After most of the year spent staying put, the great outdoors has never seemed so inviting. Picture new horizons, activities that stretch you and the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had. For a getaway that combines nature, adventure and stunning accommodation, look no further than Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Here eight new eco-cabins are nestled in a natural playground just begging to be explored.
The pristine 18 000-hectare reserve is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Between the rugged mountain peaks, patches of indigenous forest and burbling waters of the Palmiet River, adventurous spirits will find plenty to do.
Get out and about
With activities ranging from mild to wild, Kogelberg can rightly consider itself a destination for adventure. Hikers can opt for various day walks ranging between 6km and 24km, from an easy amble along the Palmiet River to an all-day circular route that goes deep into the mountains. The 22km MTB trail skirts the river and offers stunning views of the Kogelberg Valley as well as the chance for a refreshing dip.
Depending on the season and your appetite for adventure, you can choose to drift down the river on an inflatable craft or go for white-water rafting action. If you’re hungry for more thrills, you can find sandboarding, kitesurfing, abseiling and quad biking nearby. The coastal villages in the area are popular for swimming and surfing, and you may well get to see whales in season.