The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve begins in the Atlantic Ocean, 7.5 km off a rugged, rocky shore interspersed by glorious, golden sandy beaches.
A zig-zag ribbon of narrow coastal plain is squeezed between the ocean and huge sandstone mountains. Contorted by their tumultuous birth some 300 million years ago, these awesome folded mountains and highland valleys are home to over 1880 different species of plants. 77 species within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve occur nowhere else on Earth (to put this in perspective, the whole of the UK has just 22 endemics).
The Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens
Located in Betty's Bay showcases over 700 species of indigenous South African plants and 88 species of birds!
10 hectares are immaculately cultivated with wheelchair friendly paths winding between banks of fossil-age plants, wetland and dune displays and cool African forests. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Another 190 hectares have been left undisturbed and offer attractive mountainside and riverine hikes taking between 2 and 5 hours. There's a mountain slope Fynbos Trail; the longer Oudebosch Zig-zag Trail into the core of the KBR; and a trail along a stream up to the waterfall in Leopard's Gorge.
A nominal fee is charged at the entrance which includes access to fynbos plant sales, a restaurant/tearoom and the souvenir shop with its wide range of eco-books. Trained volunteers run free, guided tours, (10h30 for a 11h00 start,) on the first Saturday of each month. Private tours can be booked by phoning (028) 272 9311. Over the Festive Season, the Garden provides the most splendid setting for popular public events such as evening music concerts and Carols by Candlelight.
Whale watching is one of the world's fastest growing tourist attractions.
The Kogelberg coast provides a host of opportunities to see and photograph these gentle giants while they visit our shores to calf and mate.
WHALE ROUTE: The main types of whales that visit Pringle Bay, are Southern Right Whales, Humpback whales, Bryde’s whales and Orcas. This whale route has to be one of the most exciting and extraordinary journeys the planet has to offer, with whales coming so close into the bays that one can see the callosities and barnacles with the naked eye.
For BIRDWATCHERS there are rare and amazing opportunities to see Sunbirds, Eagles, Sugar birds and the African Black Oyster catcher.Interesting species that frequent the area are the African Penguin, Flamingo, Egyptian Goose, Guinea Fowl, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Cape Francolin, Black Eagle, Black Cormorant, and the African Black Oystercatcher. The beach at Pringle Bay is a breeding ground for the Oyster-catcher.