Hangklip Peak Hike

Hangklip Peak Hike
Hangklip Peak Hike

The Hangklip Peak Hike is an easy half-day hike up a distinctive hill with fantastic views from the top over beaches and mountains.

Location

The Hangklip Peak Hike starts from a small parking lot by the side of a backroad in Pringle Bay. There’s enough space for a few cars here and you’ll see a signpost for the Hangklip Conservation Area. Gate times are officially sunrise to sunset, but there is no office or anyone at the trailhead.

Map of Hangklip Peak Hike

Tips for Hangklip Peak Hike

From the car park, head through the gate into Hangklip Conservation area. Walk along the small path up the lovely valley. After just over 1.2 km take the path that heads right and steep uphill.

Parking at the start of the Hangklip Peak Hiking trail
Setting off on the hiking trail

Almost all the climb on this walk is in the next kilometre as the trail heads through the bushes up the hill. The views get better as you approach the top.

At the top of Hangklip Peak

The top itself has some large boulders and rocky cliffs. Be careful not to get too close to the cliff tops as they drop off almost vertically several hundred metres down to the flat coastline below. There’s a fantastic view here. You can see the flat Hangklip Lighthouse Peninsula stretching into the blue ocean (you can also hike here) and other gorgeous beaches on either side.

Views from the top of Hangklip Peak after hiking up
Views from the top of Hangklip Peak

After admiring the views, walk along the top and take the path downwards. About halfway downwards there’s a small path heading off left. Don’t take this, but stick to the broad ridgeline, where you continue to have good views. The path eventually zigzags down to a saddle and a path junction.

The hiking trail on the way back down from the peak

Head left at the junction back down into the valley. After about 2 km of gentle walking, you’ll be back where you left your car and the end of the Hangklip Peak Hike.


For another hike nearby, try the Three Sisters Trail or the Hangklip Lighthouse Walk. Alternatively, check out our guide to Kogelberg and Cape Hangklip area. For many more hikes in South Africa, see our South Africa Hiking Guide.

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