Blaauwberg Nature Reserve - COASTAL HIKING TRAIL

This recently launched coastal hiking trail, meanders through threatened Cape Flats dune strandveld and starts and ends at the Eerstesteen Resort.  Permits can be bought at the Eerstesteen Resort.

The 4,4 km hiking trail follows the historical routes used in the area dating back to the early 1900s.
Blaauwberg Coastal Hiking

The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve forms part of the southern area of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve and is located on the West Coast,  about 25 km from the city centre, between Big Bay, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand and inland from the R27.

It is home to at least 47 threatened plant species, and conserves 559 plant species, 49 mammal, 161 bird, 23 reptile and 3 amphibian species, including the dwarf burrowing skink, Scelotes montispectus.  There is also a healthy population of the endangered white-tailed mouse.

Points of interest along the Blaauwberg Hiking trail

  • An old milkwood tree
  • A well point and a kraal
  • Shell middens and archaeological remains along the coastline as well as to the east of Blaauwberg Hill are also present and are testament to the indigenous Khoikhoi communities who once inhabited this landscape.
  • The World War II buildings on top of Blaauwberg Hill are of historical significance.
  • Hikers will be able to enjoy stunning views over Robben Island and Table Mountain
The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve also offers overnight accommodation.  The self-catering accommodation unit, named Montispectus, is situated within the reserve.  It is a renovated World War II Officers' Mess building and sleeps up to 4 guests in an open-plan bedroom with two single beds and a double bunk bed.
The unit's doors lead onto a deck from which all of the spectacular views from the top of Blaauwberg Hill can be experienced.