Nestled at the foot of Kogelberg Mountains, Betty’s Bay is a very small seaside village in an area referred to as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and has remained unspoilt and isolated. Locals visit here during the flowering season, October to February, to witness the beautiful kaleidoscope of colours from the varied flowers in the famous Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. The reserve is covered with pretty laid-out paths and hillside trails with Leopards Gorge offering a more advanced trail.
Stony Point is home to one of four mainland penguin colonies in South Africa. In 2002 it was declared a municipal nature reserve and this important seabirds number has since grown in size due to breeding and the protection they have been given. The best time of day to visit is in the late afternoon when the penguins return from their day of fishing.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see:
- Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
- Betty’s Bay Main Beach
- Stony Point Penguin Colony
- Overstrand Equestrian Centre
- Oudebosch to Leopards Gorge Hiking Trail
- Kleinmond Lagoon
Tourists can find accommodation in the form of holiday houses to rent, Guest Houses and B&B’s.
Betty’s Bay experiences rainfall throughout the year, but the highest rainfall will be in the winter months from June to August.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 18˚C.
There are domestic and International flights into Cape Town International Airport on a daily basis. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
December – Harold Porter Botanical Gardens Music Concerts: The Botanical Gardens ends each year with a musical festival, check for new details each year.
More festivals can be attended in the surrounding areas, see Cape Town and surrounding areas.
The town was originally named after Betty Youlin, the daughter of the Managing Director of the first company that attempted to develop the area.
Before the whaling Station was set up in 1912, the mountains, valleys and caves were hideaways for runaway slaves. The Whaling Station stood until South Africa signed the treaty to stop whaling in 1976 and the remains can still be seen at Stoney Point.
John Walsh had a small fishing enterprise and exported flowers to Germany and Russia and after his death his farm fell into the hands of Jack Clarence and Harold Porter. They had massive plans for the area, but unfortunately none came to be and the village became a holiday destination instead.
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