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Fernkloof Hermanus Hike

Fernkloof Hermanus Hike

The Fernkloof Hermanus Hike; we offer guided hikes in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve of various distances.There are some 60 kilometers of hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty professionally guided to suit your level of fitness and agility.  A route map is available at the visitors center at the end of the reserve driveway and this makes choosing a route very easy. For example the Green Route is 3.4 km and takes approximately 1.5 hrs to walk. A shorter option is the Blue Route  which is a 2.2 km trail  that incorporates the Fernkloof Gardens and is walked in under an hour .This magnificent Nature reserve covers 18 square kilometers and boasts around 2000 plant species. With new species being discovered all the time by the very active botanical society that administers and runs the reserve together with the local Hermanus municipality.  

Fernkloof

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve has a wide variety of habitats, from afromontane forests to rocky cliffs. There are many  kilometers of trails including the cliff path along the coastal strip which borders the town. On a Fernkloof  hike there is also an overnight hut on Galpin Peak at 596 meters above sea level. Bookings for the Galpin Hut are made through the Hermanus Botanical Society.

Fernkloof 

Flora and Fauna

Fynbos is one of the most diverse yet distinctive floras in the world, characterized by evergreen heaths and shrubs, and noted for the Proteas. The Fynbos of the reserve forms part of the Fynbos Biome which is in the south-western corner of South Africa. 

Fernkloof Hermanus Hike

The Cape Floral Kingdom

Fernkloof falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom which is the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and is the only one contained in its entirety within a single country. The Cape Floral kingdom is 9 644 square kilometers and has about 9000 species compared to the British Isles which is 320 000 square kilometers with 1 500 species.

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