On a Fernkloof Hike, we offer guided hikes in the Fernkloof Reserve. There are around 60 kilometers of hiking trails of varying in difficulty, all professionally guided to suit your level of fitness and ability.
The Fernkloof Reserve
A hike in the Fernkloof reserve which covers an area of 18 square kilometers, and boasts around 2000 plant species. New species are being discovered all the time by the very active botanical society that administers and runs the reserve together with the local Hermanus municipality.
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 .
The Fernkloof Reserve has a wide variety of habitats, from afromontane forests to rocky cliffs. Therefore there are many kilometers of trails to be explored. The cliff path which borders the town of Hermanus cat also be explored on a Fernkloof hike. There is also an overnight hut on Galpin Peak that can be hired through the botanical society.
Time: 2 hour walk from R 250.00 per participant, minimum 2 people, half-day (or part there of) – Includes coffee/tea, from R 350.00 per participant, minimum 2 people Time: exceeding 5 hrs – Includes a packed lunch, coffee/tea or fruit juice, contact us for a quote.
Flora and Fauna
Fynbos is characterized by evergreen heaths and shrubs, and noted for its Proteas. The Fynbos of the reserve forms part of the Fynbos Biome which is in the south-western corner of South Africa.Therefore the Fernkloof reserve has a very healthy bird population, with six of the Fynbos endemic bird species, and a growing population of Kilpspringer, Cape Grysbok and Baboons, and we have seen Cape Leopard spoor on a few occasions.
Cape Floral Kingdom
Fernkloof reserve forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and 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. Because the Cape Floral kingdom is 9 644 square kilometers it has about 9000 plant species compared to the British Isles which is 320 000 square kilometers with 1 500 species.