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Crystal Pools at Steenbras

Location: 6km south of Gordon's Bay on the R44.  See the Google Map below for parking places. (See also Steenbras Ridge and Boskloof Ridge)

Overview: A gorge with a magnificent set of pools. Ideal for a lazy summer day!

NB.  For at least a year from 1 May 2011 the area is to be closed for rehabilitation. Read the press release here

Access: This is a City Council controlled area and permits (R60 pp) must be obtained in advance by emailing steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za   Crystal Pools is very popular on summer weekends and numbers are limited. Advance booking is essential. The area is closed in winter (1 May to 31 Oct)

Key Statistics
Grade: 1 *** or 2 if one goes up to the top pools
Height gain: 100m (from 30m to 130m) to first pools and 200m to top pools
Time: 1-2 hrs up, 1-2 down depending on route - and how much swimming!

Route Description:

From the parking on the R44 (100m south of the bridge) it is an easy walk up the gorge, crossing the river three times before the bottom pool is reached in about an hour.

From there, take you pick (or find a free pool!) and explore up to the next 3 pools. The path does get steeper and there is some easy scrambling involved.

If you have the time, it is worth continuing up the gorge on the left (Grade 2) to the top pool, with breathtaking views of all the pools and waterfalls as one goes.

Resources: There is a useful Slingsby map of the gorge, a pdf map of all the routes, and a set of GPS tracks

View Steenbras area in a larger map