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Hike Fernkloof Hermanus

Hike Fernkloof Hermanus

If you hike Fernkloof Hermanus, you will be spoilt for choice because there are so many hiking options to chose from. We offer guided hikes in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. There are some 60 kilometers of hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty professionally guided to suit your level of fitness and agility on the Hermanus Hike. The 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.  

Hermanus Hike

The Hermanus 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 of Hermanus . They is also an overnight hut on Galpin Peak at 596 meters above sea level.

Hermanus Hike

For a Hermanus Hike there is a route map is available at the visitors center located at the end of the reserve driveway and this makes choosing a route very easy. If you choose 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 .

Flora and Fauna

Hike Fernkloof Hermanus

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.

 

Hike Fernkloof Hermanus

The Cape Floral Kingdom

Because the Cape Floral Kingdom falls within 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.

Fynbos

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