A Betty’s Bay day trip is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. Touring along Clarence Drive you will be in full support of the vote ranking this route as the most beautiful in the world. Snug between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean the winding road has plenty of nooks where you can turn off and soak in the view towards Cape Point. Always in search of a good coffee stop I recommend a stop at Miems Markie in Pringle Bay on a Saturday. Betty’s Bay conjures images of lazy family Sunday’s picnicking on the beach, picking up shells. The shells are still there but today there is more. My 3 must-do activities:
- Stop for chocolate. GaBoLi’s Chocolate is in Delport Road Betty’s Bay. Take the first turn-off from Pringle Bay’s side. Qualified as a Master Chocolatier Gaspard produces a range of premium chocolate products with different flavours and chocolate purity. Buy a slab, truffle or praline at his house and enjoy his chocolate stories.
- Greet the African Penguins at Stony Point. They are right there. Almost waiting at the car park. Usually there is a waddle hanging around the slipway and the penguins seem to be eager models, very used to being photographed. You could also enter the Stony Point Nature Reserve and view the penguins from a wooden walkway. Open between 8 and 5 with gates closing for last entrants at 4:30. Have a bite at On The Edge Restaurant at Stony Point and support the Mooi Uitsig community.
- From the sea to the mountains. Visit Harold Porter Botanical Gardens where there are different hiking routes. You can literally browse around and take in the fynbos gardens, amble off for a short walk in nature or do the distance. My favourite has to be the walk to the waterfall. Harold Porter consists of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190 hectares of natural fynbos.
Betty’s Bay can be done all in one day. No packing required. Just go.