- Western Cape
- Rooi Els
The first little seaside village after leaving Gordons Bay, Rooi Els shares this area of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve with its neighbours Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. It is the smallest of these towns and the roads are untarred and narrow with no street lights. The residential part of the town is located along the shore with small beach cottages and larger beachside manors.
This sleepy village is surrounded on three sides by water and to the east is the Rooi Els estuary leading into the ocean which has a lovely beach for walking, swimming and boating.
Rooi Els may not be the busy holiday retreat some look for, but it is a must for all nature lovers because of the many trails and birdwatching or whale watching opportunities in the region.
Things to do and see
- Rooi Els Cave
- Kogelberg Nature Reserve
- Rooi Els Beach
- Stoney Point Penguin Colony (Betty's Bay)
- Fynbos Trail
- Leopards Gorge Hiking Trail
- Mosaic Lagoon Cafe
Tourists can find accommodation in the form of holiday houses to rent, Guest Houses and B&B’s.
Rooi Els experiences rainfall throughout the year, but most will be in the winter months from June to August.
Summermonths, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 6˚C and 17˚C.
There are domestic and International flights into Cape Town International Airporton a daily basis. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
No festivals are held in this small village, but some can be attended in the surrounding areas, see Cape Town and surrounding areas.
Rooi Els means “Red Adler” a type of tree that used to be in the area, but unfortunately no longer grows anywhere near the town.
There is evidence of settlements by the Khoikhoi people and runaway slaves taking refuge in the caves on the mountain slopes. The Khoi herders supplied livestock to the early Dutch Settlers.
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