Walks around the South Peninsula: Kleinplaas Dam


We are so fortunate to live in an area that boasts some of the most beautiful walks on our door step. For me, winter is one of the best times of year to go hiking. Its not too hot, it gets the kids out the house and the colours of the Fynbos look particularly vibrant on an overcast day.

Kleinplaas Dam is situated in the Redhill area above Simon’s Town. This hike is an easy walk on a clearly marked trail, perfect for the whole family including the canine members.

Distance: 2.7 km (from the car park to the dam)
Approx Time: 45 mins
Terrain: Old Jeep Track, Sandy path, Hills
Dog: Allowed
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: Free


The wide winding road takes you on a gentle journey up the hill side to the Kleinplaas Dam. On a hot day, you can have a quick dip on the dam but it is very exposed and can be windy.

If your up for a bit of a longer walk, you can take the path off to the left of the dam which take you towards red hill. The path narrows and the landscape is a bit more rocky. We found a great little overhang to huddle under for a quick snack break.


When you get back to the bottom, you can do some exploring of the ruined houses. These were homes of families who were relocated in the late 1960’s under the Group Areas Act. They have since become the canvas for some local Graffiti artists. If your interested in finding out more about their history, read Barbara Maregele’s article.


Look out for:

  • Proteas
  • Pelargoniums
  • Watsonias
  • Cape snow
  • Butterfly lilies
  • Lobelias
  • Crassulas

What to bring:

  • Walking shoes
  • Warm top, wind breaker
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Swimming Costume (in summer)



The dam is closed for rehabilitation of the dam wall, so no swimming this month:). Work is due for completion in June. The path is still open and you can walk a bit further on the Redhill path should you wish to have a longer stroll.


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