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Kogelberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.8

  • from 79 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

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Overberg District Municipality

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Kogelberg Nature Reserve
Overberg District Municipality
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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 79 Google reviews

Sarah Kope

a month ago


Wonderful tranquil place. Staff are really helpful. Accommodation modern, clean and fully equipped. Only tiny complaint is the lack of internet. Obviously one goes to a place like this to enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquillity. However if one is hiking and has an accident there is no way to summon help.

Heather Miller

3 months ago


Truely beautiful piece of the world. It's spring so there were loads of flowers too.

Liesl Carstens

5 months ago


We did the Palmiet River Hike! Breathtaking views. There were a lot of water and the kids enjoyed the swim in the refreshing river. It is a must. Easy walk, not technical at all.

Pat Foure

9 months ago


Excellent service at the Office. They were helpful and efficient making out the permit for our group. Lovely River walk and the swim at the Beach was delightful.

Jan Pretorius

2 weeks ago



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087 288 0499

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