Focus on Kleinmond, Western Cape, South Africa

Kleinmond lies at a small lagoon on the narrow coastal belt between fynbos-covered mountains and the Atlantic sea and forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the first and only Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

This means that the whole Hangklip - Kleinmond area is to be managed according to international principles which aim to combine conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and wise development. Kleinmond, also known as the 'commercial' capital of the Hangklip - Kleinmond area, is the most urbanized town in this area and provides most amenities.

Kleinmond has been a favourite summer-holiday destination for many farmers since 1860. Farmers from Caledon and nearby areas began making this annual pilgrimage to camp near the Palmiet lagoon and the Klein Botriver mouth, near to where the Hotel stands today. Church services were held near the Kleinmond lagoon from as early as 1902. The tree which stands there has earned the name of 'die Preek Boom' (the sermon tree). Church services are still performed there during the festive season.

Of special interest are the wild horses, roaming free in the marshlands surrounding Kleinmond. Believed to be South Africa's only herd of wild horses in a wetland habitat, you might catch a glimpse of them at the Bot River Lagoon area, next to Rooisands Nature Reserve. Be sure to look out for the rare Strawberry Frog, the endangered Cape Plantanna and the micro frog.

Whales are easily visible from May to December along the magnificent Hangklip - Kleinmond coast. Any inlet or small sheltered bay allows visitors some of the best views. Conveniently situated in the heart of the Cape floral kingdom, where sea and mountain meet, you will find a country folk favourite … Kleinmond.

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