Three Sisters Trail

Three Sisters Trail in Kogelberg
Three Sisters Trail in Kogelberg

The Three Sisters Trail in Kogelberg Nature Reserve is a lovely hike with beautiful views over both coastline and mountains.

Location

The Three Sisters Trail starts from the car park at Kleinmond Golf course. It’s about 1.5 hours drive from Cape Town, following the R44 along the gorgeous coastline.

Three Sisters Hiking Trail Map

Tips for Three Sisters Trail

  • There are some steep rocky sections of this hike that require a little bit of scrambling, but nothing too technical.
  • There’s no shade on this hike so a sunhat is essential. Aim to start early in the day.
  • For navigation on this hike, it’s not that well signed so use the offline maps app Maps.me.
  • For another mountainous walk in the area, try the Hangklip Peak Hike or Kogelberg Trail.
  • For more things to do nearby, check out our guide to Kogelberg and Cape Hangklip.
  • For more hikes in South Africa, see our South Africa Hiking Guide.
Signposts at the start of the Three Sisters Hiking Trail
Walking in south africa

From the car park at Kleinmond Golf course, the trail up Three Sisters (Drie Susters) starts around the back left side of the buildings. The small trail leads through the fynbos and in a few hundred meters it meets a larger track. You’ll see a signpost here, follow it right towards Drei Susters and Jean’s Hill. Later you’ll return back along the Contour Path which is signed to the left.

Hiking in the mountains of South Africa
One of the three sisters on the Three Sisters Trail near Kleinmond

The track bends left around the hill and past some water tanks. The hiking path then becomes smaller as it zigzags upwards. You’ll soon reach a junction at the saddle. To the left a few hundred metres is Jean’s Hill and lovely views. After a short out-and-back to the first sister peak, continue up and along the ridge.

After heading upwards almost 300 metres and just over 1 km, you’ll see the short turnoff left to the peak of the second sister, Sandown Peak. Again there are really great views from here.

At the Top Ridge

On the Three Sisters Trail in South Africa
Mountain and Ocean views on a hike

After this peak there’s a slightly flatter section before you climb to the top of the ridge. The hiking path then bends right along a beautiful part of the ridge to the last peak of the Three Sisters. From here you can see far into Kogelberg Nature Reserve and out to the ocean on the left. It’s an incredible view, and the highest point on this hike, so spend a while relaxing here.

Views of Kogelberg Nature Reserve from the Three Sisters Trail

From the top, the path heads slightly right and quickly downwards. It bends left and continues to descend before reaching a T-junction. Turn left here along a fairly flat trail. This path contours around the mountains towards the coast. The contour path continues along the hill and soon you’ll be able to see Kleinmond town again.

Walking along the hiking path of Three Sisters Trail
Walking above Kleinmond in Kogelberg Nature Reserve, South Africa

After some more downhill, you’ll end up walking through a sea of tall proteas as you continue the gradual descent back to the Golf course car park and the end of this hike.


For another mountainous walk in the area, try the Hangklip Peak Hike or Kogelberg Trail. For more things to do nearby, check out our guide to Kogelberg and Cape Hangklip or for many more hikes in South Africa, see our South Africa Hiking Guide.

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