Published: 06 July 2016
By:Pino Mari Holiday Homes
Kleinmond is in the middle of an area known as the "Heart of the Cape Fynbos Floral Kingdom". Its historical background is rich with stories of shipwrecks, pirates, runaway slaves, cattle-thieves and strandlopers and the area from the Bot River Vlei to Gordon's Bay, and inland to the Groenlandberg.
The coastline is an absolute paradise for the outdoor enthusiast with hiking trails, scuba diving, snorkeling, river-rafting, sand and surf sports as well as many mountain orientated activities. The Kleinmond Nature Reserve is criss-crossed by a network of trails for hikers that eventually leads into the beautiful Kogelberg Nature Reserve.
Visitors to Kleinmond have access to safe swimming in lagoons, Hire canoes from Kleinmond Pleasure Boats for an afternoon of fun rowing on the Kleinmond lagoon, take a walk on Kleinmond's perfect beach and along the coastal paths over majestic rocks to the mouth of the Palmiet River, hiking, bird watching, a black water river, caves and exciting rocky tidal pools; there is even a golf course for avid followers of the sport. The beach here, although not great for swimming, is perfect for fishing.
Kleinmond is reputed to be home to the country’s only herd of wild horses that live in the wetland close to the mouth of the Bot River. They are said to have been abandoned by a British garrison after World War II and roam the flats and river estuary as they please.
Harbour Road, a "shopping street" with an open market feel that leads down to the Kleinmond harbour, is two blocks of local crafts, gallery, wines, food and gifts.
Gravity Adventure Group specialises in adventure activities such as rafting, gekoing, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking and team-building.
Go white water rafting on the Palmiet River in winter when the water is flowing strongly after winter rains or wait until summer to go tubing when the water levels are low.
Crayfishing is strictly seasonal and with permits only that can be obtained from the local postal office.
Revitalise mind, body and soul in the serene surroundings of the Western Cape Hotel & Spa at Arabella Country Estate.
Taste sweet, locally produced honey at Immenhof Honey in Harbour Road, as well as a variety of Rooibos products.