About Kranshoek Coastal Walk
No time for the two-day Harkerville or five-day Otter Trail? The stunning nine-kilometre Kranshoek Coastal Walk echoes much to be seen on the Harkerville Trail.
Prepare to be dazzled as you thread your way through the indigenous temperate forest. A kaleidoscope of ferns, leaf-litter, colourful fungi and lichens, spider webs and backlit foliage will embrace you.
Clearly demarcated paths lead through the forest to deep kloofs and crystal streams, perfect for a dip on a hot day. Knysna turacos (loeries) flit and caw among the treetops and you might spot an otter fishing in the pools.
Viewpoints along the path offer breathtaking views of the seashore. Look out for whales or dolphins frolicking in the surf below. The first beach is gorgeous and sheltered – perfect for a picnic.
Start walking early when the day is still cool and chill out on the seashore over midday. Along with a two-litre water bottle, sunblock and hat, take your camera and snorkelling gear - the rock pools are magic to explore.
The trail starts and ends at the Kranshoek picnic site. There is a small fee during school holidays, at other times it’s free.
Directions to Kranshoek Coastal WalkTake the Harkerville turn-off on the N2 and drive 17km from Knysna in the direction of Plettenberg Bay. Follow the Kranshoek signs for 8km.
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*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling