Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

This beautiful reserve is a 40 minute drive from Gordons Bay.   Visitors can find it just before Kleinmond on the R44 coastal road – the famous scenic Clarence Drive .  For those staying in Gordons Bay a trip here makes for a lovely day out.  The reserve is definitley a must if you are a nature lover.  You can enjoy gorgeous flora, prolific birdlife, wild horses and you may just be lucky enough to sight whales offshore.  Day hikes, overnight trails, and mountain biking are among other activities you can enjoy here.  Please note that all activities do require a permit.

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Centre

What is a Biosphere Reserve?

A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest.  This label is given by UNESCO to help protect the sites around the world.   There are more than 400 biosphere reserves worldwide.  Kogelberg was South Africa’s first registered biosphere reserve.  The reserve encompasses the entire coastal area from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River vlei, and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain.

kogelberg biosphere reserve in the Western Cape, 40 mins from Gordons Bay

Exceptional Diversity….

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet, with more than 1,880 different plant species.  This means the reserve is three times richer in flora than the South American rainforests.   With its exceptional diversity, and the quality of fynbos, the reserve is considered to be the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.  It presents perhaps the finest example of mountain fynbos in the Western Cape and is a world-renowned World Heritage Site.

Palmiet River mouth ato Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, South Africa

Cape Floral Kingdom

The Cape Floral Kingdom, although the smallest of the world’s floral kingdoms, is the richest by far with 9,087 different plant species.  Of these species, 6,218 are endemic (found nowhere else in the world), compared for instance to the 20 endemics of the British Isles.  Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to one fifth of all fynbos.

An example of Cape Flora at Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Kogelberg Mountain Range

Kogelberg is a range of mountains along the False Bay coast in the Western Cape of South Africa. These mountains form part of the Cape Fold Belt, starting south of the Elgin valley and forming a steep coastal range as far as Kleinmond.  Kogelberg has the steepest and highest drop directly into the ocean of any southern African coastal stretch.


Big Skies Guest House

Tourists enjoy comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation with us in the heart of Gordons Bay. Big Skies Guest House has 7 modern en suite rooms, 3 of which can also accommodate families.   We are only a 3 minute walk from Gordons Bay main beach, with its beach front restaurants, taverns and shops.  Gordons Bay is the perfect place to base a holiday in the Western Cape, being centrally located to many tourist attractions.

Big Skies Guest House in Gordons Bay

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