Local attractions in Pringle Bay
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The Arabella golf course in South Africa is ranked by Complete Golfer magazine as the number one golf course in the Western Cape. It is also featured in Golf Digest’s USA’s Top 60 courses outside of America in 2007.
Designed and built in 1999 by celebrated South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich, who is also credited with the design of Western Cape courses de Zalze and Steenberg, this classic parkland course has spectacular views across the Bot River lagoon and across the Kogelberg mountain range.
The Kleinmond Golf Course
The course (10 holes) is set in magnificent scenery between beautiful mountains and sea surroundings. Wild life and natural Cape flora provide the beauty for ideal golfing terrain. Whales can often be seen playing in the bay whilst walking the fairways during the months of July to October.
The course measures 5761 metres with a par of 72 and a SAGU rating of 70. Different tees are used and the course provides for a challenging golfing experience all year round. Climatic conditions are excellent for most part of the year.
Whale watching all year round, particularly between June & Nov when the Southern Right Whales calve and mate in the area.
The South African South Coast has clean, healthy water, ideal temperatures and a natural abundance of premium abalone (Haliotis Midae), world renowned for appearance, taste and texture. Where better to base one of the country’s leading exporters of quality, cultured abalone? Visit the abalone farms situated in this nature lover’s paradise, 140km from Cape Town, in the small fishing village of Hermanus.
Sand boarding on the Blesberg Dune is just one of the activities that this area has to offer. The dune was established many hundreds of years ago brought in by massive south easterly winds. Today the dune is wind managed by our light summer south easterlies and the topped in winter by the storming north westerly wind. The white dune is a living dune and is for ever changing its expression.
The adrenalin Run – wax on wax off polish the under surface like an antique piece of furniture, walk up to a height of 210m just below the rock mantle and take a breather. Mentally prepare yourself for the run of your life. Whether natural or goofy, strap the board on securely, take in a deep breath and venture forth. The adrenalin run is a rush like no other.
Dyer Island, Geyser Rock and Shark Alley are teeming with sea life! Cape Fur Seals, Jackass Penguins and a wide variety of sea birds can be seen on your trip… and with all this food around… the Great White Sharks are sure to be there!!!
In fact Great White Sharks are spotted preying on seals so frequently that the area has become known as the Great White Shark capital of the world, and this is where Great White Shark Diving will take you for the experience of a lifetime.
The Stony Point penguin colony
Close to the old lighthouse on a point of land and near the last remains of a wrecked whaler, the Balena, lies the penguin colony at Stony Point started in 1982. For the first few years, it was possible to walk into the colony and inspect the penguins at close quarters but due to attacks on the birds by leopards and other predators, a fence was constructed to give them a bit of protection.
It seems certain that most of the penguins came from the colony at Dyer Island, 60 km farther east. Once penguins start breeding, they are extremely unlikely to switch colonies. So the colonists are most likely to be young penguins from Dyer Island that established themselves at Stony Point as breeding birds.
The first nests in the colony were in among the rocks at the tip of the Stony Point peninsula. As the colony increased in size, birds started to nest under thick vegetation on an adjacent sandy area. The penguin guano slowly killed these bushes, and birds chose nests sites farther away from the sea. Nowadays, there are substantial numbers of penguin nests outside the fenced off area. These birds are vulnerable to disturbance, especially from dogs. Plans are being made to increase the size of the protected area.
Kleinmond Harbour Road
Shopping and sundowners in Harbour Road, a “shopping street” with an open market feel that leads down to the Kleinmond harbour, is two blocks of local crafts, gallery, wines, food, gifts and even an Abalone Museum.
Kogelberg Palmiet River Trail
Walk the Palmiet River Trail in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. Located in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, this walk is one that should not be missed. The trail follows the river where swimming is possible in some of the first few pools.
The Overstrand is a hotspot of biodiversity. The 4 villages of Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Pringle Bay & Rooi Els form part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Fynbos World Heritage Site, the smallest but richest of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms with more than 6000 endemic plants.
Betty’s Bay has some wonderful beaches. Silver Sands and Hangklip dunes lie to the west of Stony Point offering a beach of over four kilometres and great kite surfing opportunities. The beach is also good for picnics, swimming and surfing however Jock’s Bay and Shelly Beach, close to the Harold Porter garden, offer the younger generation better paddling and shell collecting opportunities.
Kleinmond has one of the most beautiful beaches – with Blue Flag status – in the world, though all along this coastline are glorious white sandy beaches and stretches of rock pools with intriguing inhabitants.
On the rocks and beaches a variety of cormorants and gulls can be found. Amongst the rock pools Egyptian Geese, Little Egrets, Cape Wagtails and a variety of swallows and swifts are often seen.
Dive for abalone (perlemoen), rock lobster, alikreukel, venus ear, black mussel, white mussel, limpet, periwinkle, octopus, bloodworm, red bait, sea urchin, oyster. Please note a permit is required for harvesting any marine species and restrictions apply. Abalone and Rock Lobster have a closed season.
The Art Route Gallery in nearby Betty’s Bay. Visitors will find unique paintings, sculptures and other crafts on display by local and well known artists.
Angle from the rocks. Galjoen, Red Roman, Blacktail, White Steenbras, Musselcracker, Geelbek, Kob, Red Stumpnose, Hottentot. Please note a permit is required and restrictions apply. Galjoen has a closed season.
Wine farms and estates
The Hemel-en-Aarde valley is unlike others in the Overberg. With its magnificent mountains and breathtaking views, the valley offers a wide range of award-winning wine cellars, restaurants and picnic sites – perfect for the whole family.
The credo of the Bot River Winegrowers Association emphasizes the unspoilt, down-to-earth, sociable character of the farmers in this pocket, surrounded as they are by ancient mountains and open skies. Our wines are for lovers of the road less traveled – they say. Within a 10km radius the wine lover can experience real country hospitality and taste wines made from the oldest vines in the region as well as the latest, most innovative varietals from new plantings.
The Garden of Eden and the Valley of splendour are the names given to the Elgin and Theewaterskloof areas respectively by their enthusiastic residents and they are not wrong. Both regions are lush fruit baskets resonant with the buzz of bees and aromatic with the smell of ripe apples, pears and nectarines in summer.
Neat rows of vines are taking up more and more of the land and no wonder, the height of the vineyards make this the coolest wine growing area in the Cape. The cool growing climate results in slow ripening grapes and intense flavours, thus producing some of the country’s finest Sauvignon Blancs, Rieslings and Chardonnays.
This seaside town has much to offer – with its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, excellent restaurants and some of the best land based whale watching in the world.
OTHER ACTIVITIES – contact Jackazz eco adventures
Other activities to indulge in around Pringle Bay are photography, sketching/painting, strolling along the beaches, collecting seashells, swimming, snorkeling, sun bathing, surfing, whale watching (June-November), bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, enjoying unspoilt and unique fynbos nature, eating out in one of several restaurants, fishing, diving, golfing, pampering at spas, climbing, strolling in the Harold Porter Botanical Garden, viewing penguins, gambling at the casino, paragliding, river rafting, dune surfing, sunsets over the sea – and much more!
This is our foundation product where we incorporate a variety of activity disciplines involving pathway navigation, way-point collection, abseiling, river crossing and problem solving. Groups are divided up into teams of three, issued an aerial map of the course indicating way-points to be collected, survival tips and basic activity instruction is conducted before heading out and challenging personal potentials and learning to trust individual instincts. Home base is a canvas marquee with tables and chairs to allow participants to relax after their 3 hr challenge. Braai lunch and drinks are provided. An ideal adventure setting, for birthday parties, school outings and corporate bonding.
Push your limits on a cape-sand stone circuit designed for the learner and those climbers wishing to improve technique. Aspects of personal achievement, fitness enhancement, mental focus, body conditioning and stamina, are challenged and improved, on this 4 hour outing. Gear provided and shoe hire available. Betty’s Bay boulder problems are there to be challenged.
Exposure is a sure pulse pusher. Groups are accommodated on a 15m abseil or head higher for the 25m Mountain Rose drop. Gear and instruction is included in this activity outing.
Black Water Tubing
Run the dark water rapids of the Palmiet River in customized one-man vessels, Camo-Geko’s.
Mountain Top Cruise
Get elevated to 620m above sea-level and take a 15min stroll to BIG exposure atop Olifants Kop, 656m. The 4×4 drive meanders through fynbos valleys interrupted with outstanding views of our unique coast-line. Maximum group of 6 people makes this an exclusive outing. Picnic or sundowners we can cater for this 3-4 hour round trip.
This 3-4 hour outing with Mike Leresche, renowned wildlife photographer, will broaden your horizon in photographic skill or zoom in on fynbos characteristics. Film or digital, Mike will enhance your understanding of using this medium. An all exclusive outing for maximum of three people.