Top Attractions

1. Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Within the Cape Floral Kingdom lies 18 000 hectares of pristine land that encompasses mountains, kloofs, valleys and the snaking Palmiet River. The area was isolated from much else of the Cape due to the Kogelberg mountain range that served as something of a barrier. This isolation, and the fact that it was spared from agriculture due to the rugged terrain, has resulted in a wilderness untouched. The protected area is home to approximately 1800 plant species and is a fine example of mountain fynbos in the Western Cape. Signs have even been found of Cape Mountain Leopard roaming between the shrub-like bushes, but true to their elusive nature they are not often seen. Antelope, baboons, porcupines, mongoose, dassies, hares and birds such as the Peregrine Falcon however are often spotted on hikes and walks through the reserve. Visitors are limited to ensure greater conservation but once inside hikers are spoilt for choice and kayakers can take to the Palmiet River. Nature Reserves in Kleinmond


2. Hiking

There are approximately 11 different hikes that one can do in the area. Most of them are found within the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and they range from easy three hour hikes to moderate two day overnight hiking trails. There is the option to walk alongside a river, through forests or up to mountain peaks. The general marine life and annual visits from the Southern Right Whales from June to December make a simple stroll along the coastline something spectacular. For something a little different guests can hike with the Fynbos Specimen Pickers on a Monday morning to learn more about the astounding facts of fynbos. It truly is a hiker's paradise. Hiking in Kleinmond


3. Golf

It might be unexpected that a small coastal town 90 km from Cape Town would offer such amazing golf, but Kleinmond most certainly does. Arabella Golf Estate is situated next to the Bot River lagoon with the Kogelberg mountains as a backdrop. It is rated one of the best golf courses in South Africa and it’s rumoured that the 8th hole is one of the best par fives in the country while the 18th hole is one of the best finishes. The Kleinmond Golf Club has equally beautifully scenery and the 9-hole eco-friendly golf course is a hit amongst locals and perfect for corporate getaways. Golf in Kleinmond


4. Rooisand Nature Reserve

The Rooisand Nature Reserve, with it's wide open fields, is the perfect place to go horse riding in Kleinmond. The views are incredible and due to its proximity to the estuary there is a lot to behold. Two things that make this particular nature reserve stand out is that the path was built from alien timber that is wheelchair friendly, and at the end of this trail there are wild horses roaming the open land. You can walk amongst the wild horses or choose to sit in one of the bird watching houses as the marshy ground beckons many winged beauties. Nature Reserves in Kleinmond


5. Beaches

The main beach of Kleinmond is a Blue Flag beach located by the Kleinmond lagoon. The Blue Flag is part of an international program that identifies beaches that offer a quality environment that is both clean and safe. This beach is the ideal spot to set up an umbrella and enjoy a day in the sand. Plamiet Beach is located on the south-western side of Kleinmond and is also a lovely place to explore maritime wonders. The Palmiet River runs into the ocean here and close by there are three crosses erected in memory of the sinking of the Gustav Adolph ship in 1902. Both beaches are also great for fishing.


6. Kleinmond Lagoon

Visiting the Kleinmond Lagoon is a charming way to spend an afternoon. You can rent a canoe from the colourful hut on the edge of the water. You can paddle across the water from the mouth of the sea into the weaving waterways in the estuary. Besides the sheer tranquillity and intimate views into nature there is a great chance of spotting birds and even the wild horses of the Rooisand Nature Reserve. The area around the lagoon is a great spot for locals to relax as there is space for picnics, you can often find an ice-cream stand close by and children's jungle gyms are scattered across the lawn. There is also the famous tree that has been dubbed 'Die Preekboom'. It was once the meeting spot for fishermen in the early 1900s and today church services are still conducted there towards the end of the year. Kayaking.  


7. Harbour Road

Harbour Road is the place to be for any tourist. It was recently redone and now the cobbled street is lined with everything from restaurants, coffee shops and delis to boutique shops, salons and art galleries. One end leads toward the ocean and the old harbour while the top of the street leads to town and the Kogelberg mountains stand resolute in the background. Harbour Road beckons many laid-back strollers and anyone with an appetite. If there is any vibe at night it is likely happening on Harbour Road. The destination is at its best however in the day when visitors can lunch with a view and then take a wander through an art gallery afterwards. The Waterfront destination is definitely the place to be. Businesses in Kleinmond


8. Blues Festival

Kleinmond has been put on the map and brought to the attention of many people in the Western Cape because of this annual two-day Jazz festival. The idea was initially born when the Tourism Bureau wanted to create awareness about the Biosphere area, since then the music festival has taken on a life of its own. Talented musicians bring their very best to this family-friendly party. The tickets are affordable and alongside the soulful tunes there are some delicious treats on offer as well some arts, crafts and souvenirs from the seaside town. Make sure you diarise this event to not miss out on the fun! Events in Kleinmond


9. River Rafting

During the summer months, when there are fewer rainfalls, guests can go blackwater tubing down the Palmiet River for a relaxing but fun adventure. In the winter months however, the river becomes a high intensity grade III river rafting destination. In the 4km trip there are 10 rapids that are comparable to many other well-known rivers in South Africa. It is the perfect adventure for any adrenalin junky! The trip begins in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and ends where the Palmiet River meets the ocean and adventurers can then disembark after their 2 - 4 hour trip at the Palmiet Beach. The water itself is often referred to as Brandy and Coke by the locals because of its clear brown hue. Outdoor Adventures in Kleinmond  


10. Mountain Biking

One of the best ways to explore the Kogelberg Nature Reserve is by bicycle. The Palmiet River Valley MTB Route is 22km long and ranges between 2 and 4 hours to complete. Although there is little shade offered on the ride there is plenty of water as you follow along the river and it is even possible to swim. The route is moderate riding and it is suitable for ages 10 and up. The Kogelberg MTB Route on the other hand is far more intense and is only recommended for skilled riders. The 39km one way ride will take approximately 5 hours to complete with some steep climbs and rough sections to get through. Experienced riders can expect to take on single track, jeep track, rocks, sand and thick bush along the way. Both rides need permits as they both take place in the World Heritage Site – the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Mountain Biking in Kleinmond