Crystal Pools Hike and Swim

(6 customer reviews)


Crystal Pools is a very popular hike close to Gordans Bay. It hosts a series of natural rock pools in a beautiful Valley known as the Steenbras River Gorge, it officially forms part of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and the hike follows the Palmiet River up the gorge.


The hike isn’t too strenuous hike but there are inclines and declines so you will work up a good sweat and earn that swim.


We’ll hike to 4 pools, swim when it suits the group progress, have a long break at our favorite pool and return the same route taking breaks when necessary throughout.


Meet up : 7:45 am

Hiking Duration: 5 hrs complete

Distance: 6km

Difficulty level: Entry level – we will take our time with the steep sections and keep the group together at all costs. There’s also a short technical section before getting to the last pool where you will have to maneuver up and over some rocks.


What’s included : Qualified and Experienced Guide, First aider, Permit.


Discount for group bookings depending on group size

3-5 persons – 20%

6-9 persons – 30%


NB: Please enquire regarding the date as we can only confirm based on availability of permits, weekends are not available on short notice.


Enquiries: Email or contact +27 84 267 5833.


We’ll do a briefing prior to starting the hike to ensure readiness. All we need to do is decide on a date 🙂


Weather forecast

Refunds are possible if canceled 24hrs prior.

If the tour doesn’t proceed for an unforeseen circumstance, we will refund accordingly if reasonable.


We look forward to hosting you. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Reviews (6)

6 reviews for Crystal Pools Hike and Swim

  1. Natalie Dunn

    Definately visiting the Crystal Pools again!! This hike is a lovely adventure stopping at all four pools to swim & playing under the waterfalls IS a MUST!!

  2. Edwina Africa

    Excellent absolutely beautiful scenery.. Thank you Idrees for an amazing experience.

    • TrailFitSA (store manager)

      Thank you for feedback! Good to hear that you enjoyed the experience.

  3. Corrie

    The hike exceeded my expectations and the pools are amazing! The hike is well organised, and Idrees is a wonderful guide that will go the extra mile to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time! Highly recommended!

    • TrailFitSA (store manager)

      Thanks so much, we appreciate the feedback and glad that you enjoyed the hike!

  4. Christin Röhl

    Absolutely love this hike. I will be going again. It is worth the money. There are safety in numbers and it’s good to have an experienced guide. The pools are amazing. I highly recommend!

    • TrailFitSA (store manager)

      Thanks for the feedback and recommendations!

  5. Nasreen (verified owner)

    Gorgeous trail led by one of the most patient guides! Idrees always checks in to make sure the group is comfortable and really sets a pace that allows you to take in the full experience. Perhaps the best way to spend a summers day!!!!

  6. Karen

    Absolutely stunning, views were breathtaking. The trail was clean and well marked. Idrees was very entertaining, awesome guy. As I’m a bit older and not as fit as the younger crowd i thought the pace a bit fast. Although saying that Idrees always checked to see if we were all okay. Will definitely come again.

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