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Pringle Bay (Pringlebaai)

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Pringle Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve about ninety kilometres from Cape Town on the scenic Clarence Drive from Gordon’s Bay. It’s a relatively undeveloped settlement of mostly holiday houses overlooked by the mountains.

This is the perfect place to watch the sun set as it sizzles over the horizon beyond False Bay. Nearby is the promontory called Cape Hangklip, and the peak called Hangklip. The view north from the point at Pringle Bay takes in Rooiels with its nearby peak, Klein-Hangklip. 

It’s a popular destination for Sunday drives from Cape Town with some good restaurants to stop for lunch or a cool refreshment. Otherwise take along a picnic and settle in the soft white sand of the beach to watch the endless roll of the ocean. Drives along the gravel coastal roads lead to good fishing spots and secluded beaches.

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Beach - Pringle Bay is a river and beach environment that will have nature-lovers in raptures. The fine-white-sand beaches are perfect for walking along, or just catching some rays. It’s a place to swim, surf or kayak, fish (directly from the rocks along the shoreline), dive for crayfish in season (with the required permit), and from June to November you can even spot whales from the shoreline. There are hikes and quiet roads to cycle or run along if you need to stretch your limbs.

The Buffels River - The estuary at the northern end of Pringle Bay beach provides a haven for shy otters; there’s a significant forest of milkwood trees; and birders can spot both fynbos and estuarine species. Local baboon populations also consider the town a haven.

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