What the judges had to say: "The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on the planet, and as a contextualised feature the Oudebos Mountain Camp is a commendable example for good practice of balancing tourist needs and preservation aspects." For more info pls visit CapeNature's website!
update (26 Jan 2012): CapeNature recently opened five self-catering cabins in Kogelberg Nature Reserve. All cabins are built in harmony with nature and stylishly decorated. A cabin sleeps 4 persons, is equipped with modern amenities, contains two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious lounge, dining and kitchen area in which to unwind. For more info pls visit CapeNature's website!
The Kogelberg Nature Reserve, situated about 90km south-east of Cape Town and just outside the town of Kleinmond, is often considered as the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The reserve lies within the southern stretch of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, and has remained isolated and remarkably unspoilt. Its high mountain peaks, steep kloofs, valleys and several tributaries of the pristine Palmiet River create a sense of remote wilderness. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve has approximately 1650 plant species of which about 150 are endemic.
In the video, Michelle and her friends hike along the so-called Palmiet River Walk, which is 10km long, and takes 3 hours. It is a comfortable and easy hike, with resting areas along the route.
Permits are required for the walk and obtainable at CapeNature's Oudebosch Office at the start of the walk (from Kleinmond, when travelling towards Betty's Bay, cross the Palmiet River Bridge and turn right at the Kogelberg Nature Reserve sign). For more info, contact Kogelberg Nature Reserve (CapeNature). Maps should be available from the Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism Bureau in Kleinmond.