Kranshoek Hiking Trail
Kranshoek Hiking Trail
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The Kranshoek Trail is a challenging but very beautiful trail. Starting at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall, then winds its way through the forest down into the gorge through which the waterfall's stream flows. It follows this stream towards the coast and then leads along the coast before going up the slopes to the plateau and back to the picnic site via the Kranshoek viewpoint. Distance: 9/ 4km.
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Greenshutters16
Niagara Falls, Canada81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Beautiful area - lovely hike including forest and shoreline sections. Footing on the decent to sea quite tricky and we were so busy watching our footing that we couldn't look around as much as we had hoped. Once at the seaside, wonderful expansive views. We took alternate route back to picnic area. Although quite a steep climb there were impressive vistas of the whole coast. Really breathtaking. We were given the park ranger's WhatsApp number in case of emergency/difficulty but didn't have any signal during the hike. Perhaps just not the right carrier? A lovely area, definitely worth exploring. Came back to the same area for zip lining the following day.
Written 24 March 2021
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CuriousMeerkatjie
Cape Town, South Africa467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We did the Perdekop hiking trail located in Harkerville (Nature Reserve). This is an easy 9km hike trough indigenous forest. Towards the end there is a small section which requires you to walk on a jeep track but soon you will enter the forest again.

We did manage see a Knysna loerie soon after we started the hike and it sure was worth it.

This is a fabulous hike if you need a break from the sun since you walk in the shade. Just keep going in the direction the horse's nose is pointing and you will finish this hike in no time. I think water is being pumped out of the river and as such the waterfall is really just a (small) tranquil pool and not too exciting.

I enjoyed the forest sounds and the large trees. We did see some baboons but not many birds since the trees are very tall. I am glad we did this hike and I will do it again if I have the time.
Written 19 January 2022
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Clare F
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I had done the shorter Kranzhoek trail over 20 years ago and was keen to revisit.
We did the full trail which we found very challenging especially after the storm. The trail definitely needs some TLC, not only because of the storm. We are a retired couple and felt quite a sense of achievement having done it but had not appreciated how challenging it would be.
Written 2 October 2023
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PaulGiardelli
United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A great hike around the shore line and hills. Highlights in march were the seals playing and beautiful beaches. Need to be pretty fit. Can do in trainers, but light boots would be better. Takes about 4 hours.
Written 27 March 2020
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WomensTravelWorld
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa1 071 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a beautiful area, not crowded and trails covered in shade most of the trails. The Flora Trail is a nice trail to go on, easy, and short. You can also do just part of the Coastal Walk trail, you don't have to do the entire hike. There is a beautiful outlook with amazing views that you can drive to, a great place for whale watching! Beautiful and quiet place to hike!
Written 15 February 2020
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Tim W
Ringwood, UK25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Odd that the SA tourism websites don't mention it, but this trail has been closed for several months, which you find out only when you get there. A cynic might think that SA national Parks want the R72 per person that foreigners pay for entry. A bargain compared to the R130 charged for the trails at Wilderness a few miles west of here.
Written 18 February 2018
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Peter F
Hermanus, South Africa483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This hiking trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site and from there descends 2 km through shady indigenous forest down to the beach about 200 vertical meters below. Within the forest a stream is crossed several times. There is also a good view point of a waterfall. Eventually a boulder-beach is reached. About hundred meters farther East one could climb up a different path to the viewing platform above - this is the short route. However, when continuing farther East a number of beautiful beaches are crossed, most with boulders, a few sandy. Also, in some places one has to climb up the slope for about up to 100m (~half-way up) to circumnavigate some rough cliffs. These scrambles are mostly within the shade of generally low bushy vegetation. Close to sea-level, the hike involves a lot of boulder-hopping requiring a good level of fitness. Later a number of small streams are crossed and just before climbing up the slope leading to the top of the escarpment, a larger beach is reached where one could have a swim. This may be most welcome in summer. We did this hike in October within 3 hours but one could spend a lot longer. There are many small and cozy beaches which would make perfect rest and picnic sites. After a steep ascent to about 175 m above sea level the route essentially backtracks onto itself at a higher level offering beautiful sea views and views of the route already hiked along the beaches. The last 2 km or so back to the Kranshoek view point follows a forestry road which is the least exciting part of the hike. Here it could get very hot in summer as there is no shade. Overall, this is a fantastic hike offering interesting different environments in a rather remote setting. Sufficient drinking water needs to be taken along, particularly in summer. This hike is not suitable for smaller kids.
Written 5 November 2016
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London_girl_8313
London, United Kingdom32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
My husband and I walked the longer 4 hour trail. The scenery was very beautiful, steps down through the woods and across several streams, followed by a stretch across the beach, then upwards and back along the cliffs. We are in our 30s and quite fit but found the trail hard going. In places you need to scramble up and down sharp rocks, across escarpments and in places the path is narrow with a steep drop to the side. In places the trail markers were not very clear, which was a little disconcerting. We were proud to complete the trail, but it's not for the faint of heart.
Written 28 December 2013
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AnnieLouDean
Keswick, UK127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
The path has been closed for quite a while due to fire and has only just reopened. We are both regular hikers/walkers but I was not ready for this.
As it has only just reopened it has not been walked. There is a lot of sandy soil with loose rocks and the wooden rails that have been put in are loose. The trails are quite narrow and overgrown.
That was kind of ok, the worst bit for me was the scree. It was very loose and if you are not used to it quite daunting.
We managed the walk ok but I can’t say I enjoyed it.
The path needs a lot of attention to make it more pleasurable.
You need to be quite fit and make sure you take plenty of water.
Written 21 December 2018
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646craigk
Port Elizabeth, South Africa17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
I can't recommend this hike enough! It is more on the strenuous side, but if you arrive earlyish and take your time to enjoy the scenery, you'll never forget it. The start is at the picnic site close to the View Point at Harkeville and begins by meandering through breathtaking lush forest with amazing views past a high waterfall and down towards the sea. Towards the bottom you'll walk alongside the river down onto the pebble beach and turn left.
Once on the beach section, you'll be walking/climbing over rocks and meandering back into the forest and back to the beach at various points. There are beautiful sea views and amazing gullys to explore if not too rough.
Towards the end you'll head back into the forest and back up to the top of the mountain and then along some paths and gravel road towards the picnic site. You'll also go passed the View Point which provides breathtaking views.

I took my 3 children ages, 8, 7, and 5; but my 5 year old did struggle a bit (but he made it in the end) so if you're taking children, you'll need to gauge whether they're used to hiking or not. All in all the hike is about 9.1km.

Highly recommended!
Written 5 June 2018
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