Buffalo Bay Hiking Trail
The Buffalo Bay Residential Society decided that there was a need for activities other than that offered by the sea. Louis Kellerman, together with some local workers, voluntarily planned and cleared the route. Further maintenance was taken over by Ken Whiley. The start of the trail is indicated on both ends with a painted wooden signs reading "Buffelsbaai Staproete - Buffalo Bay Hiking Trail", painted by Louis' daughter, Nina.
The Buffalo Bay Hiking Trail starts across the road from the Wildside Backpacker's parking area and meanders through the dunes and fynbos and up a little hill, to a small road in a camping area (Buffelskop Caravan Park).
Turn left up this road towards an antenna, about 500m from the start. When you reach the antennae keep left round the fence. From here the trail turns left and winds through the fynbos and thicket and past a bench. The trail takes you to the eastern side of Buffalo Bay high above the sea from were it winds back down to sea level and onto the beach about 600m from Buffalo Bay's main beach. From the start to here is about 2.2km. Walk along the beach towards Buffalo Bay and stop at the restaurant where you can enjoy something to eat or drink on the deck overlooking the sea. You can easily do the walk in a loop, making it 4.5km in total. From the main beach, walk through Buffalo Bay and onto the beach on the other side and back to the parking, another 1.6km.
Distance: 4.5km if done in a loop.
Permits/costs: Open to all, you can take the dog along as well.
Route markers: None, but the trail well is established.
Directions: From Knysna take the N2 towards George, about 11km out take the Buffalo Bay turnoff to the left. Continue along this road for 7.7km to the parking on the right at the Baffalo Bay Backpackers. Park here, the walk starts across the road.
Coordinates: S34 04.969 E22 57.530
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