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Hiking In The Overberg | Kogelberg Nature Reserve


The Kogelberg Nature Reserve…

The Overberg to some is considered to be the best place to head to if you are hoping to find breathtaking hiking trails and routes in Hermanus, Kleinmond and surrounding areas. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom is one such area in the Overberg that is home to beautiful flora, fauna and of course the areas most prized possession, fynbos. 

There are currently five-day hikes and one, two-day hike in the reserve.

The Kogelberg Day Hike:

Distance: 24 KM

Duration: 8-9 hours

Description: The route is circular and will take you through the centre of the reserve. The graded trail is relatively long and hikers are encouraged to start their hike before 10:00 am

Notes: Pack your swimsuit and cool off in the Palmiet River.

Palmiet River Day Hike:

Distance: 9-18 KM

Duration: 3-7 hours

Description:  This easy-going trail is great for those seeking an adventure as there are options to hike from 9 up until 18 kilometres. The trail runs until the Stokoe Bridge and back again. The Palmiet River day hike is one of the more scenic hikes in the region.

Notes: The size of the group is a maximum of ten people.

Oudebosch, Leopards Gorge Day Hike:

Distance: 6 KM

Duration: 3-4 hours

Description: This light, the fun walk is a one-way hike starting at Oudebosch and ending at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. The views are spectacular along this hike, views of the coast, forest and dunes can all be seen.

Notes: As the hike is only one way it is advised that you be dropped off at Oudebosch and then collected at the Harold Porter Gardens. Please bear in mind that the garden closes at 6pm so begin your hike before noon.

Perdeberg & Three Sisters Day Hike:

Distance: 22 KM

Duration: 7-8 hours

Description: Start your hike on the Iona Wine Estate in Elgin. The best time to hike is during August and October when the valley is in full bloom.

Notes: Enjoy wine tasting at the Iona Wine Estate

Houwhoek Day Hike:

Distance: 8 KM

Duration: 3 hours

Description: This moderate hike is definitely geared toward nature lovers. The hike takes you through the Groenlandberg Conservancy and through spectacular fynbos covered valleys.

Highlands Two Day Hike:

Distance: Day 1 – 21KM, Day 2 – 16KM

Duration: Day 1 – 6-7 hours, Day 2 – 8 hours

Description:  This reasonably long trail will guide hikers along the mountains and pass through farm fields and veld. There are spectacular views of the coastline, Bot River vlei and far reaches of the Caledon area.

Notes: The Frank Robb hut is available to hikers and is found in the Kleinmond caravan park. The hut is complete with bunk beds, microwave, fridge and electricity. There is also accommodation at the start of the hike on the Iona Wine Farm, however, hikers can make their own sleeping arrangements. If you are wanting to book the Frank Robb hut call: +27 (0)28 271 8157


  • Activities must be booked prior to visit/hike/stay
  • Permits must be on you at all time
  • Keep to designated paths/routes/trails
  • Do not pick a flower
  • Do not feed the wild animals
  • Do not deface rocks
  • If you are wanting to fish, fishing is only permitted at the Bot River Estuary and you would require an inland fishing permit for this.

Extra Information:

Contact Cape Nature: +27 (0)861 227 362

Address of Kogelberg Nature Reserve: Along the R44, Kleinmond is situated 8KM south-east of the reserve.

Be prepared to be blown away by the beauty of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom!

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