The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is situated near Kleinmond in the Western Cape Province. It is well known for its diversity of fynbos species that occur within its borders. The first day of the trail is 21km (6-7 hours) long and the second day is 16km. (8 hours) This is a trail that is worth doing, especially if your travels take you to the Hermanus/Kleinmond area. The trail can be classed a moderate to long. The Frank Robb hut is well equipped but needs to be booked separately from the trail. The hut is well equipped with bunk beds and mattresses, fridge, electricity and microwave.
Nearest Town: Kleinmond
Trail distance: Day 1: 21km (6-7 hours): Day 2: 16km (8 hours)
Trail limit: 10 hikers
The Frank Robb hut in the Kleinmond Municipal caravan park can be booked as overnight facility, or hikers can make their own sleeping arrangements. Accommodation is also available at the start on Iona farm. The hut shares the ablution facilities of the caravan park. It is furnished with bunk beds, fridge, electricity, and microwave.
This moderate to long trail starts from the parking area on the farm Iona, in the mountains above Kleinmond. After crossing the Highlands gravel road, it runs through farmland, along a dam wall, a jeep track through plantations and fynbos veld. It overlooks the Bot River vlei, wetlands and coastline of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
From the mountain it descends towards the R44. The road is crossed directly to the other side, with a path that leads towards the Bot River vlei. It skirts along the vlei to the Rooisand parking area. For here it is necessary to cross the vlei to the beach. During winter the water can be very deep. Head to the beach in the direction of Kleinmond to your overnight stop.
Day two starts from the overnight hut, to Geelhout and Swartrivier Streets. Find the path at the far left-hand corner of the Kleinmond Golf Club's parking area, indicated by a Highlands signboard. Follow the trail markers along the contours, around Three Sisters peaks and up to Perdeberg. It then follows a jeep track up to Perdeberg gate to the main Highlands gravel road. This leads back to Iona farm.