The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens (tel 028-272 9311) in Betty’s Bay makes for a pleasant outing, offering walking trails and a tea garden (tel 028-272 9400).

Stony Point penguin colony is a sure-fire winner with children and should keep their pleas for ice cream at bay for an hour or so.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve (tel 028-271 5138) extends from Pringle Bay to Kleinmond. It incorporates both coastline and mountain terrain and has a number of trails and accommodation.

Kleinmond Coastal Reserve lies to the west of the town and presses deep into the mountain. The Palmiet River and lagoon intersects the heart of the reserve and is a good site for swimming and canoeing. The area tourism office (tel 028-271 5657) is your contact for more info.

All the coastal villages along this stretch of rocky coastline have beaches – some longer and some safer than others.