Westend House was specifically designed with the birdwatcher in mind, and the house acts like a luxury hide for canopy species in the surrounding forest and waterbirds in the floodplains below. African Fish Eagles, Knysna Turacos and Crowned Hornbills are almost daily visitors (as are the resident troop of vervet monkeys!). Birdlife South Africa has accredited Westend House as a Birder-friendly Establishment. In addition, our manageress Anne Williams is a FGASA qualified expert bird guide and offers birding and nature tours in the area to all our guests. Details can be found at www.annesbirding.co.za
Hiking & walking
Endless hikes along the coast and through the surrounding farmlands can be done with local guides. Unguided beach walks are regarded as safe from Kleinemonde beach to Riet Point, and we are unaware of any incident in the 15 years that we have been here. At low tide there are some amazing rockpools to dip into along the way. And if you are lucky you could find some wild oysters washed up right after spring tide.
The East and West Kleinemonde estuaries are popular fishing spots for Spotted Grunter and Dusky Kob, among others, and fishing is best from the sandbanks around the bridge or a boat. The coast offers excellent rock and surf fishing opportunities.
Canoeing & Boating
Bring your boats! There is a launchsite for your outboard boat at the beach, and depending on the water level you can moor your canoe right below the house. A path is shared with our neighbour through the thicket that leads down to the river straight below the property. Alternatively you can hire a canoe from an operator at the West Kleinemonde river mouth, or at the nearby Kap River from Natureview Farm Stall. Several operators offer river cruises up the West Kleinemonde, Fish and Kowie Rivers.
Fish River (previously Fish River Sun) Golf course is a mere 10 minutes drive away, as is the Royal Port Alfred golf course.
Horse Trails along the beach are offered from the farm on the other side of the West Kleinemonde river at 3sisters Horse trails
Kleinemonde beach has two safe seawater lagoons, that are closed to the sea most of the time by a sandbar that forms across the river mouth. They are therefore safe for swimming and often considerably warmer than the ocean. Their shallow waters on white sand near the mouth are perfect for kids to play in safely while the open water swimmer can enjoy a straight 1 km swim to the main bridge. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer holidays at Kleinemonde beach for swims in the Indian Ocean, as there are rip tides to be aware of.
For the more adventurous surfer Kleinemonde point has a popular break, if you are up for the walk. The most popular surf spot in the region is famous East Beach in Port Alfred, a 10-15 minute drive away.