If you're a resident or even an annual visitor to Gansbaai, you’ve probably noticed a tortoise or two crossing the road...
Driving along the Whale Coast Route you’ll pass the peaceful coastal towns which have made this such a popular holiday destination and just before you turn onto the R43 to head to Hermanus, you’ll find Kleinmond. This busy little town is well-known for its prolific biodiversity.
Here are 10 facts you might not know about Kleinmond:
- Kleinmond falls under the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
- The first sign of community was only seen in the mid-1800s in the Kleinmond area.
- The Kleinmond Lagoon and beach is a popular spot for holiday-makers to lounge on the beach, play in the shallow waters and canoe down the lagoon.
- Next to the Lagoon, you can find the famous Preekboom which served a s a meeting point for churches in the early 1900s.
- On the Hermanus side of Kleinmond, you’ll find the Rooisand Nature Reserve where wild horses roam free.
- Kleinmond holds 2 golf courses – one located at the foot of the Kogelberg Mountains and the other at Arabella Hotel & Spa.
- The Kleinmond Harbour was declared an industrial area in 1954.
- Development and infrastructure in Kleinmond only really took off in 1966 when tar roads and municipal buildings were built.
- Kleinmond is home to the Palmiet River which is popular for river rafting and tubing.
- According to the tales of William Paterson, this area still saw bontebok, buffalo, zebra and eland roam around freely in the early 1700s.