A relaxed, seaside getaway at the foot of the Kogelberg Mountains, this town has a lovely stretch of beach, white sand dunes and a rugged terrain of unspoilt fynbos. No fancy hotels or restaurant chains here: only beach houses and cottages looking out to sea, and an authentic, friendly community of nature-lovers and surfers.
Betty’s Bay has a beautiful 4km stretch of beach which is popular during the holiday season. However, one can easily find an unexplored cove or hidden rock pool for a secluded swim or peaceful tanning session. On windless days, this pristine stretch of coastline is a small piece of paradise. Marine life is abundant, with Southern Right Whales spotted between July and November, and the rare Jackass Penguin breeding colony nearby at Stony Point.
Betty’s Bay is also bordered by tranquil, fresh water lakes and the mouth of the Palmiet River, which is popular for flat water kayaking or white water rafting after the winter rainfall has brought the river alive.
Betty’s Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a highlight of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The nearby Kogelberg Nature Reserve is one of the most diverse nature reserves in the world, and remains remarkably unspoilt. Hikes offer tremendous views of the jagged Kogelberg cliffs, colourful flora, secret pools surrounded by soft, white sand and views of the roaring Atlantic crashing against the rocks below.
The Harold Porter Botanical Garden within Betty’s Bay is also home to an extraordinary array of local fynbos. It stretches all the way from the ocean to the mountains, and includes waterfalls, almost 200 hectares of local fynbos, abundant birdlife and a peaceful coffee shop looking out over the gardens.