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Hangklip-Kleinmond, Whale Coast

The Hangklip-Kleinmond coast lies between massive Fynbos covered mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Sublime nature is punctuated by the villages of Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, and wave-swept beaches.

This area of the Cape south coast is of such beauty and botanical significance that, in 1998, it became the first UNESCO-declared Biosphere Reserve in southern Africa.


Kleinmond

Kleinmond lies at a small lagoon at the foot of the Palmietberg. It began as a favoured holiday destination for farmers from the Elgin and Caledon districts with luxurious homes, holiday cottages and several camping and caravan sites clustered around Sandown Bay. It is the most developed town in the Hanklip-Kleinmond area and has a good infrastructure providing most conveniences.

Harbour Road has an intriguing collection of shops. The harbour has been used since the mid-nineteenth century, nowadays by small angling and pleasure boats. There are many trails in the Mountain and Coastal Nature Reserve and the lagoon is rich in bird life.

The Rooisand reserve is home to a herd of wild horses and you might spot them whilst canoeing on the lagoon or if you walk along the beach towards Fisherhaven for about an hour.

The Kasteelkop 4 x 4 trail leads to a picnic area that offers magnificent views of the sea, mountains and town. White water rafting, tubing and canoeing are also popular activities and can be done on the Palmiet River all year round.


Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay, named after the daughter of a property developer, was originally the site of a whaling station that operated until 1930. Part of the stations jetty as well as the ramp on which carcasses were winched ashore can be seen from Stony Point. Stony Point is home to a colony of Jackass Penguins, one of two shore based breeding colonies in Southern Africa.

A ribbon of holiday homes is strung along the coast with the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens stretching up the foothills of the Kogelberg mountains behind them.

There are superb beaches, rock pools teeming with marine life, tranquil lakes and quiet paths through the fynbos. The Betty's Bay and Silversands beaches are popular among surfers, holidaymakers and walkers. The dunes at Silversands are perfect for sandboarding.


Pringle Bay

Pringle Bay is situated between the mouth of the Buffels River and a small peninsula called the The Point. This little village was meant to be developed as a port so that farm produce could be shipped across False Bay to Simons Town.

Famous for the cave "Drostersgat" - Deserters Cave, Pringle Bay still basks in its isolation. Here nature and tranquility are enjoyed and nurtured by its many creative inhabitants.

Beautiful sunsets over False Bay and the tranquil isolation of Pringle Bay's quaint village are two of the main reasons for visitors to return each year.

Pringle Bay hosts a Craft Market the first Saturday morning of each month. The beach is popular with bodysurfers and the rocks along the shoreline ideal for fishing. Keep your eyes open for the baboons, the Cape Clawless otter and rare birds. Chacma baboons living in the Biosphere area have the "right of way" when crossing roads and it is advisable to drive carefully when you encounter a troop.


Rooiels

Rooiels is a picturesque area with a rocky shoreline and small beaches offering dramatic views across False Bay to the Cape Peninsula. This is a real getaway-from-it-all spot with a cosy beach for swimming, rocks for fishing from and walks and trails through rich, natural beauty. Evidence of settlements by the Khoekhoe people and runaway slaves who took refuge in caves are still visible in caves on the nearby mountain slopes.

Take your binoculars and go bird watching in the Rooiels area where you can see the Cape Rock Jumper, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugardbird and the Verreaux's Eagle, to name a few. Discover the natural wonders of the Kogelberg Biosphere with the Rooiels Biosphere Eco-Centre.