Things To Do in Plettenberg BayKranshoek Coastal Hiking Trail
Where? Start and finish at Kranshoek picnic site, Kranshoek Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay
When? Best during daylight hours.
How? Call SAN Parks on +27 (0)44 302-5606
How much? Price on request
Start: Kranshoek picnic site, Kranshoek Nature Reserve
Finish: Kranshoek picnic site
Duration: 9 km, 5 hours
Fitness: fit (this is a challenging hike)
Our tip: There is an alternative 4 km route up to the viewpoint and then back to the picnic spot; a good idea if it is particularly hot, as this hike is fairly taxing
This scenically beautiful, though challenging, circular trail takes place in close proximity to both the Harkerville and Otter Trails, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. To reach the picnic area take the Harkerville turn off the N2 and drive towards Plettenberg Bay. There are obvious Kranshoek Nature Reserve signs.
The hike takes in the kind of coastal scenery that easily competes with the Otter Trail. And though not as long, at least you don't have to wait month to experience the trail.
It is only fair to highlight that this trail really is regarded as tough going, even by those who consider themselves fit. In places you will need to scramble along sharp rocks, whilst in other areas the path narrows where there is also a steep drop to one side. Railings and steps have apparently recently been constructed over the more difficult sections.
There is also one particularly steep section.
The trail starts at the top of a waterfall, heads through natural forest and down to what has been described as a magnificent strip of coastline, and then back through coastal fynbos and plantation.
Children over the age of eight should manage the walk, but leave extra time for plenty of swim stops in the rock pools.
Keep an eye out too for the Cape clawless otter and whales in season.