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Kogelberg Nature Reserve

105 Reviews

Kogelberg Nature Reserve

105 Reviews
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CoraMandel wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom23 contributions90 helpful votes
Kogelberg nature reserve is a hidden gem. When we visited in late January there were very few other people there and the area is so vast we only glimpsed them in the distance. Despite wild fires last year, the plants have made a good recovery and lots of rare species were in bloom. And there were some great bird sightings as well. Our only regret is that we didn't bring swimming gear - there are a few fantastic swimming places along the river banks. The residential chalets looked great, but it could feel very isolated up there at night, especially if you were the only ones staying in the reserve. Betty's Bay is a better bet.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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JonoSav wrote a review Dec 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions6 helpful votes
The beautifully designed cottages at kogelberg provide a comfortable base to enjoy this magnificent reserve. Well laid out walking trails if you’re feeling active, an eco-pool to cool off in or sit on your veranda and enjoy the quiet. Close to lots of other attractions. Good birdlife , good place to put your feet up and relax.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Sanjo R wrote a review Sep 2019
South Africa32 contributions14 helpful votes
Stunning reserve about 2 hours drive from Cape Town. Thoroughly enjoyed the Palmiet River Trail - a flat easy 10km along the Palmiet river. Be prepared for sudden rain and lots of stunning flowers! Will definitely be back. We were surprised how busy the reserve was so be sure to book your hiking permit ahead of time.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Lynda D wrote a review Aug 2019
Battambang, Cambodia111 contributions21 helpful votes
The garden is really big so we took the shuttle. The driver was friendly, helpful and knew the flowers. It is the most beautiful botanical garden I have ever seen!
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Date of experience: August 2019
ArtistheP wrote a review Apr 2019
Amsterdam246 contributions166 helpful votes
The area was hit hard by a huge fire earlier this year but the reserve is already starting to recover from it and we even in the affected areas we saw lots of plants and flowers. The entrance to the parking area, where you can buy hiking permits (50 Rand), is easily missed to use your navigation. The road is one lane but there are enough spots to pass other cars. At the time of our visit only track 4 (hiking, next to the river) and 5 (mountainbiking, above the river, we took it back to the parking while we didn't want to go the same way back and forth, 4 is nicer however) are opened. The first stretch is through an area that was hit by the fire but the last through lovely green lush bushes. Lots of birds, and some monkeys (on a safe distance, not interested in us) too. Saw only two other hikers the entire hike. Really enjoyed this beautiful reserve. Toilets and a picknick area at the parking. You can also picknick next to the river on 2/3 of the track. Take your own drinking water with you. The Leopardtrail is closed at the moment but hopefully can be opened again any time soon.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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