The Kleinmond- Hangklip coastal area including of Betty’s Bay, Hangklip, Pringle Bay and Rooi Els has the unique status of being situated in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve which was the first UNESCO designated biosphere reserve in South Africa. Biosphere reserves are tasked with becoming role-models of sustainability and demonstrate the balance between people and the environment to the benefit of both.
The Fynbos Festival with its green living expo, market stalls and crafts, walks and tours takes place in December and showcases the dynamic cultural and environmental abundance of Kleinmond and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
The Arabella Hotel and Spa has put Kleinmond on the map as this luxury holiday resort and exclusive golf estate, attracts guests from around the world. The hotel and its 18-hole championship golf course, ranked number one in the Western Cape, lie within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and overlook the Bot River estuary which is the largest natural estuary in South Africa.
The Hanklip-Kleinmond region has a permanent residential population of 13 000, with less than 4 000 of these residents living in the sparsely populated Hangklip area. This figure swells to 40 000 during peak holiday season with beaches, restaurants, guesthouses and hotels packed to capacity. Kleinmond has established itself as an attractive sporting venue with the annual TotalSports challenge in January and Big Blue festival end February being highlighted summer events.
Kleinmond has a police station with a satellite station planned for Betty’s Bay. There is a library in Betty’s Bay and one in Kleinmond. There are two government primary schools in Kleinmond as well as two private schools both of which cater for high school learners. Pringle Bay also has a private school. The Mthinkhulu Village in the centre of Kleinmond provides a wide range of skills development programmes for the community and hosts a branch of Boland College, a Further Education and Training Centre.
Kleinmond has an active harbour and many commercial fishermen make their living along the Hangklip coastline. Whether it’s hiking in the biosphere reserve with its 1 800 floral species, a visit to the Stony Point penguin colony, a tour of the Biosphere Eco-Centre in Rooiels, a picnic in the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, shopping and sundowners in Kleinmond’s quaint Harbour Road, a day on the beach with family and friends, or a fleeting glimpse of the heard of wild horses roaming the dunes, eco-tourism is quite definitely the economic life-blood of this scenically magnificent and environmentally sensitive area of the Overstrand.