Kleinmond

 

Maps for hiking in the Kleinmond area can be obtained at the Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism office or you can buy the 'Where to walk in Kleinmond' (published by the Kleinmond Nature Conservation Society)in one of the local shops.Below are examples of some of the many walks/hikes.

 

 

The circular walk (easy approximately 45 minutes, 3 km)

 

The views over the Palmiet river, mountains and ocean are astounding on this walk and a must for Fynbos lovers. Start at Fairy Glen (at the back of the picnic area) and a must for Fynbos lovers. The trail traverses between imposing rock formations and is initially steep and rocky but eventually gives way to a more sandy and leveled out path. After a sharp turn to the left you will find a turn-off to Kasteelkop (8km hike) to the right. Ignore this path, continue along until you find a stream with fresh & drinkable water. You might be lucky to spot some Disa's around December. Cross the stream, continue along and cross a second stream along its breakwall (erected in the Fifties to monitor the river's flow). The path will eventually take you to the top of the ridge from where you will have a bird's eye view over the main road to Betty's Bay and the 1000m high Platberg (flat mountain). There is always running water here which results in moist conditions ideal for frogs, birds and a wealth of flowers all year round. Various kinds of Restio, Ericas, Berzelia & Leucospernum are found along the way. Here you will find a turn-off to the Klipspringer path (12km hike) Ignore the turn-off and amble along until the road forks. Take either one as they will shortly join up again. (The left fork provides a more scenic option with a view of the waterfall). Watch out for snakes & keep to the path. Puffadders & Bergadders are common here. Cross the dirt road and follow the path down to Feetjiesbos (fairy forest) with it's ancient indigenous trees. Take the path out of the little forest, turn left at the pumpstation (provides Kleinmond's water from the Palmiet river) and traverse over a stream back to your car.

 

 

Rooisand and a walk through Die Keelto Sandown Bay (adaptable route)

 

This hike is a must for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Kleinmond's well known feral horses. This route can be adapted to suit personal taste and distance preferences.

 

The Rooisand area could be reached by walking along the sandy beach from Kleinmond's beachfront, but an interesting alternative would be to drive out of Kleinmond towards Arabella and past Lamloch farm (located on the left). A few hundred meters after a bend in the road you will find a rather hidden dirt road turning to the right. This is the road to Rooisand and provides the only public access to the Bot River Vlei from Kleinmond's side. The road is very bumpy at places and leads to a small parking area 2km down the road at the lake's edge. This is birdwatchers paradise. Head towards a path to the right which traverses the dunes leading to Die Keel (the throat). The Bot River vlei is permanently blind, but during the wetter winter months, the lake is naturally swollen by water inflow and then overflows through the narrow passage of Die Keel to the Kleinmond marshes. Expect some waist deep wading if the water levels are high. Be prepared to carry your gear above your head but do not fear, the route was regularly waded without mishap by small children in the past. The route is dry during summer.

 

Watch out for tortoises, frogs, birds, lynxes, feral horses and even relics of early stone age occupants! The dunes finally make way for the splendour of Sandown Bay with magical views all the way to Table Mountain. The beach is rather deserted and beautiful shells can be found here. You might spot the rare and endangered African Black Oystercatcher. Once on the beach you can walk in an easterly direction and soon you will yourself on the beaches of Hawston near Hermanus. Keep an eye out for whales from July to September. Alternatively you can walk the other way towards Kleinmond's beach and campsite and then walk/wade through the Kleinmond marshes to Die Keel and back to your car.

 

The only herd of feral horses in South Africa reside at Rooisand and roam around the marshes near the shores of the Bot River Vlei. The horses are easily spotted during walks or canoe trips along the lagoon. They do not flee from humans but might behave unpredictably if alarmed and should be approached with caution.

 

 

Click on links below for hikes in other towns. 

 

Hikes in Pringle Bay

 

Hikes in Betty's Bay

 

Hikes in Gordon's Bay

 

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