Hiking in the Kogelberg Nature
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is located close to Bettys Bay about an hours drive from Cape Town. Often considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom it is amazingly isolated and unspoiled. Its high mountains, steep kloofs and the several tributaries of the pristine Palmiet river make it a wonderful hiking destination with a number of different trails to choose from.
One of my favourite trails in this reserve is the Palmiet River Trail. This is a relatively flat trail so is not too strenuous. As it is an out and back trail you can go just a few kilometres and then find a beach to settle on for the day, or you can do the full distance if 21km to Stokies bridge and back. Thus this can be an easy family outing or a hard hike covering good distance.
To get to the Nature Reserve follow the N2 out of Cape Town and take the Gordons Bay turn off just before Sir Lowrys pass. This will take you onto the scenic coastal route to Bettys Bay (R44). This road winds its way around the mountains with a steep drop off into the Oceans below. You pass several surf beaches and small towns such as Koel Bay and Pringle Bay before passing through Bettys Bay. Once through Bettys Bay the turn off for the Kogelberg is just before you cross the Palmiet River.