Betty’s Bay – A Pearl on the Whale Trail
By: Stefnie Meyer
17 January 2017
From Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay & Kleinmond, these coastal villages are hugged close between the “Mountain And The Deep Blue Sea” . . . a thin strip of land with a “Road That Runs Through It”……Almost sounds like a choice between two bad things & a novel loaded with intrigue & problems! Other than Nature’s Moods & Critters being part of the experience, it’s a picturesque sought-after part of the Whale Trail.
Betty’s Bay, being named after a lady indicates that affection & love was in the mix since its development, still is. Experiencing nature & being part of preserving it have a lot to do with peoples’ choice in living here.
With Nature commanding attention from one’s senses it is the ideal place to retreat, to unwind, contemplate and be creative. You can’t miss John the Potter’s place where creativity oozes from the building itself as you drive down the R44, a signpost that you are entering a space of playfulness.
Getting close to nature is key. Enjoy an early morning stroll on the beach where the misty breeze from the ocean strokes your skin; enjoy the call of birds identifying the bray of a Jackass penguin you won’t hear at home; cuddle up at a fire with a glass of crisp wine or savour a seafood meal contemplating the delicate indigenous fauna & flora you discovered in the area.
It may be a village but there are more than enough adventure experiences to be had in the surrounding areas. Shopping too!
Off course you’ll find ME at the Arabella Hotel & Spa for their African Rainforest Experience & massage! ….Oh my goodness, just thinking about it is HEAVEN!
Our bodies love movement and there are enough other physical & sensory stimulation to be found in Betty’s Bay and neighbouring villages:
- Swimming – many beautiful beaches, rivers and lagoons
- Visiting the Jackass penguin colony at Stony Point
- Bird watching
- Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens – go for a stroll & have refreshments or lunch at The Red Disa Restaurant
- Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve – enjoy the numerous walking, hiking and mountain biking trails.
- Golfing at the Kleinmond Golf Course
- River rafting on the Palmiet River
- Go surfing, kite surfing, paragliding, sand boarding, diving, and fishing
- Shopping in Kleinmond
- Visiting art galleries & sign up for open art or craft classes on Saturdays
- Harbour and boat launching sites
- Dining on yummy meals at the various local restaurants
And in between days of staring at the waves & whales, explore a little further…
- Golfing at the Arabella Golf Estate;
- Tea and Scones at the Arabella Hotel – I love the rose-vanilla tea.
- Have an “African Rainforest” Treatment at the Luxurious Arabella Hotel & Spa
- Shark-cage diving at Gansbaai
- Wine tasting & Wine pairings with chocolate/biltong along the extensive wine route in the surrounding areas
- Olive Oil tastings, Cheeses . . . .
- Discover those “best-kept-secret-eateries” in quaint hidden places.
- Shopping in Hermanus or head out back towards Gordons Bay, Strand & Somerset-West.
Neighbouring Towns/Villages: Somerset-West; Strand; Gordons Bay; Rooi Els; Pringle Bay; Kleinmond; Grabouw; Elgin; Botriver; Hermanus.