Buffels Bay Tidal Pool

A neat and tidy pool in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, this is a peaceful spot for those wanting a protected swim with incredible views in a national park. Come for the day and enjoy a hike before settling down for a picnic next to the pool. There are designated braai spots along the road towards the right of the pool. Probably one of the Cape Peninsula's most beautiful stretches of unspoilt coastline.   


Full ablution facilities open daily to coincide with the Cape Point nature reserve opening times.


Ironically, because this pool falls within the jurisdiction of Cape Nature, and not the city, it is still cleaned using the old method, so is devoid of much marine life. 


SPECIAL NOTE:  Please be aware of baboons at the pool.  They are notoriously aggressive towards women and, given half the chance, will make off with your picnic. If you arrive at the pool to find a troop of baboons, do not take any food with you and exercise caution. 

Personal Stories

If you have any personal stories and/or photographs about your time at this pool please get in touch with us via the contact page.

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The Cape Town Tidal Pools website is run by a passionate group of volunteers who love the tidal pools, a place to be enjoyed by humans and the local sea life..


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