This hike is on Cairnbrogie farm which offers spectacular views on various activities including hiking trails and is an easy 10 minute drive from Bayside Lodge and is located along the airport road west of Robberg Nature Reserve. It is also part of the newly established Robberg Coastal Corridor. This hike would be a great half day addition to the Surf and Turf slackpacking hiking trail. The farm offers all types of activities including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding, birding and dog walking. There is a lovely café where you pay R50 per day and the information maps and boards are extensive.
We have enjoyed this hike a number of ways :
- 9km from the café where 3.5km one way and back is along the farm road past paddocks. Then 4.5km is the circular hiking route where the coastal trail heads inland and joins a cycling path.
- 5km from the carpark at the start of the hiking trail one way along the coast and the same way back.
- Gorge one way and back 1.6km (strenuous) followed by circular 4.5km hike. On Strava we recorded 8.5km for this route so more than on their map.
The carpark is flat and grassy and a great spot to finish off with a picnic while enjoying the view.
Information from their website
Covering over 100ha of coastal fynbos, Cairnbrogie farm is located along South Africa’s spectacular Garden Route. A natural playground for the fitness fanatic, mountain bike junkie or even a family looking for some time in the great outdoors. Offering forests to coastal cliffs and secret coves. Multiple tracks and trails on offer as well as sporting events and a great venue as well as a cafe and even a dairy.
Pump Track and Café
Pump tracks are extremely popular among a multitude of riders and we offer children and older riders a safe environment to be active on. The tracks feature a series of bumps/rollers that allow riders to use their momentum in order to gain speed and carry momentum. It is great fun so bring your bike, scooters, push bikes etc. and join us at the Pump Track.
WHAT IS THE ROBBERG COASTAL CORRIDOR?
In a ground-breaking, never been tried before land conservation approach, a few visionary landowners made application to the Minister for Environmental Affairs and Development Planning of the Western Cape province. The intention was to declare its members’ properties a Protected Environment (PE) in terms of the national Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. The minister, Anton Bredell, signed the declaration on Monday the 31st August 2015.
IT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE
The Robberg Coastal Corridor is a practical act of altruism. Looking towards the future a group of landowners came together for for the greater good with the understanding that in order for the planet to survive biodiversity has to naturally occur. In order to do this, species need to be able to travel freely. As an anchor tenant of the initiative Cairnbrogie is leading the Robberg Coastal Corridor initiative.