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Crystal Pools Hike – Kogelberg Biosphere

Crystal Pools – where cool waters shimmer

On Saturday 22 February 2014, a group of our Eco-Rangers (along with parents and some Grandparents) enjoyed an exceptional day out at Crystal Pools. What a perfect day to spend a Saturday! The walk begins at the Steenbras River mouth and winds along the banks of the Steenbras River, through the valley. Eventually you reach the spectacular rock pools carved out of sandstone.

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Crystal pools – pool 2


The walk was hot and the rocky paths up and down made it tough for the little people in our group – we had one four year old and a mother carrying a tiny babe. Anyhow, there were many beautiful rocks to explore, a few insects to catch and one or two flowers to be found along the way. And to make up for all the hard work . . . we had the refreshing, natural pools to paddle and swim in.
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Crystal pools – cooling off


Surrounding the pools were gorgeous, twisted, gnarled trees with feathery greenery below and smooth rocks to settle on. Wow, what a magical place to enjoy a picnic. The second pool was so inviting that we never made it to the next (we’ll do that next time). Our bonus (apart from the refreshing, freshwater pools) for the day was a few moments spent amongst a troupe of Baboons who were taking a swim while others enjoyed a sweet snack of succulent grass. The babes on the other hand bounced in the trees and had a great time. Well done to all who joined us. We hope you enjoyed yourselves.

How to get there:

Steenbras River Bridge

Steenbras River Bridge


PLEASE NOTE: All persons attending this hike must remain with the group at all times. No one is to jump off rocks into the pools without prior permission from the group leader. Jumping into the pools can be dangerous and only certain areas are suitable. Diving into the pools is NOT permitted.

The trail:
Moderate fitness required
Total distance: ±4.2km
Time: ± 2hours

Directions:
Drive out to Gordon’s Bay on the N2. Take the turn-off to Gordon’s Bay. You will reach a T-junction when you arrive at Gordon’s Bay — turn left onto the R44 (Clarence Drive, which is the coastal road that leads to Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay etc). After 6.6km you will reach Sunbird Guest Lodge on the right-hand side of the road. Parking is just further along the road, over the bridge and on the right-hand side

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