A isolated, rocky peninsula near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route is known as the most well-liked hiking location in and around Plettenberg Bay.
Just 8 km south of Plettenberg Bay, on the Robberg Peninsula, there is not only a nature reserve but also a national monument and a marine protected area. The peninsula, which is around 4 kilometres long, juts out into the ocean like a miniature Cape peninsula.
The rugged shoreline, which is home to hundreds of Cape Fur Seals, and the waterways, which are abundant with dolphins and whales, are what draw tourists to this area.
A group of ocean seabirds, including albatross, broadbilled prion, and Subantarctic skua, fill the air with their calls as they travel to and from the Sub-Antarctic island, Marion Island, south of the peninsula. Montane fynbos sweeps up the wind-driven, steep slopes covered in salt spray. It serves as a location for the endangered African black oystercatcher to reproduce.
On the Robberg Peninsula, kelp gulls breed, especially after boardwalk construction allowed for the repair of degraded areas and kept people out of nesting grounds.
The smallest antelope in the nation, the uncommon blue duiker, hide in the evergreen tangles and sporadically emerge to trekkers when they feel comfortable. This tiny blue-grey antelope, which weighs less than 5 kg, has a tuft of hair on its head and a pair of short, pointed horns.
The Robberg Nature reserve is much more than just a beautiful natural setting. A significant Middle and Later Stone Age archaeological site is located there. A time when grasslands rather than the sea extended beyond the southern horizon can be seen in Nelson Bay Cave.
And the Robberg rocks are from the early Cretaceous, 130 to 110 million years ago.
Three circular routes are available to hikers, including the four-hour journey to The Point. Kayakers advise that the best approach to explore the rocky shoreline is to see it from the safety of their boats. Fishing is also done from rocks and the ocean (any other type of fishing is forbidden within one nautical mile of the peninsula).
How Long Is Robberg Hike?
Robberg hike take about 4 hours. Do not stand near cliffs, particularly if the wind is very strong. Point Circuit Trail distance: 9.2km. Young children shouldn’t attempt this tough stroll because it is quite challenging. The trail ascends the northern ridge to the Point before returning via the southern shore’s rocky outcroppings.
What To Do At Robberg Nature Reserve
On the reserve, there are three viewing platforms with picnic areas. At each of the three locations, there are water points. Animals and birds should not be fed by visitors.
During the breeding and calving seasons, from June to November, southern right whales can be seen from the reserve. Private charters are available for those who want to get up up and personal with these magnificent animals.
Swimming in the ocean is feasible, however caution is advised due to the strong currents. Unsupervised swimming should not be allowed for kids.
Hiking And Walking
The three circular routes available range in length and difficulty. No matter the route, guests are required to put on hiking boots, sunscreen, and hats. Since the weather might change unexpectedly, it’s imperative to have water and warm gear. hiking routes The three available routes can be completed in anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. All provide breathtaking views, fresh sea breezes, and opportunities to see the peninsula’s birdlife. No dogs, no fires unless in approved areas, no littering, and no fishing without a licence. Permits At the reserve office or through CapeNature Central Reservations, permits can be obtained for R50 per adult and R30 per kid.
Kelp gulls are raised in a seagull nursery in Robberg. The relocation of boardwalks away from their nesting locations has significantly increased the success of this project. When taking excursions and hikes around the peninsula, visitors should take care not to disturb these birds.
How To Get To Robberg Nature Reserve
Take the N2 route toward Plettenberg Bay from Cape Town. Take the Piesang Valley turn-off as you approach. 3 kilometres will pass before you reach Robberg Road. Drive another 4 kilometres in the direction of Plettenberg Airport. At the “Robberg” sign, turn left and proceed until you reach the entrance gate.
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