Take a journey back to nature, a break that revitalizes body, mind and soul from the time you head out on the R44 from Gordon’s Bay.
This coastal drive is rated as one of the most beautiful in the world, with sites of great granite mountains carpeted in proteas on the one side and the magnificent sea on the other. Here, nestle the four coastal villages of Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond, with not a casino, cinema or traffic light between them.
Kleinmond is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and surrounded by the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (containing 1 400 species of fynbos) which is the first Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). There are over 1500 different plant species here, 150 of which are endemic, occurring nowhere else in the world. There are troops of shaggy Chacma baboons, rock dassies and lynx, and even wild leopard live on the crags. Bird watchers from all over the world flock here to tick off ‘lifers’ such as the Bank Cormorant and Cape Rockjumpers..
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Kleinmond is easily accessed via the N2 from Cape Town (one hours drive) or via the scenic coastal Clarence Drive route from Gordon’s Bay The population of the town numbers approximately 5 200 residents, swelling to plus – minus 10 000 during peak season. Numerous shops and a primary and junior school ensure that there is very little need to spend your time traveling. 20 minutes away in the neighboring town of Hermanus there are junior and high schools both private and government plus a private hospital.
LEISURE, SPORT & TOURISM
Kleinmond has small fishing harbour surrounded by a wide selection of restaurants. Beautiful clean swimming beaches which are also ideal for fishing and surfing. There are active golf, tennis and bowling clubs. Extra accommodation in the form of 2 municipal caravan parks is also available. Nature lovers flock Kleinmond to because of the glorious hiking trails. From May to December the magnificent view of the Southern Right and Humpback whales is extremely common as they come close to the shoreline to calve and nurse their young. Kleinmond is also famous for its herd of wild horse, which roam freely around the marshlands surrounding Kleinmond.
HISTORY AND CULTURE
Kleinmond named after the small lagoon mouth at the sandy beach of Sundown Bay, offers much in the adventure category. You can hike in the reserve, track down the mysterious wild horses or spot spoonbills and a spectacle of wetland birds near the lagoon. You can rough it on a short 4x4 road or go white water rafting, tubing or canoeing on the Palmiet River. You can try freshly prepared seafood, including abelone and oysters-in Kleinmond’s Harbour Road and afterwards you can explore the quaint shops or enjoy wine or honey tasting.
WORK BEGINS ON KLEINMOND HARBOUR UPGRADE
PGP markets residential opportunities in “Harbour Road” development
Work has begun on the long-awaited upgrade of Kleinmond’s scenic harbour – and buyers wishing to be part of this bustling and character-filled precinct have the opportunity to purchase an affordably-priced apartment, right on the harbour’s edge. Pam Golding Properties (PGP) is marketing five completed units in “Harbour Road” at just R1.2 million, inclusive of VAT. The town lies on the Cape’s Whale Coast, between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus.
PGP’s manager for the development, Louise Varga, says the harbour upgrade is the latest phase in a lengthy, multi-levelled development plan for the area, which has already seen the retail area around the harbour extended and upgraded, as well as the initial residential component being built. All five of the completed units are already in demand for holiday rentals, and it is anticipated that additional residential phases will be developed in the future, up to a maximum of 30 units per phase. “These 58sqm sectional title apartments are the ideal spot for a weekend getaway from Cape Town,” she says, “being just an hour’s drive from the city, with a spectacular sea-front setting, mountain views, and a bustling retail element alongside which offers restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and boutiques to explore. The harbour upgrade will further enhance the experience by creating improved facilities which will benefit both holiday-makers/water-sports enthusiasts and the local community.”
The Kleinmond harbour was built around 1940 and enjoyed its heyday during the fishing boom of the 1970’s, but had fallen into disrepair in the ensuing years. Now it is receiving a new lease on life, as developers Wharfside Developments Kleinmond oversee the repair of all breakwaters, dredging of the harbour bowl and upgrade of pedestrian access, as well as building a new jetty and stabilising the harbour walls. Two garages are being equipped for the NSRI and other emergency equipment, while the fish-scaling tables are being upgraded to be more user-friendly for fishermen and the fish-buying public alike.
“These upgrades are being carried out with immense respect for the heritage value of the harbour and its existing buildings,” says Varga, “and will have a very positive impact on the local community and especially the families who make their living from the sea. An environmental oversight specialist is also ensuring that all work is carried out with due respect for the surrounding environment.”
To view the residential apartments, or for more information, contact PGP agent Lise Götz on 028 271 3423, 083 609 7215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit PGP’s dedicated sales office in the Harbour Road development.