of nesting birds and stick to the marked paths, ensuring the fragile vegetation remains undisturbed. Moreover, for a truly magical beach experience, please keep in mind that access is possible during low or receding tides. By embracing these responsible tourism practices, you play a crucial role in safeguarding this coastal gem. Please note NO ANGLING is allowed as this is part of the Stilbaai Marine Protected Area.


Permits may be purchased for R50 per adult and R30 per child online before entry.

Trail preparation

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.

  • Do not hike alone.

  • Carry enough food and water with you. No drinking water is available along the route.

  • Make sure you know what the weather conditions and tidal times 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.

Trail 1: Geelkrans Circular

  • Maximum people allowed on the trail per day (if applicable): 50

  • Total distance in km: 7.7km there and back

  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate

  • Estimated time to complete: 3 hours

  • Notes: No water available on route and there are two wooden decks on the trail for resting or to ejoy a lovely picnic.

Trail 2: Taaibos

  • Maximum people allowed on the trail per day (if applicable): 25

  • Total distance in km: 4.4 km there and back

  • Degree of difficulty: Moderate

  • Estimated time to complete: 1.5 hours

  • Notes: The route treks up and along ancient dunes covered in natural vegetation. The trails provides stunning scenery of Stilbaai and the greater coastal area

Visitors can cool off in the refreshing waves of this pristine beach area.

Summer offers fantastic snorkelling opportunities in large, clear rock pools which is sheltered from currents and waves at low tide.

Scenic wooden decks provide perfect spots for picnics and taking in the picturesque views.

Geelkrans has a variety of resident and migratory bird species and more than 144 species may be viewed throughout the year on the reserve. The yellow cliffs on the reserve attracts breeding birds such as rock kestrel, cape cormorant and kelp gull.

Geelkrans offers fantastic whale-watching opportunities in spring, when these gentle giants come to breed and nurse their calves. Enjoy whale watching from the coastal wooden decks and vantage points.

Visitors can explore the reserve by hiking through coastal vegetation and along the unique stretch of coast with dynamic sandstone cliffs and extensive intertidal areas. There are two wooden decks from which to enjoy the picturesque views or have a picnic. 

The Geelkrans section of the Stilbaai MPA is a Restricted Zone, no fishing or removal of living marine organisms allowed.

Cars are not allowed past the parking area. Please do not disturb nesting birds and keep to specified paths to avoid trampling sensitive vegetation. Please also note that the beach may only be accessed on a low or falling tide.

See a brochure and map of Geelkrans Nature Reserve below as well as the Visitor's Guide.

How to get there

To reach this coastal haven, simply follow Preekstoel Road when entering Stilbaai, and as you arrive at the road's end, continue east, following the signs leading to the reserve.

GPS: 34°21'55.0"S 21°27'43.0"E.

Office hours: 07h30 – 16h00 (Monday – Friday)

Gate hours

07h30 – 16h00 (sharp)

Contact details

Geelkrans Nature Reserve: 087 087 4118

Emergency (fire and rescue): 082 496 2522

Reservations: 087 087 8250

Experience Geelkrans

Conservation Fees


Day Access = R50


Day Access = R30

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