Take a journey back to nature, a break that revitalizes body, mind and soul from the time you head out on the R44 from Gordon’s Bay. This coastal drive is rated as one of the most beautiful in the world, with sites of great granite mountains carpeted in proteas on the one side and the magnificent sea on the other. Here, nestle the four coastal villages of Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond, with not a casino, cinema or traffic light between them.
Kleinmond is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and surrounded by the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (containing 1 400 species of fynbos) which is the first Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). There are over 1500 different plant species here, 150 of which are endemic, occurring nowhere else in the world. There are troops of shaggy Chacma baboons, rock dassies and lynx, and even wild leopard live on the crags. Bird watchers from all over the world flock here to tick off ‘lifers’ such as the Bank Cormorant and Cape Rockjumpers.