Kloof Falls Hiking Trail

Get on the edge in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

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Experience breathtaking views over the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve on this hiking trail along the course of the Molweni River to the bottom of Kloof Falls and back.


The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve lies between the residential suburbs of Kloof, Waterfall and Emolweni. It is the jewel in the crown of this region of KwaZulu-Natal and is famous for its incredible views over the Nkutu and Molweni rivers, as well as the undulating countryside that extends all the way to the coast. Rugged cliffs fall dramatically into a steep gorge below, and there are waterfalls around every corner! Whether you choose to take in the views from the grasslands along the top of the gorge or make the trek to the river below, the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is a beautiful natural area in the middle of suburbia.

The reserve is a popular hiking destination especially amongst local residents and has a number of hiking trails to suit all tastes and fitness levels. Although there are a few circular trails around the designated picnic sites, the main trail follows the course of the Molweni River at the bottom of the gorge. Because there are a number of entry and exit points from the cliff tops down into the gorge, planning a hike in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve can be quite tricky and usually means that hikers need to be dropped off at one point and collected at another.

The Kloof Falls Hiking Trail is a real winner in this regard as it is both starts and ends at the Kloof Falls Road Picnic Site. This is a popular section of the reserve and the trail provides access to the bottom of the Kloof Gorge, as well as the famous Kloof Falls waterfall. This incredible landmark is best viewed from below which makes hiking this route all the more rewarding.

The hike takes about 3 hours to complete at a moderate pace and is also suitable for kids. If you’re in the Durban region and looking for a great way to spend a day outdoors the Kloof Falls Hiking Trail should be high on your list of things to do.

Adventure Highlights

  • Incredible views over the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.
  • Resident nesting Crowned Eagles.
  • Riverbed scramble.
  • The best view of Kloof Falls waterfall.

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Route Description

The Kloof Falls Hiking Trail starts and ends at the Kloof Falls Road Picnic Site in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. This picnic site is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and offers secure parking, picnic facilities as well as clean ablution facilities.

The hike forms part of the reserve’s Yellow trail which is clearly marked by colored arrows. The first section of the hike traverses a relatively flat path along the ridge of the gorge. There are a number of overhangs along this stretch which make for amazing views over the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Beware though as there are no railings or safety barriers at these viewpoints so be extremely careful, especially in windy conditions or when hiking with children. Also be sure to keep a look out for the resident Crowned Eagle’s nest that can been seen from one of these crags.

Further along the way the path crosses a small weir. From here you’ll get onto the second section of the hike which passes through a forest in which there a number of awesome rock formations. Look out for the spot where the path splits. The orange arrow points to the right and up a steep climb towards Beacon Hill, while the yellow arrow (which you must follow) points the way to the bottom of the gorge and the Kloof Falls waterfall.

At the bottom of the gorge the path splits again. The Yellow trail continues onto the opposite bank of the river and will follow the river’s course for a few kilometres to Splash Rock. At this point, you will need to follow the sign to Kloof Falls waterfall on the left.

After about 1.5 hours on the trail you should reach the waterfall and the reward for all your efforts. The Kloof Falls waterfall is made up of a series of cascades that plunge down from the cliffs into the gorge and make for some epic photos. Even though it looks like a series of steps, do not attempt to climb the falls. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but also illegal.

Once you’ve rested and enjoyed the waterfall, you simply need to retrace your steps to get back to the main picnic site. Prepare yourself though, because you’ll now need to climb up all those steps you came down so give yourself a bit of extra time to do the return trek. A great way to rest is to revisit some of the view sites you encountered on the way down – you’ll want to get an aerial perspective on where you’ve just come from.

Important information

Trail Type:
Out and Return

Approximate Time:
Approximately 3 hour hike time.

Entrance Fee:
Entrance to the park is R25 per adult plus R10 if you purchase a map.

Gate Opening and Closing Times:
06h00 to 18h00

When to go

The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is open all year round.

Security/Caution

There is safe parking at the picnic site.
DO NOT attempt to climb the Kloof Falls. Not only is this incredibly dangerous, but it is also illegal.
Enquire about the water level of the river before setting off.

What to Pack

  • Water.
  • Sun Cream.
  • Hat.
  • Binoculars.
  • Camera.
  • Good hiking shoes.
  • Layered clothing (it can get quite cold in the shade).

Details to keep on hand

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (031) 7643515

Getting to there

From the R613 Main Road take the Village road turn off. Follow the direction boards along Kloof Falls road through the village and make your way down towards the gorge.

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Images of the Kloof Falls Hiking Trail

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