Kogelberg Nature Reserve is considered by many to be the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas. Its exceptional diversity and quality of fynbos means it is also considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
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. To find out more, download the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve brochure.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve has been awarded ECO Certification by Ecotourism Australia.
How to get there
From Cape Town, take the N2 north. Just before Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right on to Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left on to the R44, following the road along the coast, past Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay. Just before you reach Kleinmond you will see the sign for Kogelberg, taking the dirt road to the left.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve contact information
Reserve office hours: 07h30 – 16h00
Reserve office phone number: +27 (0)28 271 5138
Emergency number: +27 (0)28 271 5138 (Answering machine will refer to officer on duty)
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190
Cellphone reception: No reception, last reception point is at the turn from the tar road onto the gravel road.
Download the Kogelberg Nature Reserve map and brochure.
GPS: 34 19 21.0 S 18 57 58.2 E