Looking for a good place to hike from Manor on the Bay? You don’t have to look far. The Danie Miller hiking trail is designed for you! It will lead you to the enigmatic GB sign in the mountain.
The trail traces the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. You might end up huffing and puffing as you reach the top, but what will really take your breath away is the magnificent view of the Helderberg area, Gordon’s Bay and False Bay. On a clear day you will be able to see the stretch from Macassar to Cape Point across the bay. It is truly astonishing to be standing almost halfway up the mountain, looking over white beaches, deep blue seas, and sloping mountains as far as the eye can see. You will also enjoy a wide variety of indigenous plants (season depending). There are 131 species of plants in the area!
In the late 1980’s Danie Miller was Mayor of Gordon’s Bay and built the trail with the help of his two daughters. A few years later, the Gordon’s Bay municipality decided to rename it to ”Danie Miller Trail”. The trail has recently been incorporated in the Kogelberg Biosphere. Local people like walking the trail on the first Sunday of each month, weather permitting. You are welcome to join them!
If you are not keen on walking, the Steenbras Lookout Point is for you!
The Danie Miller hiking trail has no entry fee, and can be accessed at any time. You can park your car safely in Suikerbossie Drive, at the end nearest to Rooi-Els. You will clearly see an open piece of land on the mountain’s side of the road; with a sign showing you the hiking trail and what are the Do’s and Don’ts when walking there.
- Never hike alone
- Make sure someone knows what route you are taking and when you expect to return
- Always carry water and snacks with you
- Wear a hat
- Carry protection from cold and wind – even on hot days
- Carry a cellphone for emergencies
... Don’t forget to order a lunch pack from Manor on the Bay !