The quaint coastal town of Kleinmond, meaning “small mouth”, received its name from its location at the small mouth of the Bot River Lagoon, about an hours’ drive from Cape Town. Set within the unique Koegelberg Biosphere Reserve, Kleinmond is a peaceful little village endowed with some of the coast’s most natural beauty.
The Reserve supports over 1600 species of fynbos, 150 of which are endemic to Kleinmond and it also features three areas of ancient indigenous forest which provides nature lovers with numerous secluded mountain biking, hiking and walking trails. Kleinmond has become a popular choice for holiday makers looking for an escape in nature.
The town also boasts a blue flag beach and a lagoon ideal for watersports from canoeing and boating to swimming, plus this coastline is famous for spotting Southern Right Whales in winter and large numbers of lobsters in summer!
Kleinmond is a little piece of paradise, but don’t forget to visit the quaint shops, art gallery, pottery and crafts, interior stores, and seafood restaurants that serve fresh fish and sushi.
Kleinmond has a wide variety of accommodation options available from B&B’s and Guest Houses to self-catering cottages and camping.
Things to do and see
- Clarence Drive Scenic Route
- Hangklip Lighthouse
- Highlands Hiking Trail
- Leopard’s Gorge Hiking Trail
- Three Sisters Walk
- Palmiet River Trail
- Kleinmond Beach
- Kleinmond Lagoon
- Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
- Kleinmond Toy Museum
- Bee & Kie Honey Factory
- Kleinmond Golf Course
- The Whale Coast Route
Kleinmond receives approximately 643 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during Winter.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 19˚C.
Coastal dwellers, known as the Strandlopers, were most likely the first inhabitants in the area. Significant evidence of their presence such as fish traps and kitchen middens has been found in mountain caves along the beaches between Kleinmond and Hawston.
The Koelberg Mountains have played a huge part in shaping the history of the area, they served as a barrier when the rest of the Cape was being colonised. It served as a hiding spot for many runaway slaves, criminals and the remnants of the Khoisan tribes.
Andries Grove was granted a grazing farm here in 1739, but the area remained very much uninhabited. It was only in the mid 1800’s that the Kleinmond area became a small village when a small fishing community took up residence at Jogensklip, which today is the small fishing harbour in Kleinmond. It was soon after this that the area became a well-known holiday spot.
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