The town's name, meaning "small mouth" in Afrikaans, refers to its location at the mouth of the Bot River lagoon.

Kleinmond has grown from a holiday destination to a vibrant town. Set between the Palmiet River and Kleinmond lagoon it offers the best of fresh and saltwater acitivities. Kleinmond's water activities are endless ranging from canoeing down the the rivers, swimming in the lagoon to angling in the ocean. It has beautiful beaches - Kleinmond main beach has Blue Flag status, wonderful hikes and walks as well as mouthwatering restaurants. And stunning 18-hole golf course.

In the mid-1800s the Kleinmond area saw its first sign of community when a small fishing community took up residence at Jogensklip, which today is the small fishing harbour in Kleinmond. It was soon after this that the area became a well-known holiday spot. Farmers from as far as Caledon and the surrounding area would embark on an annual pilgrimage to camp at the Palmiet lagoon or Klein Bot River mouth.

One of the incredibly unique aspects about Kleinmond is that it falls under the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. This particular type of reserve includes nature reserves and various towns aimed at getting communities involved in conserving the unique biodiversity. The 100 000 hectares biosphere reserve is a recognised UNESCO site that boasts more than 1880 different plant species, 77 of which are endemic. Beyond the sheer diversity that the Biosphere Reserve is protecting, there is also hope that it promotes a more green and sustainable lifestyle.