Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Kogelberg Nature Reserve
Lying within the southern extension of the Hottentots Holland Mountain range about 90 kilometres south-east of Cape Town and 8 kilometres from Kleinmond, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve has managed to remain largely unspoilt, in no small part due to its ability to remain relatively isolated in its position along Route 44.
This isolation has helped protect its floral wealth and keep it clear of alien vegetation.
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is filled with generous mountain peaks, craggy kloofs and valleys along which several tributaries of the Palmiet River run.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve, often touted as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, has exceptional quality fynbos held within its 100 000 hectare expanse that runs along the coastal area from Gordons Bay to Kleinmond, and incorporates inland farms of the Elgin Basin through to Grabouw.
The Kogelberg Reserve is run according to internationally accepted principles of a biosphere reserve, a concept which translates into a core sensitive area of 18 000 hectares remaining basically wild and pristine and maintaining a high level of biological diversity. This wilderness is, in turn, buffered by a more resilient area, and beyond the borders of the reserve, commercial pine plantations and agriculture form a transitional zone.
Hiking in the Kogelberg provides several options, although the weather is unpredictable and the terrain fairly rough unless you choose to stick to the less sensitive areas. During winter white water kayaking is permitted on the Palmiet; and mountain biking and walking, near Sir Lowry’s Pass Village are popular pastimes.
Popular Activities in or near Kogelberg Nature Reserve
Palmiet River Trail
Walk the Palmiet River Trail in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve: The River Trail is on the R44 between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond, about 100kms from Cape Town. Located in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, this walk is one that should not be missed. The...
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Three Sisters Walk
A moderate walk of 16 km, the Three Sisters Walk is a there-and-back hike that will take you roughly 5 to 6 hours to complete. Three Sister is a favourite amongst locals hikers and tourists, because of the breathtaking views of the ocean...
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The Highlands Trail is a tough two-day hike. The first day covers 21 kilometres, while the remaining 16 kilometres are completed on the second day. Hikers will cross farmlands, beaches and gorgeous stretches of indigenous South African fynbos...
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