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City Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay is located in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is a magnificent area at the Atlantic Ocean near the Palmiet River and at the foot of the Kogelberg on the scenic route of the R44 between Kleinmond and Pringle Bay.

The place derives its name from Betty Youlden, the daughter of one of the first developers of this area. In the colonial era Betty's Bay was a favorite place for runaway slaves from 1912 to 1930 and Betty's Bay was officially a whaling station, where you can still find some remains at Stoney Point. One cannot imagine that there were 220 people working in the processing of whales, to mention the number of Southern right whales that were slain here. But today Stoney Point is mostly visited by people who come to take a look at the Jackass Penguins. You will walk over a plank path along the sea and you can see the beautiful habits of the penguins and with luck maybe a whale swims past. The penguins go here at the end of the day just when they have come back from fishing.

Another attraction is the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. It is a beautifully landscaped garden of native flowers and plants where you can relax between hiking. It is a garden where the mountains meet the sea and the Fynbos is very beautiful! You can do a guided walk here or simply wander around yourself. Keep away from the baboons and beware of snakes. The botanical garden has a restaurant where you can have a drink, a delicious cup of coffee and a light meal.

Hiking or mountain biking in the heart of the Fynbos kingdom within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is a wonderful day and gives you the chance to see a large number of the 1,600 different species of plants. More than 50 species of Erica's, indigenous Fynbos and of course the beautiful proteas are worth it. For a hike in the park, you do need to take a license, which is available at the office in the nature reserve. Take the Leopard's Gorge trail or visit the botanical garden to the Disakloof waterfall. The latter is a 45-minute walk through a native forest with a beautiful view of the waterfall as reward.

At the Silver Sand area you will find a number of freshwater lakes and there may be fish but you can also spot beautiful birds and enjoy a picnic. Malkopsvlei or Bass Lake is unfortunately not recommended for swimming but at Rondevlei Grootwitvlei it is safe for swimming.

On the Palmiet River you can go white water rafting, tubing (large tires) and canoeing.

And to the coast there are of course all sorts of day activities that can take place on the 4-kilometer-long beach. Besides swimming and (kite) surfing there is Sandboarding on the magnificent Silver Sand dunes which is quite spectacular. Jock's Bay Shelley beach and the beaches are very suitable for families. Betty's Bay is located in the beautiful area where "'whales play and wild flowers bloom".

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