Buffalo Bay's beautiful Trail
The charming little holiday hamlet of Buffalo Bay, or Buffs, as it is fondly known by the locals, is without a doubt, one of the most popular beach in the area. It is a hotspot for water sports activities such as surfing, Stand up Paddling and kayaking. Aquatic sports fanatics often frequent this relatively sheltered beach throughout the year and during the summer months it’s the favoured hub for holiday revellers as well.
There is far more to Buffs than meets the eye and for a more holistic experience of this coastal landscape, the Buffalo Bay Trail is a must-do! The Buffalo Bay Residential Society decided some time back that there was a need for an activity other than was offered by the sea alone. This is when Louis Kellerman, together with some local workers voluntarily planned and cleared the route.
The route is characterised by a rolling dune field where an incredible mixture of coastal fynbos, thicket and forest is rooted. This trail is designed to incorporate and make the most of the varied flora that flourishes in the area.
The hiking trail starts directly opposite the parking lot of the old Wildside Backpackers and leads up into the dunes above. When you reach the top of the dune field, look back and you will be gifted with the sublime scene of the Goukamma Nature Reserve and its extensive shoreline in the distance.
The route leads through some truly pristine vegetation and is enjoyed by local trail runners looking for a short, fast training session. These runners favour this route because it has some fairly technical sections - with several short climbs, twists and turns, gnarled roots emerging from the forest floor and the limbs of a fallen tree or two blocking their path.
The trail then leads to the eastern side of Buffs, high above the sea. The view is absolutely breath-taking from there. The end of the trail winds back down to sea level and onto the beach about 600m from Buffalo Bay's main beach area, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip, weather permitting, and then it’s just a short walk along the main road back to the parking area.
Distance: 4.5km if done in a loop.
Permits/costs: Open to all, even dogs.
Route markers: None, but the trail is well established.