Betty's Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

This rather quiet, little seaside resort doesn't have much in the way of hustle and bustle but it's a great place to spend a week or so doing very little. Betty's Bay is one of the four towns that make up the Hangklip-Kleinmond area.

There are lovely beaches, beautiful mountain walks, penguins, some good wineries relatively close by and the lovely Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Between Betty's Bay and the next town of Kleinmond is the botanically diverse Koggelberg Nature Reserve, through which the Palmiet River runs.

Stony Point:

The remains of the Old Whaling station, which was in operation from 1912 to 1930 can still be seen at Stony Point. In 1976 South Africa signed the treaty to ban whaling and the big mammals are making a come back. Each year, Southern Right and Humpback whales migrate into our coastal waters to calve and nurse their young.

These gentle giants provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between May and December. Stony Point is known to be a local and tourist hotspot for land-based whale watching.

African Penguin colony:

The Betty's Bay area is not only renowned for its magnificent floral kingdom, but it's also home to one of only three breeding colonies on the mainland in South Africa. The African Penguin colony at Stony Point is a must see and do activity.

There are only 2 land-based breeding colony's in Africa for this endangered species. The best time to visit is late afternoon when these plucky little creatures return from fishing expeditions which can extend some 20kms each day!