We decided to take a mid-week break (something we think everyone should do every now and then) and checked in at the Kogelberg Nature Reserve for a night at their Oudebosch Eco Cabins. And what an absolutely fabulous time we had!
Considered to be the most beautiful of Cape Nature’s reserves, Kogelberg has a diverse variety of mountain Fynbos and is a world-renowned World Heritage Site. And we can now completely agree with this statement! We got to experience some of the most beautiful Fynbos, visiting during Spring definitely added to the experience as everywhere you looked, the flowers were in full bloom.
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is 3km on the R44 from Kleinmond and then a further 3km on a dirt road. The drive along the dirt road is beautiful and follows the Palmiet River for most of the way. We were greeted at the reception hut by a very friendly lady who helped us check in and explained a bit about the accommodation and the reserve.
There are only 5 cabins which keeps it exclusive and peaceful and even though all the cottages were full at the time that we were there, we felt like we were there on our own and were never bothered by anyone else. We were very pleasantly surprised by the design and layout of the cottages, a lot of thought and work has gone into making you feel comfortable and relaxed while staying at Oudebosch. The cottages are very rustic looking and beautiful on the outside, yet quite modern on the inside. They all have planted roofs for insulation and details like glass bottle chandeliers. The cabins are all linked by wooden walkways, with a central eco pool.
Our cabin had two sections, divided by an undercover walkway. The first section is the open plan living area with a dining table, a nice big couch and a fireplace, where we spent the late evening relaxing, chatting and sipping on some Pinot Noir. This living area opens up onto a deck with some outdoor seating and a courtyard with a braai. We spent most of our time on the deck watching the bird life, the sunset and drinking G&T’s.
The second section of the cottage is the sleeping quarters and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms (each cottage sleeps 4 people), which are all spacious and comfortable. The bathroom has a lovely big glass shower on a wooden deck, and the water from the shower flows into the gardens. The toilet in the cabins is a compost toilet, so no flushing required 🙂 Every room has big windows or sliding doors with breathtaking views of the mountains and Fynbos in all directions.
The central eco pool is an ideal spot to cool off after your hike or on hot summer days, you will most likely see a frog or two swimming alongside you.
Kogelberg has a couple of lovely hiking trails from easy to difficult (so it caters to all). We chose to do the 10km hike along the Palmiet river, which was beautiful, this is where we saw the biggest variety of Fynbos. About 5km in, you will get to a white sand beach on the river, which is perfect for swimming.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve is well looked after and lots of effort has gone into making you feel comfortable while there. We would highly recommend that you call and book a night or two here as soon as possible! Or even just do a day trip and enjoy a hike along the river with a picnic and a swim.
See our stay in pictures below.
A side note:
- There is no cellphone reception
- Pack your own coffee plunger/French Press/Percolator
- Pack some swimming towels
From Cape Town, take the N2 north. Just before Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right onto Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left onto the R44, following the road along the coast, past Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay. Just before you reach Kleinmond you will see the sign for Kogelberg, taking the dirt road to the left.