The best of Pringle Bay and Rooi ElsApril 17, 2017
Pringle Bay and Rooi Els are two small seaside villages in the Overberg. They are surrounded by mountains and overlook the vast Atlantic Ocean. Both villages have a variety of attractions for those wanting a quiet getaway or for those who would just like to spend a day enjoying these undisturbed, charming areas.
One of the best things about Pringle Bay and Rooi Els are their beaches. Rooi Els beach is relatively secluded and is great for swimming, especially where the Rooi Els River flows into the bay. You can also enjoy the many rock pools which are rich with sea life. Approximately 10 minutes away you’ll find Pringle Bay Beach. This pristine beach is great for those who would like to go fishing along the shoreline or for those who would like to take a stroll on the soft sand while soaking up the beautiful surroundings. And of course, the perfect ending to your day would be watching the sun’s golden rays dip slowly beyond the horizon.
Both areas are largely undeveloped with only the main road tarred and no street lights. This makes it a popular place for a variety of wildlife. You can spot beautiful birds such as the African Black Oyster Catcher, Black Eagles, and sunbirds. Visitors will also see other animals such as Cape Hares, tortoises and baboons. During the months of June until November you can see the incredible Southern Right Whales that come near to the bays.
You can also enjoy the unspoiled nature by doing a hike. There are various trails in and around these areas, such as The Lighthouse Trail, the Old Gravel Road and the Hangklip Trail which can be found in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. The reserve has various day and overnight trails, depending on your fitness level, which can be enjoyed with breath-taking views while being surrounded by an area that has great biodiversity. Make sure to spot animals such as small antelope, mongooses, dassies (Rock Hyrax) and porcupines. You can also swim, kayak and go mountain biking in the reserve.
A popular nearby attraction includes the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden which has just over 200 hectares of fynbos and is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pool. Venture along the many beautiful trails that will lead you from one section of the garden to another.
Another great attraction is the Stony Point Nature Reserve which is the breeding grounds to over 3500 endangered African Penguins and other birds such as Cormorants. The reserve has a boardwalk that runs through the colony where you can observe the penguins in their natural habitat. The best times to view these flightless birds are early in the morning or just before sunset when they return from their fishing expeditions.
Pringle Bay and Rooi Els are great places to visit if you are a nature lover or are looking to relax. You can reach these areas from Cape Town along Clarence Drive which is a magnificent coastal road.