betty's bay

 This little town is the ultimate weekend getaway. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the seaside village of Betty’s Bay is situated along the scenic Clarence Drive Route between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond.

Nestled between the Kogelberg Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean and bordered by freshwater lakes and the Palmiet River.

Betty’s Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve; the first UNESCO declared Biosphere in South Africa (and fiercely protected by the locals). It’s also known as the ‘heart of the fynbos kingdom’, attracting nature-lovers, hikers, bird-watchers and those who are after ‘responsible travel’. You can get a permit at the Oudebosch Office in the Reserve.

There is so much to see and discover and you can’t leave without experiencing the penguin colony at Stony Point. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and watch the birds going about their daily business, and if you’re lucky you might also catch a glimpse of a whale or two! The Harold Porter Botanical Garden is the perfect setting for a picnic or hike, and you can enjoy one of the many restaurants or just laze on the beach and soak up the sun. 

Betty’s Bay has lots of heart, and you’re guaranteed to fall head over heels for it.

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