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Nature Walk along the Kleinmond Coastal Walkway (2019-04-07) Nature and Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 25 MAR 2020

Kleinmond is another one of those easy to love little coastal towns in the Overberg district, family friendly and perfect for tourist beach getaways. It also happens to be home to a very gentle, short but very scenic coastal walkway, which takes you all the way from the small Kleinmond harbour to the main Kleinmond beach.

The sandy route is about 2.5 km in length, and winds through the granite and fynbos that are emblematic for much of the Overberg’s gorgeous coastline scene, offering up spectacular views of the ocean and the surrounding peninsulas while you are at it.

For this particular stroll I somehow managed to convince Jessica to join me and so the two of us donned our hats, hopped into the car and enjoyed the scenic Clarence Drive trip, before finding a spot at the bustling Kleinmond harbour area and heading off up the rocky stairs that signal the start of the walkway.

The path is simple to follow and didn’t given us much difficulty, other than Jessica stepping into a bit of mud and then being utterly distraught over her now dirty school shoes. (They wear white takkies – i.e. trainers – at Gordon’s Bay Primary School).

Having successfully reached the beach (at the mouth of the Kleinmond lagoon), we decided to first grab a cooldrink from the popular Sandown Blues restaurant, before finally opting to head back via the streets (which takes you past the one time beach house of historic Afrikaans scholar and novelist DF Malherbe) – primarily because Jessica didn’t want to risk any more mud on her now not so white takkies!

Oh, and as if that wasn’t quite enough, she then wanted soft serve ice cream as a reward when we got back to the harbour. (Hmm, I am beginning to suspect that maybe she’s not joining my walks for the actual walking!)

In any event, a great little morning distraction that let us stretch our legs, take in some fresh sea air, and bathe in glorious warm sunlight. Not bad, not bad.

Tackling Kleinmond’s Coastal Walkway (2016-08-20) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 28 AUG 2016

The Kleinmond area is literally littered with fantastic hikes and coastal walkways, giving plenty of different views of the magnificent combination of sea, fynbos and of course the Kogelberg mountains that frame the area.

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We were enjoying a nice impromptu afternoon out in the fishing/tourist village of Kleinmond, and following our lunch at the Boathouse and then stroll around the small harbour, the girls next decided to scurry over to the start of the short boardwalk (accessible from the harbour) that leads to the old ‘kerkgrot’ (‘church cave’), essentially an overhang that used to pass for a spiritual meeting place back in the day.

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The lure of the adjacent steep stone steps was more than strong enough to entice Jessica to head straight for the top, which then of course meant that Emily just had to follow – in other words, now with absolutely no choice in the matter whatsoever, mommy and daddy had to follow suite!

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Although we didn’t follow the path very far (Emily is still short of 3 after all), we were rewarded with spectacular views of both fynbos, the ocean and the mountain, and to be honest, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making my way back here for a proper walk once the girls are slightly older.

(Sadly, no Southern Right Whales were spotted on the day though…)

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In other words, yet another great reason to pull into Kleinmond the next time you find yourself taking a road trip down the coastal R44!

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Wandering about Kleinmond’s Small Harbour (2016-08-20) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 26 AUG 2016

After enjoying some delicious fish and chips from the nearby Boathouse restaurant in Kleinmond, Chantelle, the girls and I next sauntered down the road to the tiny Kleinmond harbour, to get a better look at this picturesque little spot.

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The Kleinmond harbour was built around 1940 and enjoyed its heyday during the fishing boom of the 1970s, but had fallen into disrepair in the ensuing years. Although never really losing popularity with local fisherman, the harbour is now receiving a new lease on life, as a massive 2014 project saw developers repair the breakwaters, dredge the harbour bowl and upgrade pedestrian access.

A new jetty was installed, while existing harbour walls were all stabilized, and garages equipped for the NSRI and other emergency equipment erected. Oh, and the fish-scaling tables also received an upgrade.

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The result has been a resounding success in turning this new Whale Coast waterfront area into a big tourist attraction for the little coastal town, with the Harbour Road area (as it is now known), becoming quite the little hub of great restaurants and shopping opportunities.

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Fishermen we are not, but nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed strolling down the slipway and walking along the jetty, admiring the breathtaking ocean and mountain view while watching some locals attempting to pull in some fish using hand lines.

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Definitely a case of property developers spending money the right way!

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Related Link: Harbour Road

Fish and Chips at The Boathouse Restaurant in Kleinmond (2016-08-20) Food and Drink | Photo Gallery 24 AUG 2016

Chantelle and I decided to make an impromptu afternoon trip out to Kleinmond with the kids, making our way past Rooi Els, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay via the beautiful coastal route that is Clarence Drive.

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After a bit of driving about and looking at all the houses that make up this small coastal town (including the famous – or perhaps infamous – Western Province rugby supporters’ home that is literally decked out from top to bottom in blue, white and disas!), we next headed down to the popular tourist spot that is Harbour Road, opting to grab a bite to eat from The Boathouse Restaurant – pretty much because the girls were ready to rebel if they didn’t get ice cream right that moment!

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Reminiscent of old fishing villages dotted along the southern US coastline, Harbour Road is actually a pretty nice, albeit tiny, waterfront development that puts together a great mix of tourist friendly, colourful shops and restaurants pretty much down a single road, with everything clustered around Kleinmond’s popular fisherman harbour.

Mountain peaks behind you, ocean to the front – it really is a beautiful location to sit and enjoy a beer in!

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With her face still freshly painted following Courtney’s birthday party in the morning, Jessica selected which seats we were to sit in (she chose an outside table with a comfy couch at the side), and after ordering some ice cream for the girls, Chantelle and I got down to the hard business of selecting what we ourselves actually wanted for lunch.

As it turns out, fish and chips at the Boathouse is a great choice!

(Also, the surprisingly named Sxollie Cider happens to be quite nice as well. Go figure.)

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Not a bad way to start an afternoon that would still see us take a stroll around the small harbour area, as well as brave a small section of the neat coastal walkway!

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Related Link: The Boathouse | Harbour Road