Kleinmond - Cape Town
Kleinmond Lagoon running into the sea.
Kleinmond meaning small mouth is a growing town on the the southern coastline of the Western Cape.
It is bounded to the east by the mouth of the Bot river which forms a large lagoon and on its western side by the mouth of the Palmiet River.
The Botriver lagoon has a small stream running from it behind the sand dunes that form a barrier between the sea and the mountains
and which empties itself into the sea near the Kleinmond village. It is this small mouthed river which gives the town its name.
Approaching Kleinmond from the east the coastline consists of a mountain range on the northern
side of the road and a strip of land with the small river and some small lagoons where the river has dammed up.
On the sea side of the sand dunes is a pristine white beach.
Arriving in Kleinmond on our right is the Klein Botriver
lagoon which enters the sea near the Kleinmond Hotel.
The mouth is not always open and the water dams up especially
during the summer months.
When the winter storms lash the area and the river fills up it
opens the mouth which then becomes tidal.
The sea at the mouth becomes very dangerous as there are fierce
currents which can drag an unsuspecting person into the sharp
rocks found under the water a short way off the beach.
These rocks are where fishermen come to fish. There are a number
of spots where the local delicacy “The Galjoen” bite.
It is not a fish that one can buy anymore as they are on the
endangered list. Anglers are only able to catch a few fish
each day for their own use.
Kleinmond and the area from the Botriver Lagoon to Cape Hangklip
in the west have being declared the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
This means that the area has to be developed in terms of
international standards with as little disruption to the
natural environment as possible. The reason being that there are a number of natural resources in the area which
Firstly there is a herd of wild horses which roam the marshlands
around the lagoons. Apparently the only wild herd in South Africa
that roam a wetland area.
A number of endangered frogs also live here, they are the Cape Platanna
and the Cape Strawberry frog. I've never seen one but must be a red frog to be named after a strawberry.
Kleinmond Lagoon looking eastwards
The town of Kleinmond dates back to the 1860's when farmers from the
Caledon area used to visit the area for their holidays.
There are two campsites in the region and one is found near
the entrance to Kleinmond from the east. The other one is
on the western side near the residential village of Palmiet
which is a suburb of Kleinmond at the mouth of the Palmiet river.
Near the eastern entrance to the town in the campsite is a very old tree which is
called “ Die Preek Boom” the preaching tree. It is here that
the farmers held services from about 1906 on Sundays when
they were camping in the area. Funnily enough services are still held there today during
the holiday season. It appears “Old habits Die Hard!”
Kleinmond is the hub of the area being the commercial centre and is growing at pace.
A number of shopping centres have sprung up and sell anything from building materials to food and liquor.
The coastline between Palmiet river mouth where there is a lagoon and the hotel at Kleinmond is
very rocky and makes for good fishing in all the little gullies where fish hideout.
The beach around the mouth of the palmiet river is and white.
The Palmiet river is quite an important river in the area as
it starts in the mountains above Grabouw, and is dammed downstream
at two or three places to supply water to the apple
farmers in the region.
As one drives futher west towards False Bay one has to cross
the Palmiet River. Under the bridge are a couple of small
cliffs where people dive off into deep water. Higher upstream
there is also a section of river where white water rafting
is carried out.
Kleinmond is well worth a visit especially for those who
love nature. There are many walks where one can get to grips
with the Fynbos that grows there.
There are many species of protea and heather growing in
the wild. When the flowers come into bloom in early
Spring the mountains turn into one big flower garden.
Last but not least, from June to December the whole coastline
is home to the Southern Right whales.
Good viewing spots exist all along the coastline and especially
near the hotel where the whales come close inshore.
Why not come and explore the area for yourself, you
will be glad you did.
Email : Geoff Fairman
6 Bothma Street, Monte Vista 7460 South Africa
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Page updated 31.5.2015