For those traveling from the Mother City, Cape Town is only a mere hour and a half drive to Kleinmond. Situated in a fynbos belt between the impressive Kogelberg mountain range and the cobalt blue ocean, Kleinmond makes for a tempting weekend away. The destination has a grand choice of things to do, places to eat and places to stay.
The most popular road to get to Kleinmond from Cape Town is to take the N2 out of the city passed the airport and Somerset-West. Instead of heading inland over the mountain, turn right towards Gordon's Bay on Sir Lowry's Pass Road. Once you hit the T-junction close to a local fish 'n chips shop turn left onto the R44. This is otherwise more commonly known as the Whale Coast Route. The route winds along the narrow road that was carved out of the side of the Kogelberg mountains in the early 1900s. The route is aptly named the Whale Coast Route because for the last half of the year it is common to spot whales, most especially the Southern Right Whales that make this annual trip to mate and calve.
After following this scenic route you will then drive through Rooi Els, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay before driving into Kleinmond. As you drive into town activities beckon on either side of the main road. Up towards the mountain there is the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, river rafting at the Palmiet River, a golf course, bowls and many delightful places to stay. On the right of the main towards the ocean there are pristine beaches, the tourist hub Harbour Road, the lagoon and the beautiful rocky coastline.
If you are traveling from the Garden Route the journey is longer but well worth the trip. From George, which has an airport, the drive is just less than four hours. Cruise along the N2 through Mossel Bay, Riversdale, Heidelberg and Swellendam. Once you drive through Caledon take the R43 towards Hermanus. When the road splits take the R44 towards Kleinmond.
No matter the direction you are coming from, Kleinmond is certainly worth visiting as the unsuspecting holiday destination has a lot more to offer than meets the eye.
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