Top 10 Cape Town Out-of-Town Excursions

By Michael Sieburg & Alison Bradley
Jackass penguins on beach in South Africa
MIGHTY MIDGETS: Jackass penguins on beach in South Africa (South African National Parks)

8. Kickback in Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay is one of the most beautiful spots along the Overberg coast region of South Africa's Western Cape Province. The picturesque seaside village is nestled between the Kogelberg Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, bordered by freshwater lakes and the Palmiet River. Betty's Bay has numerous activities for outdoor enthusiasts, including sandboarding down the Blesberg dunes, hiking through the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, swimming in the Palmiet River, or horseback riding around the lagoon. Not only famous for its magnificent display of fynbos wildflowers, the Betty's Bay area is a breeding colony for the jackass penguin (also known as African penguin), one of only three breeding zones in the whole of South Africa. The best time for seeing the birds is in the late afternoon when they are returning from their hunt; a wooden boardwalk offers easy access for viewing the birds. Betty's Bay lies along the Western Cape's Clarence Drive Route (Route 44), a scenic coastal stretch connecting Cape Town and towns like Betty's Bay and Kleimond. The drive offers dramatic views over False Bay toward Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula.

When to Go: November to April
Driving Distance from Cape Town: Betty's Bay (57 miles)

Published: 24 Mar 2010 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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