Kleinmond

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Kleinmond
Kleinmond as seen from the surrounding mountains
Kleinmond as seen from the surrounding mountains
Kleinmond is located in South Africa
Kleinmond
Kleinmond
 Kleinmond shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°20′S 19°01′E / 34.34°S 19.02°E / -34.34; 19.02Coordinates: 34°20′S 19°01′E / 34.34°S 19.02°E / -34.34; 19.02
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
Area[1]
 • Total 7.13 km2 (2.75 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,634
 • Density 930/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 34.8%
 • Coloured 27.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 36.3%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 60.1%
 • Xhosa 25.5%
 • English 7.6%
 • Sotho 3.2%
 • Other 3.5%
Postal code (street) 7195
PO box 7195
Area code 028

Kleinmond is a small coastal town in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province, South Africa. It is situated inside a UNESCO-declared Biosphere about 90 km east of Cape Town between Betty's Bay and Hermanus. The town's name, meaning "small mouth" in Afrikaans, refers to its location at the mouth of the Bot River lagoon. Tourism plays a large role in the town's economy due to the its popularity with holiday makers from across the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular.

From June to November, Southern Right Whales can be seen from the coastline, where they come to mate and calf.[2]

A herd of wild horses is known to roam free in the marshlands at the Bot River lagoon area,[3] next to Rooisands Nature Reserve. They are believed to be South Africa's only herd of wild horses in a wetland habitat. Kleinmond's beach is a Blue Flag beach and is popular with South African holiday makers.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kleinmond". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kleinmond". icon. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kleinmond". Overberg.co.za. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kleinmond beach, Beach located in Western Cape". Blue Flag. Retrieved February 16, 2012.