Local Attractions in Pringle Bay

Ringed by ancient mountains, the Cape Floristic Kingdom and the sea, this is an idyllic place in which to unwind at Pringle Bay’s beautiful safe beach and warm lagoon. Glen Craig is a perfect blend of modern facilities with old world colonial charm, designed to work harmoniously with nature in the most eco-friendly way possible. Lovingly owner managed, Glen Craig exudes the tranquil relaxed atmosphere induced by its magnificent location on twenty six acres in what is Cape Nature Conservation’s prettiest reserve with its exceptional quality of pristine fynbos.

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Hiking

Pringle Bay has walking trails of different grades that provide spectacular views of the scenic beauty of the area.

  • HANGKLIP MOUNTAIN (Strenuous) 3.5 hours

This is Pringle Bay’s premier trail. The Cape Nature signboard and entrance gate are located just before the northern end of Clarence Drive, shortly before it joins up with the top of Stream Road. From the gate the trail follows the stream up the valley and after approximately 1.5 kilometers the trail turns off to the right. From there the trail snakes its way up to the top of Hangklip Mountain. The same trail is used to return to Pringle Bay. It is not recommended to attempt this trail in strong winds.

  • BRODIE LINK (Medium) 1.5 hours

Brodie Link is in one of the most beautiful fynbos areas and is easily accessible. The start is approximately halfway along the old jeep track that runs from the Eastern end of Caesar Road to the R44. Cars can be left at either end of the jeep track. The track winds its way up the hill and not long after you reach the top, it meets another trail at a T-junction. The right hand fork takes you up a short but fairly steep section to two view sites. The left fork at the T-junction follows down towards Betty’s Bay with lovely views across the bay to Hermanus. The trail curves to the right and returns to the original trail just below the two view sites.

  • OLD COASTAL GRAVEL ROAD from Pringle Bay to Rooi Els (Easy) 1 hour each way

There are locked gates at both ends with pedestrian access at each as the land on both sides of the road is privately owned. The easiest approach is the gate just off the R44 (Clarence Drive) just before the Pringle Bay turn off.

  • THE LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL (Easy) 1 to 2 hours

This is one of the two trails starting either side of Maasbaai slipway which is along the gravel Hangklip Road. Start from the beach immediately to the right of the slipway; walk west round the coast and the lighthouse. After passing the lighthouse you will come to two very beautiful beaches, the first being Kleinbaai and the second, which has a couple of houses built close to the beach, is Grootbaai or Moonlight Bay. The trail ends here and the return can be via a shortcut through the dunes halfway along the beach.

  • THE SEA FARM TRAIL (Easy) 2 to 4 hours

Starting from the other side of the Maasbaai slipway (to the left) you will traverse a number of beaches with rocky outcrops in between which will require a bit of scrambling. The well defined trail only starts when you reach Sea Farm where the owners have generously provided the trail. There are a few rough spots that require care to be exercised. There is a further 1 km long beach on the far side of Sea Farm called Doringbaai where it is recommended that you keep your shoes on because it is not called Doringbaai for nothing. The trail then leads over a wide rocky promontory called Aasbank at the end of which is the 3 km Silversands Beach where the trail ends.

Golfing

The Arabella golf course in South Africa is ranked by Complete Golfer magazine as the number one golf course in the Western Cape. It is also featured in Golf Digest’s USA’s Top 60 courses outside of America in 2007.

Designed and built in 1999 by celebrated South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich, who is also credited with the design of Western Cape courses de Zalze and Steenberg, this classic parkland course has spectacular views across the Bot River lagoon and across the Kogelberg mountain range.

The Kleinmond Golf Course

The course (10 holes) is set in magnificent scenery between beautiful mountains and sea surroundings.  Wild life and natural Cape flora provide the beauty for ideal golfing terrain. Whales can often be seen playing in the bay whilst walking the fairways during the months of July to October.

The course measures 5761 metres with a par of 72 and a SAGU rating of 70.  Different tees are used and the course provides for a challenging golfing experience all year round. Climatic conditions are excellent for most part of the year.

Whale Watching

Whale watching all year round, particularly between June & Nov when the Southern Right Whales calve and mate in the area.

Abalone Farm

The South African South Coast has clean, healthy water, ideal temperatures and a natural abundance of premium abalone (Haliotis Midae), world renowned for appearance, taste and texture. Where better to base one of the country’s leading exporters of quality, cultured abalone? Visit the abalone farms situated in this nature lover’s paradise, 140km from Cape Town, in the small fishing village of Hermanus.

Sand Boarding

Sand boarding on the Blesberg Dune is just one of the activities that this area has to offer. The dune was established many hundreds of years ago brought in by massive south easterly winds. Today the dune is wind managed by our light summer south easterlies and the topped in winter by the storming north westerly wind. The white dune is a living dune and is for ever changing its expression.

The adrenalin Run – wax on wax off polish the under surface like an antique piece of furniture, walk up to a height of 210m just below the rock mantle and take a breather. Mentally prepare yourself for the run of your life. Whether natural or goofy, strap the board on securely, take in a deep breath and venture forth. The adrenalin run is a rush like no other.

Shark Cage Diving

Dyer Island, Geyser Rock and Shark Alley are teeming with sea life! Cape Fur Seals, Jackass Penguins and a wide variety of sea birds can be seen on your trip… and with all this food around… the Great White Sharks are sure to be there!!!

In fact Great White Sharks are spotted preying on seals so frequently that the area has become known as the Great White Shark capital of the world, and this is where Great White Shark Diving will take you for the experience of a lifetime.

Penguin Colony

Close to the old lighthouse on a point of land and near the last remains of a wrecked whaler, the Balena, lies the penguin colony at Stony Point started in 1982. For the first few years, it was possible to walk into the colony and inspect the penguins at close quarters but due to attacks on the birds by leopards and other predators, a fence was constructed to give them a bit of protection.

It seems certain that most of the penguins came from the colony at Dyer Island, 60 km farther east. Once penguins start breeding, they are extremely unlikely to switch colonies. So the colonists are most likely to be young penguins from Dyer Island that established themselves at Stony Point as breeding birds.

The first nests in the colony were in among the rocks at the tip of the Stony Point peninsula. As the colony increased in size, birds started to nest under thick vegetation on an adjacent sandy area. The penguin guano slowly killed these bushes, and birds chose nests sites farther away from the sea. Nowadays, there are substantial numbers of penguin nests outside the fenced off area. These birds are vulnerable to disturbance, especially from dogs. Plans are being made to increase the size of the protected area.

Beaches

The Overstrand is a hotspot of biodiversity. The 4 villages of Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Pringle Bay & Rooi Els form part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Fynbos World Heritage Site, the smallest but richest of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms with more than 6000 endemic plants.

Betty’s Bay has some wonderful beaches. Silver Sands and Hangklip dunes lie to the west of Stony Point offering a beach of over four kilometres and great kite surfing opportunities. The beach is also good for picnics, swimming and surfing however Jock’s Bay and Shelly Beach, close to the Harold Porter garden, offer the younger generation better paddling and shell collecting opportunities.

Kleinmond has one of the most beautiful beaches – with Blue Flag status – in the world, though all along this coastline are glorious white sandy beaches and stretches of rock pools with intriguing inhabitants.

On the rocks and beaches a variety of cormorants and gulls can be found.  Amongst the rock pools Egyptian Geese, Little Egrets, Cape Wagtails and a variety of swallows and swifts are often seen.

Diving

Dive for abalone (perlemoen), rock lobster, alikreukel, venus ear, black mussel, white mussel, limpet, periwinkle, octopus, bloodworm, red bait, sea urchin, oyster. Please note a permit is required for harvesting any marine species and restrictions apply. Abalone and Rock Lobster have a closed season.

Art Route

The Art Route Gallery in nearby Betty’s Bay. Visitors will find unique paintings, sculptures and other crafts on display by local and well known artists.

Angling

Angle from the rocks. Galjoen, Red Roman, Blacktail, White Steenbras, Musselcracker, Geelbek, Kob, Red Stumpnose, Hottentot. Please note a permit is required and restrictions apply. Galjoen has a closed season.