Get up close and personal with the most feared predator of the ocean, the Great White Shark. Provided with a wetsuit and mask you are lowered into a steel cage that protects you as you hold your breath and submerge yourself in shark-infested waters. Under the water you may get to appreciate the beauty and grace of these creatures that are so perfectly adapted to their environment – as well as marvel at the size of their teeth! The most unpleasant part of the excursion is the seasickness many people suffer – to really enjoy great white shark cage diving, we recommend you pack some motion-sickness pills.
8 km off the Whale Coast is Dyer Island and the rocky outcrop of Geyser Rock, both proclaimed nature reserves. Dyer Island is a bird sanctuary and home to more than 10 000 indigenous seabirds, including thousands of African Penguins. These comical creatures with their earnest expressions have been under threat for many years, due mostly to the removal of guano from their habitats. African Penguins usually burrow into the guano to protect themselves and their young from the elements and natural predators. Conservationists are now providing artificial “burrows” for the penguins and you too can now sponsor a”penguin home” and protect at least one more penguin family from extinction. Nearby Geyser Rock is home to a Cape Fur Seal colony of more than 50 000 (pretty smelly) seals. The two small islands are separated by “Shark Alley”, so called because of the many Great White Sharks who frequent it. A Great White Shark’s favourite snack is Cape Fur Seal. Although you can’t land on either protected island, boat trips to Dyer Island will give you the opportunity to see the seals, penguins and other seabirds in their natural habitat ,Dolphins, Great White Sharks and whales in season are also often spotted on these trips.
River rafting on Palmiet River
Organized tours down the Palmietriver. This can be a great adventure through the Fynbos covered mountains of the Kogelberg NatureReserve.
There is a few local surf spots in Kleinmond for those who would like to venture out or else if you desire a beach, it is available every day of the week. Atlantic Ocean Coastline: Bakoven Beach, Big Bay, Blouberg, Camps Bay, Clifton, Dolphin, Hout Bay, Llandudno, Long, Milnerton, Noordhoek, Sandy Bay (Nudes) Scarborough, Table View and Witsands Beach. Indian Ocean Coastline: Boulders, Diaz, Fish Hoek, Glencairn, Muizenberg, Smithswinkelbaai, St James, Main Beach Betty’s Bay, Silver Sands, Palmiet or Main Beach Kleinmond.
The Western Cape knows how to put on a spread. If you’re a connoisseur of excellent food and wines – or even if you’re an enthusiastic fan – set out on one of the Cape’s famous wine routes, where you’ll find plenty of culinary delights too. Close to the city are the estates of Groot Constantia, and Klein Constantia, each with their own wonderful character and excellent restaurants. Further afield you have a number of choices. The Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl wine regions can be covered in a day but really deserve a little more dedication. Then there are the farms that lie out Hermanus/Elgin way, and finally Route 62 – the longest wine route in the world.
Enjoy the best view of the city bowl from Table Mountain or enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine and a hot meal. The cable cars leave every 15 min.
Birding & Climbing
Climbing in Kleinmond
Kleinmond offers some real good rock climbing for the whole family and not to mention the unbelievable hiking trails.
An absolute view to die for!
The fynbos attracks very special bird species! Birding fanatics come from all over the world to zoom in on some rare and some bountiful species of this area. Abundant birdlife and a growing awareness of nature has given birth to expanding member counts of Birding groups worldwide. South Africa is no exception.Some inspired websites to peruse