Hermanus to Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay

Posted: 2 March 2012 by Jenny Meyer Category: Attractions, Beach, Botanical Garden Reserve, Children, Days trips from Hermanus, Nature Reserve, Things to do, Tours Tags: , , , , , ,

Day trip from Hermanus to Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay

 

Just 25 minutes away from Eastbury Cottage in Hermanus, are the coastal towns of Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay. Traveling from Hermanus on the R43 to Cape Town, one will encounter the turnoff to the R44 leading to Kleinmond.  Just after the Arabella Hotel and Spa, and about 38kms from Hermanus you will find the slowly growing town of Kleinmond, set between the Palmiet River, the Kleinmond lagoon and the sea. The water activities and the wonderful nature conservation efforts of the area make Kleinmond a definite must see.

 

Kleinmond is able to offer an almost endless range of water activities ranging from canoeing to swimming to angling and even white water rafting in the winter months. Most of the quaint little shops and wonderful seafood restaurants are found in Harbour Road, which also includes a pottery, an art gallery and numerous craft stores.

 

One of the main attractions for Kleinmond is the Koegelberg Biosphere Reserve. This reserve is mostly isolated and has thus been able to keep its vegetation virtually untouched by humans and alien vegetation alike. The reserve is run by international standards, ensuring the large area is kept preserved and allowed to remain as biologically diverse as nature intended it to be. As well as being the home to over 16000 species of Fynbos, the Koegelberg Biosphere Reserve also has three areas of indigenous forest with tree species such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood and Boekenhout.

 

Koegelberg offers a variety of hikes that can take anything from a few hours to a full day and vary in difficulty. The reserve also offers mountain biking trails and bikes can be hired in Kleinmond. Other animals you should watch out for while in Kleinmond are the wide variety of birds – particularly the magnificent Fish Eagles – the rare Strawberry Rain Frog and the last herd of wild horses in the Overberg region.

 

Just 10kms further along on the R43 tarred road that skirts the rugged mountains with huge rock strewn down their slopes, is the quaint little town of Betty’s Bay. Although slightly less developed than Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay is a beautiful little village that offers a remarkable penguin colony and the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens.

 

Stony Point in Betty’s Bay houses one of the four penguin colonies that can be found in South Africa. Visitors are treated to wonderful views of the penguins from the wooden walkway and the penguins are allowed to remain undisturbed as well. The colony is open almost all the time but the best time to view the penguins is in the afternoon as this is when they return from fishing.

 

The Harold Porter Botanical Garden, acquired in 1938 to preserve some of the spectacular natural beauty of the region, is today home to a magnificent variety of the four main groups found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. The garden has neat and clear pathways and informs visitors about important and interesting information about each type of species by means of signboards posted around the garden. Open weekdays from 8AM to 4:30PM and holidays from 8AM to 5PM the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to take the whole family for a wonderful outing and brilliant picnic. Guided tours can also be arranged and books, gifts and other memorabilia are on sale at the Honeybush Souvenir Shop.

A visit to Gaboli Chocolates in Betty’s Bay should not be overlooked!  Gaspard Bossut will host you for a chocolate tasting by reservation  Please contact him on +27 (082)3941016. 2037 Delport Road, Betty’s Bay, 7141,Tel/Cell: 082 394 1016, Email: gaspard@gaboli.co.za, Website: http://www.gaboli.co.za/

Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay are both under an hour away from your accommodation at Eastbury Cottage in Hermanus and offer the most spectacular looks into nature. Even the drive along the coastal road is worth it – these two towns are perfect for an exiting day away.

Author: Danica Clea Kreusch

Edited: Jenny Bowes Meyer

Photos: courtesy Kleinmond Tourism

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