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Kogelberg Overview

Kogelberg Hikes

We offer 5 amazing Kogelberg 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 where you can experience one of the many Kogelberg Hikes.

Because the 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 Hikes allow one to experience the Kogelberg biosphere that has 3 patches of relic indigenous forest, LouwsbosPlatbos 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 all seen in the Kogelberg.

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)

Difficulty
Perdeberg Trail

22

7-8

moderate, long
Palmiet River Walk

10

3-4

easy
Oudebosch- Leopards Gorge

6

3-4

moderate
Kogelberg Trail

24

8

moderate, long
Three sisters

8

4

moderate

Overnight Trails

Highlands Trail Distance (km)

Time (hours)

 Difficulty
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.

Kogelberg Hikes

Kogelberg Hikes

Please Note: Kogleberg hikes may be subject to additional transport charges - the hiking office at Kogelberg Reserve is a 80 Km round-trip from Hermanus. The cost will be calculated for the applicable hike date.
Additional cost for entrance fees per person

Our 2 to 3 hour hike or walk is R 500.00 per person minimum 2 people there is a charge of  R 250.00 per additional person.

Half day or part thereof, includes tea, coffee and muffins. R 700.00 per person minimum 2 people. There is a charge of  R 350.00 per additional person.

Exceeding 5 hours include tea or coffee and muffins in the morning and a packed lunch with fruit juice for lunch; please contact us for a quote.

Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, unfortunately the world we live in has changed forever. Please note that all the prices quoted  are subject to change because of local and global conditions.

Obviously we will try our best to stick to the the prices as quoted throughout this vast website. Any changes will be communicated at the time of booking, and your booking confirmation price will remain fixed.

Kogelberg Hikes

Please Note: Kogleberg hikes may be subject to additional transport charges - the hiking office at Kogelberg Reserve is a 80 Km round-trip from Hermanus. The cost will be calculated for the applicable hike date.
Additional cost for entrance fees per person
Our 2 to 3 hour hike or walk is R 500.00 per person minimum 2 people there is a charge of  R 250.00 per additional person.

Half day or part thereof, includes tea, coffee and muffins. R 700.00 per person minimum 2 people. There is a charge of  R 350.00 per additional person.

Exceeding 5 hours include tea or coffee and muffins in the morning and a packed lunch with fruit juice for lunch; please contact us for a quote.

Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, unfortunately the world we live in has changed forever. Please note that all the prices quoted  are subject to change because of local and global conditions.

Obviously we will try our best to stick to the the prices as quoted throughout this vast website. Any changes will be communicated at the time of booking, and your booking confirmation price will remain fixed.

Please provide the following items for your walk or hike
  • Day pack
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Suitable hiking/walking boots or shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars/camera
  • Medication if required