Crystal Pools Hiking Trail, Gordon's Bay, Cape Town South Africa

Cliff Jumping at Crystal Pools, Hiking Trail Gordon's Bay

One of the nicest hiking trails in the Helderberg is Crystal Pools Hiking Trail, Gordon's Bay. The hiking trail is clearly marked and the trails are well maintained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the top pool. Where you can take leap a off the cliffs in the pool below or just take a refreshing swim in the fresh mountain streams. The Steenbras River is feed from the Steenbras Dam which is located above the trail (you can see the dam from the N2).

To get to the Crystal Pools Hiking Trail head out of Gordon's Bay along the coastal road towards Steenbras River heading towards Rooielse. Before you get to the Steenbras River Bridge there are a cluster of homes with a restaurant called the Sunbird, permits are available at R15 each. The parking area is across the Stenbrass River Bridge and the entrance to the Crystal Pools Hiking Trail starts from there.

Take along towels, something warm and be careful of snakes especially puff adders. I believe that there is also a troop of Baboons in the area that are terrorizing hikers attempting to hijack their rug sacks to get a free lunch. A final word of warning be very careful when climbing the waterfalls many people have slipped and to get medical help can take hours due to the lack of access. 

To see what it is like to cliff jump at Crystal Pools take a look at this amazing video clip of cliff jumping at Crystal Pools, Gordons Bay, Cape Town South Africa:

Crystal Pools Extreme Cliff Jumping


  1. Anonymous6/11/09

    Being the official website of the Helderberg Basin is quite a distinction. There are many Helderberg sites claiming to be the same. Who is it? You might want to publish that communication from the City of Cape Town, appointing you to Official Site, to put people's minds at rest.
    Somerset West Resident

  2. Thank you, for your assistance fantastic idea!

  3. Anonymous4/4/11

    Hi Guys, I would just like to find out if the Crystal pools Hike is still open this weekend, 9th April 2011??

  4. Can anyone please clarify when the Crystal Pools trail will close?

  5. For how long will it be closed?

  6. Anonymous24/4/12

    Will the trail be open on 27 April 2012? Would like to do that trail then.

  7. Anonymous14/11/12

    Where can i find the directions to the pools from cape town?

  8. Anonymous17/12/12

    Is the Crystal pools trail open at present? Linda

  9. Anonymous12/2/13

    Need help finding contact to make bookings please help

  10. Hii,
    I just came to your post and reading above thing it is very impressive me and it is very nice blog.Thanks a lot for sharing about Crystal Pools Hiking Trail.It is one of the nicest hiking trails in the Helderberg.Thanks....

    Gordons Bay property

    1. Thank you for the compliment


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