Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Hugging the beautiful coastal route east of Cape Town, the Kogelberg Nature Reserve is just over an hour from Cape Town. Often considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, this reserve is unspoilt with the peaks, dips and tributaries of the Palmiet River creating a remote wilderness. Hikers and rowers have much to explore in this World Heritage Site, but the terrain is tough. 

Main attractions

  • The Palmiet River, which offers white-water paddling in winter
  • Mountain fynbos

The cabins at Kogelberg are among my top 10 favourite places I’ve stayed in, ever, in the whole world.

– Judy van der Walt, Wild 21


  • Hiking
  • Kayaking (only for competent paddlers)
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing at the Bot River estuary (permit required)
  • Picnicking
  • Birding

Top sightings: The endangered Mimetes hottentoticus and Mimetes capitulatus (the reserve holds the highest concentration of this genus in the Cape), the endemic freshwater crab, peregrine falcon, Verreaux’s eagle, klipspringer, grysbok

Accommodation: Eco-friendly cabins

Office times: 07:30 – 16:00

Nearest centre: Kleinmond is 8km from the reserve, (about 5 minutes), it’s 90km to Cape Town (about 1,5 hours).

Know before you go

  • Access is via a gravel road which is accessible for sedan vehicles. There is no cellphone reception once you turn off the tar road.
  • Licences are required for fishing at the Bot River estuary and are available from the reserve.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)28 271 5138

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected]

Visit Kogelberg Nature Reserve’s home page.

Video courtesy of CapeNature.