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When answering the question ‘where is Pringle Bay and Rooi Els’, the easiest answer to give is that they are as close to the Atlantic Ocean shoreline as you can get. Situated in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere in the Western Cape, these sleepy little villages are surrounded by the Kogelberg mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean.
If you want to know how to get to Pringle Bay and Rooi Els, just follow the coastline. The city of Cape Town is about an hour and a half away along one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world – Clarence Drive. If you’re flying into the Western Cape, Cape Town International Airport is your best landing point. From the airport, head towards Somerset West, turn right towards Gordon’s Bay and then it’s a scenic drive along the edge of the mountains to the two villages.
Rooi Els is the first village you’ll see along the coastal road once you leave Gordon’s Bay. It’s well worth a stop off to visit the beautiful beach and to use as a starting point for some great hikes in the area. Just five minutes up the road from Rooi Els you’ll reach Pringle Bay.
Pringle Bay and Rooi Els can also be reached from the other direction on the R44 via Kleinmond. This bustling, little town is also located along Clarence Drive and can be reached via the N2 if you’re travelling from further inland. Kleinmond is the largest of the towns and villages within the Kogelberg Biosphere and is also the commercial centre for the area. Here, you’ll find all you need to stock up on supplies for your getaway.
Both routes into Pringle Bay and Rooi Els offer incredible views of mountains and ocean. In fact, many people opt to drive in one way when arriving and out the other when they leave. This way, they can experience the full beauty of the Kogelberg Biosphere.
Find directions to Pringle Bay and Rooi Els here.