Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trails

Robberg Nature Reserve is one of those rare beauties that offers more than just a pretty view with light hiking (2.2kms), to tougher trails (9.2kms).  In addition to hiking, lovely picnic sites are provided with barbecue facilities, running water, toilets and a kiosk.  Just a few minute’s drive from Bayside or a 45minute walk along the beach, Robberg is continually ranked the number one activity on Trip Advisor

Beautiful views and a lot of exercise!  Sep 2021

We spend a lot of time climbing mountains and rocks and appreciating the beautiful views. Tips: Take something to drink, shoes to climb, and if your not sure, take the 5km climb. Some steps is very high and for the 9km you have to be fit. If the wind is very strong, it can be dangerous.

Best hike I have ever done Aug 2021
The most beautiful hike- we did the 5.5km Witsand with my 9 and 12 year old kids . There is a large sand dune you walk down between two parts of the ocean. We were lucky to have seals swimming right near the Witsand shore. Pack lots of water- we were not prepared and ran out Quickly.  I would do it again- it’s amazing!


Robberg Nature Reserve World Heritage Site the most popular and iconic experience in Plettenberg Bay.

The raw beauty of this peninsula lures enthusiasts from far and wide and is popular with locals and tourists.  Robberg has several viewing points and areas that are marked “no entry”, please abide by the signs.

It is one of the most recognisable and traversed peninsulas in the world. The beauty of Robberg Nature Reserve is iconic and if you happen to find yourself in the area of Plettenberg Bay, you absolutely must visit. A World Heritage Site and National Monument, steeped in history, with prehistoric rocks and Stone Age artefacts, Robberg attracts visitors from all over the globe. The picturesque peninsula is home to a wealth of fynbos, flora and ocean life, all of which dazzle the senses.

Choose to hike the different trails, each with its own degree of difficulty, but all with unique beauty and scenery. 

It is really worth visiting the island adjacent to the peninsula. It is filled with lizards soaking up the sun and below, the waves crash against the rocks propelling rainbows of water spray into the air. The eastern side of the reserve gets the hot sun blazing down upon it, so lots of seals and dassies have made this side their home.

On a clear day you are likely to spot the ‘Robberg Express’, a very large great white shark, slowly making its way around the bay. Walk the whole way and you will reach a beautiful sand dune which leads to the western side of the reserve. This is the ‘wild side’ and its beauty is rugged and spectacular. Robberg is rumored to be one of the only places in the world to view great white sharks, from land, in their natural habitat. In whale season it is possible to see whales close to shore as they seek safe waters for their young calves.

As a national monument, Robberg is steeped in history with prehistoric rocks and Stone Age artefacts.  Visitors can find out more at the Nelson Bay Cave interpretive centre.

An overnight hut is available for those who want to spend more time on this beautiful reserve. Visit CapeNature to book this one-of-a-kind accommodation and for more information about Robberg.  Map of Robberg which is given to everyone entering at the gate.  Entrance is very reasonable at R50 if you do not have a wild card.

How to get there

GPS Co-ordinates: 34 06 15.30 S 23 23 31.56 E

General information

Office hours: 08:00–17:00
Tel: 044 533 2125/85

Robberg Nature Reserve a hundred years ago

Bayside Lodge:

Bayside now offering hiking holidays!