Kogelberg Nature Reserve


Kogelberg Overview

Walks & Trails

We offer 5 amazing Kogelberg guided day hikes, and 2 overnight trails – guided or unguided.

The Kogelberg Biosphere encompasses the entire coastal area from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River vlei, and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain.

Kogelberg is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town the area is famous for its floral wealth. The 100 000 ha Nature Reserve boasts in excess of 1800 plant species. Many spectacular members of the Protea family, including the Marsh Rose occur here in Kogelberg.

Kogelberg biosphere has 3 patches of relic indigenous forest, Louwsbos, Platbos and Oudebos. Similar to the Knysna forests, they include yellowwood, stinkwood and boekenhout trees. In addition to the diverse plant species one has a good chance of spotting klipspringers, Cape grysbok and porcupines and the elusive Cape leopard.

Cape leopard

The Palmiet River and its associated vegetation is the most pristine in the south-western Cape. Wild almond, rooi-els, yellowwood and cape beech are among the trees occurring in the riverine scrub.

Kogelberg is a UNESCO World Heritage site now boasts stunning eco cottages that can be hired for overnight trails.

Guided hikes or walks offer so much more:         Ralph and Gill live in Hermanus so they have local knowledge and they are registered FGASA and Tourist guides with a wealth of knowledge to make the most of your hike or walk.

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Day Hikes

Trails Distance (km)

Time (hours)

Perdeberg Trail



moderate, long
Palmiet River Walk



Oudebosch- Leopards Gorge



Kogelberg Trail



moderate, long
Three sisters




Overnight Trails

Highlands Trail Distance (km)

Time (hours)

Day 1 16 km 6-7 hrs moderate
Day 2 21 km 8 hrs moderate

What you’ll get

Dramatic sea vistas of white beaches & wild rocky shores, combined with pristine rolling mountains rich in fauna & flora. This is a nature-lover’s dream.

Interesting sights nearby

Harold Porter Botanical Gardens

A world renown garden showcasing 4 vegetation types and home to over 60 bird species as well as other wildlife such as porcupine, genet, mongoose, otter, and dassies (hyrax).

Stoney Point Penguin Colony

One of the few breeding grounds of the African (Jackass) penguins, set alongside the ruins of the old whaling station. Best time to visit is late afternoon.

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Kogelberg Nature Reserve
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Kogelberg Nature Reserve
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It comprises of over 18 000 ha of unspoiled wilderness stretching across the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range. High mountain peaks, steep kloofs, valleys and streams of the Palmiet river make this a hikers paradise. Some of the finest examples of mountain fynbos (wild flowers) are represented here. It protects approximately 1800 plant species , 150 of which are endemic and noteworthy. Many spectacular proteas as well as three patches of indigenous forest add Botanical interest.