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Kleinmond – a Home away from Home

Our holiday home in Kleinmond was built by my late grandfather with his bare hands, brick by brick, and it’s my sanctuary, my hiding spot. 27 years later and I had no idea that just down the road were wild horses roaming the fields! I had to explore the town of Kleinmond, and properlyHere are some things to do in the area:

Kleinmond directly translated from Afrikaans to English is ‘small mouth‘. This is because the famous Small Bot River runs through Kleinmond and to the Palmiet Lagoon.

img_6875As a kid I would be in that lagoon the whole day, or canoeing (which you can still do) and playing in the park. That tap is still there at that same park.

Unfortunately, today you can’t swim in the lagoon but I can tell you that everytime I come to Kleinmond I am surprisingly finding more things to do here, and it always brings me back to that feeling of home.

 

To get there, take the scenic route on Clarence Drive.

My absolute favorite drive in Cape Town! Take the N2, the Hermanus/Kleinmond turn-off, go through Gordon’s Bay and pass Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Hangklip and Betty’s Bay. Further on past Kleinmond is Fisherhaven (lots of caravan parks there and accommodation) and Hermanus.  IMG_6777.jpg

OR take Sir Lowry’s Pass and eat at the Houwhoek Coffee and Art Shop

I only come here because they have the best homemade pies in Town! Just take the N2 road and keep going straight onto Sir Lowry’s Road.

Visit the Wild Horses roaming the fields

Here’s the link on Google Maps. Take that road and the horses will be to your right. They are not too far down the road. If you have an SUV then even better. I wasn’t sure what to expect as we weren’t quite sure how to get to them without getting too close. I decided to stop on the side of the gravel road and just politely venture into the bushes. The sound of silence was so peaceful, I could’ve stayed there all day. The horses politely posed for us!

Apparently there used to be around 60 horses living here…I counted 13.

Explore the Rooisand Nature Reserve/ Bot River Estuary

If you follow the gravel road you will eventually reach a parking spot and you can walk over the bridge to viewing sites etc. Kogelberg Nature Reserve is amazing to explore and hike. You can stay in Oudebosch Eco Cabins.

 

Shark-spotting and whale-watching

Don’t forget your binoculars 🙂 You can spot sharks on Clarence Drive and whale season is from June – November in Kleinmond and especially Hermanus.

 

Horse-riding

You can go horse-riding at the Equestrian Centre Overstrand Horse Rides (Google Maps).

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Eat at the restaurants in Kleinmond harbour

Many spots to choose from with the best ocean view.

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Outdoor Activities with Specialized Adventure

For some quad-biking, sand-boarding, river-rafting, night walks and more, check out Specialized Adventure. Bookings are essential.

 

Fishing on the rocks

I remember my Nonno (grandfather) catching mussels, lobsters and snoek as his ultimate hobbie and always came up with the best seafood meals. Unfortunately he passed away before he could teach me how to fish so I have put a link to a guide on the best fishing spots in the Overstrand.

There’s a tackle shop in Spar Shopping Centre, Kleinmond.

 

Visit the Stony Point Penquin Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay

This is a must-see, only 15 min drive away from Kleinmond. Entry fee is R20 -adults and R10 – kids.

 

Play Golf or join a local club

There are many social clubs around the area such as bird-watching, book clubs and even support and Christian groups.

The Arabella Hotel and Spa is just past the wild horses area and I have heard it is beyond amazing to stay there and play a bit of golf.

Stay at the various Caravan Parks and Holiday Resorts

There is a holiday resort right near Kleinmond Beach (lagoon side) as well as many self-catering beautiful holiday homes to rent, some right next to the beach!

 

So if you’re ever in need of a break that’s not too far away from home accompanied with the beach and wild horses…explore the Overstrand. There’s SO much beauty in the Western Cape!

 

To more horse-stalking,

Nikita xxx

 

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