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The Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism office will gladly assist you with a map showing all the popular Kleinmond hikes. There is also a handy publication for sale at the local shops there, aptly named 'Where to walk in Kleinmond', published by the Kleinmond Nature Conservation Society.

Here are some of our favourites :

  • The circular walk starting at Fairy Glen is a must for Fynbos lovers. It takes about 45 minutes to complete and will prove to be a very easy walk (my three- year old walked most of the roughly 3km by himself). Park your car at Fairy Glen. Walk towards the back of the picnic area where you will find the start. The trail traverses between imposing rock formations and is initially steep and rocky but eventually gives way to a more sandy and levelled out path. The views over the Palmiet river, mountains and ocean are astounding on this walk. 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 (errected 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 eyeview 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),& traverse over a stream back to your car.

  • Rooisand and a walk through Die Keel (the throat) to Sandown Bay is a route that can be adapted to suit personal taste & distance preferances and is a must for anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of Kleinmond's well known feral horses. 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, drive 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 waterlevels 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 a 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.

    Romantics claim the horses are ascendants from herds hidden by local farmers from the British during the Anglo Boer W ar, but their origin is to be found at Ysterklip: the original farm to the Kleinmond boundary. The farm owner was a prominent horse-breeder, but by the end of W orld W ar II mechanization so reduced the demand for farming horses that the stud was closed, and the remaining horses turned loose in the Kleinmond marshes. The horses are directly descended from the now ‘extinct' “Boland waperd” / old Cape horse and are thus viewed as a valuable cultural ‘relic'.

    The horses are closely monitored by interested parties and plans are underway to establish a formal “friends of the feral horses” –association.

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