Cape Town to Kleinmond

One Sunday lunchtime during our holiday in South Africa, we jumped in our little car and headed from Cape Town to Kleinmond

We had family there to visit and it’s just under 2 hours out of Cape Town. Cape Town to Kleinmond such a beautiful drive. We drove the main roads out of the city and down the N1. Once you get out of the city, it’s lush greenery and mountains. Then a short drive from the main road, you arrive at this beautiful little beach town.

Cape Town to Kleinmond

Kleinmond is a small town in the Overborg region of the Western Cape

According to Tripadvisor, there’s plenty to do in Kleinmond. I wish we’d had more time to check out the forest adventures or the penguin colony in Betty’s Bay! We’d come to see my father-in-law and wanted to spend as much time with him as possible.


Cape Town to Kleinmond Beach

As it was, we only had an afternoon so we settled for a walk on the beach coastal walkway. It has some rugged terrain but it’s got a lovely wooden path built into it. The rock formations, the way the waves fall, it’s amazing. I grew up at the seaside with some choppy sea but I’ve never seen such beautiful waves as I did that day.

We strolled from the house down through the walkway and up to the cove. I could have hiked for hours through miles of rugged terrain but we were limited on time, and hungry!

Here there’s a fair few restaurants and shops, mostly aimed at day trippers.

Cape Town has such a variety of great restaurants but Kleinmond has a lot to offer for such a small town!

Some are super fancy, but most have a really chilled beach vibe, which goes well with the surfing clientele that come throughout the years to ride the sick waves.

My father in law has his favourite restaurant there and is a regular face. Kabel Joe’s is right on the peak with a great view. It has outdoor seating and a top deck for those warm days. Despite them preparing to close, they kindly set us up a table and agreed to feed us weary travellers. As with many restaurants on the sea, their focus is on sea food. Their food was completely on point. Huge portions, well priced. Perfectly seasoned, beautifully presented. We couldn’t have asked for more! I had the coconut mussel pot with some fresh hot bread and it was delicious.

Cape Town to Kleinmond Kabeljoes

If we come back to South Africa in the next few years, I fully intend to come back in Winter. This is whale season! Kleinmond is a prominent location on the whale route and those beautiful beasts can be spotted lazing and playing around near the coasts.

We left to head back to Cape Town much later than I’d planned.

I don’t love driving in the dark. The roads are big and crazy and dark. We decided it would be lighter and safer to go back along the coastal routes, rather than through the mountains. I’ll rarely admit I was wrong but I was so glad we left late. As we hit the coastal roads in the last leg of our journey, we turned a corner and nature presented us with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.

Cape Town to Kleinmond Return

Cape Town to Kleinmond might be a tough day out with kids but it’s a great road trip for friends or a couple. The drive is easy, the scenery is stunning, and the people are so chilled.

Cape Town to Kleinmond Return

We arrived safely back in our apartment in Century City, where the next night we were treated to another stunner of a sunset. I can’t get over how naturally stunning the sunsets are for a city!

Cape Town to Kleinmond Sunsets


  1. Lex

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! I will definitely have to add this to list of places I need to go, which at this point is endless! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you had fun!

    Lex | The Lady on Lexington Street

    1. hollyhoman

      It was stunning. Like I felt I was in CGI in Jurassic Park stunning!

  2. It looks absolutely beautiful there. I would love to go one day!

    1. hollyhoman

      If you get the chance, it’s definitely not one to be missed!

  3. Yes whale season would be so cool. I would love to check it out.

    1. hollyhoman

      Me too! I don’t think I’ll be back there this winter but I’d love to go once we have kids!

  4. South Africa has been on our family bucket list for years. Your photos are giving me a wanderlust that I can’t currently satiate, and its killing me! Beautiful!!

    1. hollyhoman

      They give me wanderlust too!

  5. Wow! It looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing such great pictures.

    1. hollyhoman

      Thanks Rosemary, I’m glad you enjoyed!

  6. Marcie

    Oh how fun that you got to visit family there! Cape Town has been on my bucket list, but sounds like I need to add Kleinmond!

    1. hollyhoman

      If you can go in Whale season, apparently it’s amazing. Plus, that whole beautiful route is Autumnal!

  7. This sounds like it was a blast! I would love to go!

    1. hollyhoman

      It’s one of my most memorable trips!

  8. This looks like such a beautiful place! I definitely need to make a visit here someday.

    1. hollyhoman

      It’s absolutely stunning!

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