Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve information
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Proclaimed in 1988 as the first Unesco Biosphere Reserve in South Africa, the Kogelberg biosphere lies 60km east of Cape Town and encompasses 100,000 hectares. Bounded by the Kogelberge in the east and projecting 7.5km out to sea, the reserve abuts the villages of Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Hangklip, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond.
The reserve has the most complex biodiversity on the planet, including over 1880 plant species. Birdlife is prolific, wild horses live in the wetlands, and whales can be seen offshore. There are day hikes and overnight trails, and the reserve is used by mountain bikers; permits are required. Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism Bureau in Kleinmond has a list of accommodation options.
Kogel Bay Pleasure Resort. Bring all your own food. Day visitors are not allowed.
Cape Hangklip is the easternmost point of False Bay. Just east of Hangklip is Stony Point where you can see a colony of African penguins.
You’ll need your own vehicle to visit the Kogelberg reserve. Take the N2 from Cape Town to Somerset West, then turn right towards Gordon’s Bay and follow Rte 44 that winds its spectacular way around the coastline.