Bettys Bay, Cape Overberg

Although less developed than her neighbour, Hermanus, the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and the resident penguin colony at Stony Point alone make a visit to Bettys Bay worth it.

The botanical garden of Harold Porter, which stretches from the mountain-top down to the sea, is known as ‘little Kirstenbosch’ and contains some of the best examples of local fynbos, including proteas, restios and over 50 species of ericas.

Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Betty’s Bay is a picturesque seaside village situated along the scenic Clarence Drive Route (R44) between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. The pretty town is positioned in a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Kogelberg Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and bordered by fresh water lakes and the Palmiet River.

Bettys Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve; the first UNESCO declared Biosphere in South Africa and is fiercely protected by the town’s occupants.

This part of the world is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom due to the exceptional examples of fynbos and has largely remained unspoilt and isolated.

Although the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, it nevertheless has the 2nd largest diversity. The reserve stretches along the coast from Gordon’s Bay through to the town of Kleinmond and inland from the farms of the Elgin Basin through to Grabouw - a total of some 100,000 ha.

Locals venture here predominantly during the flowering season from October to February where a glorious array of gladioli, watsonias and the rare red disas are on display. The garden can easily be covered in three to five hours along pretty laid-out paths and hillside trails. For the more adventurous, Leopard’s Gorge offers a more taxing hike.

The penguin colony at Stony Point is one of four mainland colonies in South Africa and declared a municipal nature reserve in July 2002. Since then this important seabird colony has grown in size due to the breeding of both the endangered penguins and cormorants. The best time of day to view them is in the late afternoon, when the penguins return from fishing.

Additional Reading

For more info about Bettys Bay see our articles on the SA Travel News Blog:
Bettys Bay - A Perfect Get Away
We Visit The Penguins At Stony Point In Bettys Bay

Travellers' Reviews

4 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

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Betty's Bay is one of my favourite seaside towns in the Cape and in the country. It is relatively unspoilt, kids can play and ride bikes in the roads where most drivers are extremely considerate of animals and children . There is normally a friendly wave from the driver's seat of the car. The beaches are not crowded, the mountains are beautiful and the hikes are stunning. The lake on Bass road is outdoor entertainment all on its own! Love it!

April 2018

Sue Trott (Cape Town)

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Bettys baai is a great place but the guest house we chose did not meet our expectatiions. Skip this g/h. Penquins was a great experience. Glad we only booked 1 night.

September 2016

maretha els (ramsgate)

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