Discover 3 things to do in Betty’s Bay with our day-trip itinerary from Cape Town, South Africa.
There is a place in Cape Town that is beyond magical, a place where the white sand meets the lush mountains and the blue ocean at the same time. This place is called Betty’s Bay. During our road trip in South Africa we visited the Cape of Good Hope and the Wine region, we hiked to the top of Lion’s Head for sunrise and we explored the West Coast National Park. It was time to take the road less travelled and explore the lesser known side of False Bay.
It took us a while to realise the beauty of Betty’s Bay. A small village wedged between the imposing Kogelberg Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean; a town on the scenic route from Cape Town to Hermanus. A quiet retreat of wild, untouched, white-sanded beaches settled on the Cape Whale Coast – east of Cape Town.
This easy day trip from the Mother City took us to some incredible spots. Read on to find out three reasons why Betty’s Bay should be on your list of things to do while in Cape Town.
3 Amazing Things to Do in Betty’s Bay, South Africa
1. Blesberg Dune
Exploring the sandy coastline that stretches along the front of Betty’s Bay we headed west, towards Pringle Bay, reaching the last beach before the edge of town. It’s called Silversands. It’s a favourite among fishermen. Individual beaches aren’t signposted, but you can ask locals for directions. This place is home to the stunning Blesberg Dune, located above Silversands Beach. Famous for one of the best things to do in Betty’s Bay or else the thrilling sandboarding activities, the sand dunes are worth a visit for the incredibly beautiful landscape.
2. Stony Point Penguin Colony
One of the things to do in Betty’s Bay is to visit one of two land-based penguin colonies in the Cape (the other is Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town). On this site, you can also see the remains of the whaling station operating near Stony Point in the 1900s. The best time of day to see these little guys is in the late afternoon when the penguins return from fishing.
Read more about Stony Point and Boulders Beach and find out HOW TO VISIT, AND SWIM WITH PENGUINS IN CAPE TOWN. Are you planning to visit Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town? Read our DAY-TRIP ITINERARY TO BOULDERS BEACH AND CAPE POINT.
3. Driving the Cape Whale Route
Let’s not forget the drive! The way to Betty’s Bay is one of the best parts of the day-trip from Cape Town. The Cape Whale Route – the scenic drive on the R44 – crosses villages set along the Atlantic Ocean. Between August and October, the warm waters off the coast of the Cape Peninsula attract Southern Right Whales. Driving along the coast, just beside the water, you very well may see whales splashing and playing nearby the road. The town of Hermanus, a 45 minute drive east of Betty’s Bay, is a famous vantage point for viewing whales during that time of year and is the largest town. Although Betty’s Bay is a quieter town to stop in. Green rolling hills dotted by rural towns give this region a distinctly different feel than the rest of the Western Cape.