Area Attractions


Area Attractions

Kleinmond forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and the Kleinmond coastline is exceptional in its range of coastal habitats and marine flora and fauna mostly due to the contrasting influences of the warm Agulhas and cold Benguela currents, which drive productivity and biodiversity along the coast. Be rejuvenated by the clean unpolluted healthy sea air often described as "champaigne air" with "an extra molecule of oxygen"!

Sandy beaches, rocky reefs, rivers and estuaries abound to provide hours of exploring and relaxing. Kleinmond boasts two sandy beaches. Sandown beach – or Kleinmond main beach – is a short 300 meter stroll away from your accommodation and was rewarded with Blue Flag status since 2011. It provides safe swimming with lifeguards on duty for most of the year. Also on the main beach are a shallow lagoon popular with kids and a restaurant with open deck – perfect for sundowners. Next to the lagoon is a picnic area under the milkwood trees with kiddies playpark and small boats for hire to paddle around on the lagoon or view the feral horses resident at the Kleinmond marshes. Surfing is often good at the point.

Kelp forests and large intertidal rock pools (40 meters from Die Rotse Host House & Self-catering) provide food and safety for fish and other marine animals – a natural and safe "swimming pool" where kids can learn about the sea and the beautiful eco-system of living sea organisms. This is where the "1st fish you catch, catches you" applies.

The coastline offers rock and surf angling, snorkel diving, kayak fishing, spear fishing and catching West Coast Lobster (crayfish) subject to local fishing regulations. Permits can be obtained from the local post office. The area also offers various safe slipway's and harbours for easy access to the ocean by small boat.

Kleinmond is part of the Cape Whale Coast – the playground and breeding zone of the ocean giants, namely the Southern Right Whales, which you can observe close-up from many vantage points, including your balcony or patio at Die Rotse Host House & Self-catering during the months of June to November. Sightings vary between tell-tale "blows" of mist, to courtship displays and spectacular breaching whales. Dolphins can be seen surfing the waves throughout the year.

Nearby Betty's Bay is home to one of only three mainland breeding colonies of African Penguins in South Africa at Stony Point, also the site of an old whaling station of which today only the ruins may be seen. The site has been declared a Nature Reserve and visitors are urged to keep to the convenient wooden boardwalk when observing penguins, Cape Cormorant, the rare African Black Oystercatcher and other sea birds in their natural habitat.

Visit the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty's Bay to discover thousands of plant species found nowhere else on earth. The garden encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with indigenous forests, marches, wetlands vibrant with restios and seasonal bulbs and even includes a dunescape with specialised salt-adapted plants. The expansive garden is ideal for hiking in the nearly 200 hectare natural estate and caters to the whole family – enjoy leisurely strolls and picnics at the waterfalls, amber pools and manicured lawn and gardens within the 10-hectare cultivated section.

Outdoor enthusiasts will get the adrenaline pumping with a myriad of activities including sand-boarding, white water kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling and bouldering, more than 20 defined hikes and walks in Kleinmond and 26 kilometer mountain bike trail in the heart of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve.

Various Wine Estates can be found in the beautiful landscape of the area with the wine farms in Bot River or the Hemel-and-Aarde Valley in Hermanus in near proximity.

More than 8 Golf courses are situated within an hour's drive from Kleinmond with Kleinmond's golf course in perfect golfing terrain at the foot of the Kogelberg mountain. Visitors are welcome to the 10-hole course which measures 5,761 meters and boasts a SAGU rating of 70. Arabella golf course at the Arabella Country Estate – 5 minutes drive from Kleinmond – has been voted the number 1 golf course in the Western Cape. The 18-hole championship course has won numerous awards and hosted the Nelson Mandela invitational for several years.

Kleinmond offers a wide selection of restaurants with the nightlife centered around famous Harbour Road (2.5 kilometers from Die Rotse Host House & Self-catering), where you will find a variety of eateries with sushi, local fish and chips, or pizza with your cocktail to ease the sun over the ocean.

A Bit of History

The discovery of stone axes and other implements dating back 20,000 years proves the habitation of the coastline around Kleinmond for thousands of years.

Modern history dates back to 1739 when the original farm – roughly where Kleinmond is situated – was granted to Andries Grove as grazing land. Little development occurred until the farm Lamloch was subdivided, and the portion where Kleinmond is situated was bought by the Kaplan brothers c1910. The township subdivision was registered shortly thereafter.

Erf 4624, now Die Rotse Host House & Self-catering, was purchased by the family of the current owner in 1918 and has been in the family of your hosts, Werner & Lorraine Pauw, since then.

"According to my mother, she could remember that the family came via train from Paarl to Bot River and then by ox wagon to Kleinmond where they stayed in tents for the whole summer holiday since 1896. Initially they had camped on the plot where the house was built around 1920" – Werner Pauw.

Adding to the historical value of Die Rotse Host House & Self-catering is the ambience of the entire street as there are similar properties on both sides – most of which have been developed and have single storey, free-standing homes. Although substantially altered since they were built in the 1920's, the forms of the buildings have remained unchanged and the streetscape not only contributes to the local seaside cultural landscape, but may possibly be the last remaining intact historical coastal stretch in Kleinmond.

In order to preserve the historical value of Die Rotse Host House & Self-catering as a listed property in the SA Heritage Register, and to include two modern holiday apartments in a sustainable manner, all building and renovations were done according to guidence by the Overstrand Heritage Commitee.

Your Hosts

Werner & Lorraine Pauw
Phone.  +27 (0)28 271 3347
Fax.  +27 (0)28 271 3347
Mobile.  +27 (0)82 441 4270
Mail.  werner@dierotse.co.za
18 Beach Road
Kleinmond 7195
Western Cape, South Africa
(main entrance: No 7 1st Avenue)
GPS – Beach Road.
S 34 20.629 E 19 2.038
34°20'37.74"S 19°2'2.28"E
GPS – First Avenue.
S 34 20.597 E 19 2.036
34°20'35.82"S 19°2'2.15"E

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