Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
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Betty's Bay
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Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
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Kleinmond
Kleinmond
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Clarence Drive
 
 
Biosphere Coastal Clarence Drive

The scenic R44 Clarence Drive departs from Gordons Bay to Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond along a steep coastal road carved from rocky sea cliffs. There are magnificent views across False Bay to Table Mountain and the rest of the Cape Peninsula.

Clarence Drive

Clarence Drive provides pleasant whale watching spots, all along the route where you can stop and watch the Southern Right Whales visit the sheltered shallow bays of the South African coastline each year. Clarence Drive leads through the Kogelberg Biosphere, the first and only Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO): a testament to the stunning diversity and large number of its flowering plants, many of which are found nowhere else in the fynbos biome. The whole Hangklip-Kleinmond area (Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond) is to be managed according to international principles, which aim to combine conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and wise development.

Driving along scenic Clarence Drive leads to the appearance of Kogel Bay, with long lines of surf breaking on the shining white sand, and famous among surfers and topless sunbathers for its pleasant atmosphere and sheltered cove against the occasional howling southeaster. A definite stop, even if you don't feel like climbing down the stairs to visit this unique beach, there is a place where you can park your vehicle and enjoy the views from above. Bathers at Kogel Bay have to be cautious of currents and a dangerous backwash.

Clarence Drive
Clarence Drive
Clarence Drive

Rooiels is a small seaside village next on route. Rooiels Bay is a safe and attractive spot for a family day on the beach or just stopping over at the Drummond Arms Hotel & Pub for light refreshment. The R44 now swings inland to Pringle Bay, the next seaside village to discover about 5 kilometres from Rooiels. Pringle Bay is much like Rooiels, except in recent years it has developed more rapidly. Pringle Bay has a lovely safe beach and various places to enjoy a light lunch.

Betty's Bay, once the site of a whaling station, is situated 10 kilometres along Clarence Drive from Pringle Bay. Betty's Bay is home to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and one of the only two mainland Jackass Penguin Colonies in South Africa. Travelling from Betty's Bay onwards, you will cross the Palmiet River and thereafter reach the first Kleinmond houses.

Clarence Drive
Clarence Drive
Clarence Drive

Kleinmond is a seaside resort at the foot of the Palmietberg that is becoming increasingly popular. Also known as the 'commercial' capital of the Hangklip-Kleinmond area is the most urbanized town in this area and provides most amenities. Be sure to visit the new harbour area, where you can buy honey, dried fynbos flowers, arts & crafts or just sit down and relax to enjoy a cappuccino and black forest cheesecake.

From Kleinmond the road leads past the Bot River Estuary and the award-winning Arabella Hotel & Spa, situated on the banks of the Bot River lagoon. The road comes to its end and you can decide to turn right and follow the signs to go to Hermanus, heart of the Whale Route or turn left, and go to the Elgin Valley of Fruit & Flowers or venture along the N2 and explore the countryside.

 

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