History

.Province: Western Cape
Overberg
Coordinates;34.34°S 19.02°E
Area;7.13 km2
Municipality; Overstrand

Kleinmond is a small coastal town. The name means small mouth and this refers to the mouth of the Bot River lagoon. The town is popular with holidaymakers and the economy of the town survives on tourism. There are remains of kitchen middens dating back 1000s of years which prove the earliest inhabitants were probably Strandlopers. More evidence of this has been found in nearby mountain caves.
The Koggelberg mountains helped shape the history of Kleinmond where the seemingly impenetrable mountains were a barrier between the new Cape colony and the area. It served as a refuge for many runaway slaves, some criminals and what was left of Khoisan tribes.
In 1739 Andries Grove was granted grazing land here, but other inhabitants were few and far between. Wildlife was therefore plentiful, apparently, plenty hyenas, bontebok, buffalo, zebra and eland roamed freely in the area.

The first fishing community began in the mid-1800s with a fishing settlement at Jogensklip. This is where the Kleinmond harbour is now. In 1948 the first village management board was established and the harbour was declared as an industrial area in 1954. However, development only really took off when the roads were tarred in 1966.

The licence plate prefix in Kleinmond is CA and the postcode is 7195 (Streets and Boxes)

WEATHER IN KLEINMOND TODAY

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Things to see and do in Kleinmond:

  • A signature tree dubbed ‘Die Preekboom’ can be found on the lawns at the Kleinmond Lagoon and since 1902 it has been the meeting point for church services.
  • Snorkel in a kelp forest, at the Koggelberg biosphere 071 424 3428
  • Rent a bike and explore the Koggelberg biosphere,14 Harbour Road, 028 271-5657
  • Kleinmond Beach has Blue Flag status.

Useful Numbers

  • Police: 028 271 8200
  • Municipality: 028 271 8400
  • Traffic department:028 271 8450
  • Fire: 028 271 8450
  • Water: 028 271 8400
  • Electricity: 028 271 8400
  • Ambulance:086 106 3342 / 10777
  • Post office;028 271 3100
  • Library: Beetys bay-028 271 3100
  • Closest hospital; Private Hospital (Hermanus): 028 313 0168
  • Provincial Hospital (Hermanus): 028 313 1166
  • Kleinmond Clinic: 028 271 3310
  • Pharmacy; Kleinmond Link Pharmacy: 028 271 3320
  • SPCA: Animal Welfare Society: 083 516 5535 (after-hours emergencies) / 028 271 5004
  • Tourism Bureau: 028 271 5657
  • Schools: Laerskool Kleinmond Primary-028 271 3440
  • Town hall, Library hall, Overhills and Proteadopr halls- ; 028 271 8118
  • Tourism (0)28 271 5657[/vc_column_text]
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