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Kogelberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.8

  • from 99 Google reviews

A lake with a mountain in the background
A lake with a mountain in the background

About the garden

Considered by many to be the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas, Kogelberg Nature Reserve earns that reputation largely to the fact that it occupies an area with minimal human interference. Its exceptional diversity and quality of fynbos means it is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The reserve presents perhaps the finest example of mountain fynbos in the Western Cape and is a world-renowned World Heritage Site.

At Kogelberg, a sensitive core of 18 000ha of the reserve has been kept pristine and wild. Here there is much biological diversity and conservation is the priority. Only activities which do not adversely affect natural processes and wildlife are allowed.

If you have driven along the R44 between Rooiels and Kleinmond, you would have marveled at the beauty of the Kogelberg. The reserve’s pristine beauty abounds all year round – during the blazing heat of summer when green is not what you expect, or in rains and mists of winter when torrents of water cascade down rock faces that were bone dry only weeks before.

The whole area is inspirational and one of more than 400 biosphere reserves worldwide. Kogelberg was South Africa’s first registered biosphere reserve and it encompasses the entire coastal area from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River vlei, and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 16h00

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Overberg District Municipality

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 99 Google reviews

dawood hess

a year ago


Probably one of the most amazing hikes I've been on. The views are amazing. You basically spend most of you day going ooh aaah... Cant wait for my next visit

Nick Husselman

4 months ago


Very good nature reserve to visit. A very secluded quiet small reserve to go to for a weekend with lot's of trials to do.

Rita Louw

3 months ago


Truly one of the most beautiful nature reserves I have ever visited. The scenery is just spectacular! The eco pod accommodation is top class worth the most wonderful views. Lots of trails to choose from and excellent swimming in the Palmiet River. Well worth a visit.


2 years ago


One of the most unique natural landscapes you'll ever come to admire in the Western Cape! Take the drive to this tucked away to escape and wonder. Excellent scenic views with mountains to gaze at and fauna as far as the eye can see. There are MTB trails as well as hiking trails along the Limiet Rivier that takes you to a gorgeous beach to take a swim in. The eco cabins are world-class and cannot be beaten any where else.

Erin Erin

2 weeks ago


A gem in the Overberg. Amazing hikes. We love going here to be out in nature and away from the noise. Been a couple times and will be back soon!

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