Unfortunately for me, the weather wasn’t that great on the few days that I was staying at the 3 Flavours Guesthouse in Pringle Bay. It was hot but unpleasantly windy. As such, I didn’t explore the area to its full extent. I checked out a few of the shops and the small market on Saturday morning. The one thing I can highly recommend is the Tickelmouse biscuit factory (yum!). I also checked out the surrounding Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond:
Feeling a bit bored, I decided to drive out to the surrounding Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond:
The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Betty’s Bay
Betty’s Bay is a mere 15-minute drive from Pringle Bay (at 120km/h). While there, we checked out the stunning Harold Porter Botanical Gardens.
The place felt like an oasis. We came across some bird-watchers and fynbos-admirers. I so much wanted to do the hike up to the waterfall but due to a flood in October, the bridge to get there was washed away.
We had a much needed lunch at the restaurant there.
Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay
Another cool place to check out is the Stony Point Penguin Colony.
Entrance to Stony Point was R10 and there’s a walkway along the beach where you can see hundreds and hundreds of penguins! They are very cute but somewhat stinky. We couldn’t stay there too long as it was hot (no shade) and smelled of an expired sushi bar.
Kleinmond Beach, Kleinmond
Kleinmond is about 15 minutes away from Betty’s Bay (also at 120km/h). We checked out the beach which is a blue-flag beach (Go Overberg!).
There was a bit of a lake close to the beach and I put my feet in there. The water was warm and lovely and I wondered why more people were not swimming there. After walking in the water for fifteen minutes, I spotted the sign saying “water polluted. swim at our risk“. Eurgh! No guessing why the water was warm then….