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Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond

Western Cape

65km from Cape Town

Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond Snapshot

The coastal road from Gordon’s Bay to Rooiels unfurls as a long black ribbon between hulking rock and inkwell ocean. Rooiels (65km from Cape Town) comes up first – the tidiest and most exclusive of the seaside resorts along this stretch of holiday coast. The village is well-endowed with coastal fynbos, a river and lagoon, a good beach and an impressive granite backdrop bearing resemblance to a beached whale. Pringle Bay follows - a somewhat less orderly holiday community with more than a few notable architectural mishaps. Next up is Betty’s Bay, historically a popular refuge for runaway slaves and a little neater than Pringle Bay, with bigger plots and tighter urban planning. From Betty’s Bay the road proceeds to Kleinmond and beyond to Hermanus. Once a holiday village to inland farmers, Kleinmond is today a big dorp with gridlocked residential suburbs, houses called Gryp die Dag, Oosies Rus, and Ôk Mar Nét, and a lovely long white beach. The adjacent Kogelberg Reserve, towering mountain backdrop and endless beach is Kleinmond’s attraction, not the town itself. With a few exceptions, accommodation from Rooiels to Kleinmond comprises private holiday houses managed by local letting agents.

Things To Do

  • The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay makes for a pleasant outing, offering walking trails and a tea garden.
  • Also in Betty’s Bay, the Stony Point penguin colony is a sure-fire winner with children and should keep their pleas for ice cream at bay for an hour or so.
  • Considered by some as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Kogelberg Nature Reserve extends from Pringle Bay to Kleinmond. It incorporates both coastline and mountain terrain and has a number of trails and accommodation.
  • The Kleinmond Coastal Reserve lies to the west of the town and presses deep into the mountain. The Palmiet River and lagoon intersects the heart of the reserve and is a good site for swimming and canoeing. The area tourism office is your contact for more info.
  • All the coastal villages along this stretch of rocky coastline have beaches – some longer and some safer than others.
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