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Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Kogelberg Nature Reserve



+27 (0) 21 483 0190



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 8600 10111


Size:  3,000 ha / 30 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (1h20 approx by car)

Big Five:  No


  • - Good range of activities including hiking, mountain biking and white-water rafting
  • - Excellent eco-friendly accommodation
  • - Isolated and unspoilt beauty

Kogelberg Nature Reserve is a relatively small yet mountainous nature reserve about 90kms south-east of Cape Town, near the town of Betty’s Bay. Despite its proximity to the country’s second-biggest city, Kogelberg is one of the least disturbed of all protected areas in the Cape, and one of the most inaccessible. Mountain peaks rise sharply from the Atlantic Ocean, and numerous valleys and kloofs provide ideal terrain for hikers, mountain-bikers and white-water rafters, who come in winter time to test their skills on the near-pristine Palmiet River.

Undoubtedly, Kogelberg is most famous for its diversity of plant life, which rivals the rainforests. Botanists have catalogued about 1,800 plant species in about 70 square kilometres, although the reserve itself extends to about 180 square kilometres. It also includes a small marine protected area that conserves one of the larger shore-based African penguin colonies at Stony Point, the site of an old whaling station. Excellent accommodation is among the most eco-sensitive and stylish of all protected areas in the country. The reserve forms part of the World Heritage Site area that was proclaimed to protect the Cape Floristic Region’s botanical riches, while it also forms part of the core area of a larger UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.