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About an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Crystal Pools is a magical place located close to a river mouth along the Western Cape coast and lying within the pristine Kogelberg Nature Reserve. A permit is required to visit (only 50 people per day are admitted into the reserve) and advanced booking is necessary.
Crystal Pools was formed by the Steenbras River travelling through a gorge on its course to the Atlantic Ocean. Pockets of water gathered at varying elevations as the water made its way out to sea. These pools are fairly deep and are bounded by steep cliffs, and to reach them requires a hike along a path strewn with boulders. The water is stained a deep russet colour, caused by the tannin of dead vegetation, however, the water itself is perfectly clean.
The major appeal at Crystal Pools is the chance to do some cliff jumping into the pools. This is known as kloofing... Show more