Betty’s Bay.

Just a few km’s down the R44 from Pringle Bay is the village of Betty’s Bay which also lies in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Betty’s Bay is a picturesque seaside village situated along the scenic Clarence Drive Route (R44).  The pretty town is positioned in a narrow strip of land between the Kogelberg Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and bordered by fresh water lakes and the Palmiet River.

This part of the world is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom due to the exceptional examples of fynbos and has largely remained unspoilt and isolated. Although the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, it nevertheless has the 2nd largest diversity. The reserve stretches along the coast from Gordon’s Bay through to the town of Kleinmond and inland from the farms of the Elgin Basin through to Grabouw – a total of some 100,000 ha.

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Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens.

Harold Porter Gardens.
Harold Porter Gardens.

The botanical garden of Harold Porter, which stretches from the mountain-top down to the sea, is known as ‘little Kirstenbosch’ and contains some of the best examples of local fynbos, including proteas, restios and over 50 species of ericas.

Because I was trying to cover so much in 1 day I did not have a chance to go in to the gardens and have a walk around. I have been there on 3 or 4 other occasions and it is really worth the time and effort to spend a few hours there and if fit enough take a hike up to the waterfall and pool. Truly beautiful.

My next visit was to take a drive down to Stony Point and have a look at the African Penguin  colony which I had not seen before.

Info on Stony Point Penguins.
Info on Stony Point Penguins.

The penguin colony at Stony Point is one of four mainland colonies in South Africa and declared a municipal nature reserve in July 2002.The best time of day to view them is in the late afternoon, when the penguins return from fishing.

Stony Point.
Stony Point.

They have built a viewing walk way to make it easier to view the penguins.
They have built a viewing walk way to make it easier to view the penguins.
A few of the over 4,000 African Pnguins at Stony Point.
A few of the over 4,000 African Penguins at Stony Point.

It was a hot day so some were taking advantage of the the water showers provided for them to keep cool.
It was a hot day so some were taking advantage of the the water showers provided for them to keep cool.

The old concrete tower that housed the light to guide the boats into Stony Pint Harbour.
The old concrete tower that housed the light to guide the boats into Stony Point Harbour.

All that is left of the "Una" which was built in 1890 and was scuttled here to form part of the jetty.
All that is left of the “Una” which was built in 1890 and was scuttled here to form part of the jetty.

There is also a Cafe come restaurant come meuseum come art gallery at Stoney Point and well worth a visit.
There is also a café come restaurant come museum come art gallery at Stony Point and well worth a visit.

Fritz Von Wustenhoff who owns the Southern Cross Cafe is a mine of information about the area.

Fritz Von Wustenhoff who owns the Southern Cross Café is a mine of information about the area.

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There are some pretty sizeable houses along the road at Betty's Bay

One of quite a few galleries that I spotted.

One of quite a few gallery's that I spotted.

As I said of Pringle Bay I just wish I had had more time to explore  as I know that there are some beautiful beaches and many guest houses in the area.

Silver Sands and Hangklip dunes lie to the west of Stony Point offering a beach of over four kilometres and great kite surfing opportunities. The beach is also good for picnics, swimming and surfing. Jock’s Bay and Shelly Beach, close to the Harold Porter garden, offer the younger generation better paddling and shell collecting opportunities

7 Comments

  1. Michael on February 24th, 2010

    Did you know that Hendrik Verwoerd had a holiday house in Betty”s Bay. Often used to see him walking on the beach when I was a boy. Betty’s Bay one of our favourite beach places.

  2. pbdphoto on February 24th, 2010

    Hi Michael now that you mention it I do remember my folks telling me about Oom Hendrick and his place at Betty’s Bay.

  3. Danny on March 4th, 2010

    Hi! Loved the report, funny enough i was in cape last week and took a drive up from Cape Town to Gans Baai, via gordans bay and hermanus last week thursday, stopped at Bettys Bay, saw the penguins then had a sandwich at Fritz’s cafe. A beautiful drive that stretch of coast, its hard to describe. Hope you still enjoying your travels as much as we enjoy reading about them! :)

  4. pbdphoto on March 4th, 2010

    Hi Danny thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately I am now back in CT for a month (have to earn some money to carry on my journey) but still have a few posts to write as I got as far as L’Agulhas.

  5. Lidia Theron on October 4th, 2010

    I am so glad I discovered this blog.

    Is it possible that any of you people here, can tell me when the Verwoerd’s bought this house? Or since when have they owned the house.

    Did you know that the house is still the property of the Verwoerd Trust?

  6. Suzani on June 23rd, 2011

    The Main Beach actually used to be called ‘Hendrik Verwoerd Strand’ until about 10 or 15 years ago.
    We also have a house there, Betty’s Bay is truly beautiful.
    Very glad I discovered your blog!

  7. Bernd Hartenberger on June 26th, 2011

    I like your post! For me, Bettys Bay is almost the nicest place in the world to stay. I am living in Germany but I am really lucky to have an uncle, who allows me to use his house in Disa Road every year. If it wouldn’t be neccessary to earn some money during the year, I wouldn’t mind to stay in Bettys Bay forever! :-) Very relaxing! Not too hot, always a breeze! And during my last visit, I found my favourite restaurant there: The Tides! :-)



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