The residents of Kleinmond are proud of their town, and they have reason to be.
This wonderful town is situated between the Palmiet Mountains, the sea, Palmiet River and the little mouth of the Bot River Lagoon. It is within a UNESCO declared biosphere which has more than 1600 fynbos species, 150 of which are endemic to the area. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is adjacent to the town.
Walking trails on the coast and in the reserve bring nature lovers to these treasures within minutes. More challenging trails take you to breath-taking views from the surrounding mountains, and sports routes take rock climbers up Kasteelkop.
Kleinmond beach has a Blue Flag status and is popular for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, fishing and walking along its endless sandy stretches. Children play in the lagoon, fish from the footbridges and watch little rowboats passing underneath them. Footpaths take you from the main beach along the rocky coast to the mouth of the Palmiet River and its caravan park. This river is good for swimming and canoeing, and in winter also for kayaking.
Rooisands Estuary Reserve is the home of South Africa’s only herd of wild horses in a wetland habitat. Southern right whales visit Kleinmond from June to November and can easily be seen from the coast.
Kleinmond is a bird watcher’s paradise, and the fish eagle’s plaintive cry is often heard in the area. At night owls, nightjars and dikkops entertain us, and in the mornings guineafowl and hadedas make sure we wake up bright and early. Regular visits by baboon troops are a source of annoyance for some, for others confirmation that we share our environment with wild animals. Rhebuck, klipspringer and tortoises are seen from time to time, and Cape otters sometimes show themselves on the rocky shore.
The harbour area with its restaurants, theatre and shops is a popular meeting place. The more actively minded can visit the 9 hole golf course, bowling green, tennis courts and jukskei pits. Kleinmond also has a new, state-of-the-art soccer field.
The town has a bustling business sector, several primary schools and active churches. There are doctors, dentists, pharmacies, workshops and hardware stores. Nearby towns have excellent hospitals. Small wonder that the town is popular with retired people!
Kleinmond’s greatest asset, however, is its people. You can expect to be greeted without fail in the streets, and that your neighbours will care about your welfare. The number of welfare organisations and clubs that are built on the participation of volunteers are proof of this. There is excellent cooperation between the Overstrand Municipality, SAPS, Ratepayers’ Association and Kleinmond Street Watch, as well as between the different communities of our town. Many volunteer organisations such as the Kleinmond Hack Group, Nature Conservation Society, Fynbos Care Centre and Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society contribute towards making Kleinmond the unique place it is.