Hermanus Botanical Society

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 18km² in the Kleinrivier Mountains in Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 824m. Offering visitors a magnificent view of Walker Bay, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai, Fernkloof Nature Reserve has a 60km network of trails in the heart of the Cape Floral Region. Outdoor lovers and adventurers can enjoy the abundance of opportunities for picnics, relaxed walks, hiking, running and MTB. From the tiniest creatures such as insects and reptiles to small bucks, baboons, mongoose and dassies, all life in Fernkloof Nature Reserve lives in perfect harmony. This fynbos covered paradise is also home to over a hundred bird species that include the Cape sugarbirds, jackal buzzards and black eagles. Fernkloof Nature Reserve also has a visitors centre, a venue with a kitchen available for private functions, an indigenous plant nursery and an overnight hut.

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Fernkloof Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1957.

The custodians of Fernkloof Nature Reserve include the Overstrand Municipality, the Fernkloof Advisory Board and the Hermanus Botanical Society.

Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Fernkloof Nature Reserve’s visitor information is as follows:

Entrance Fee
  • No charge - donations can be made at the Visitors’ Centre
Maps and Information
  • Available at the Visitors’ Centre and the Fernkloof Nursery.
  • Cars can be parked in the Garden area and at the Visitors’ Centre 500m further on at the end of the tarred road.
  • In the Gardens and at the Visitors’ Centre
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at ALL times and are only permitted on the lower path BLUE route and dog droppings must be removed.
  • No restaurant or café facilities
  • No camping facilities
Regulations and Safety
  • Keep to the official paths and do not take shortcuts (these cause erosion)
  • Do not pick any plant material, interfere with animals, leave litter or light fires
  • Wear sensible footwear, sun protection and carry water, some food and rain gear
  • Leave valuables at home and walk with a companion whenever possible


Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers a myriad of family-friendly activities that include:

  • Picnics
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Geocaching
Guided Walks

Guided Walks

Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers a 60km network of trails, from the coastal 12km Cliff Path trail to the summit of two of its highest peaks Aasvoelkop and Galpin Peak. The trails cater for all ages and fitness levels and offer magnificent views of Walker Bay and the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

To make a booking for a guided tour, at a nominal fee, contact Vic Hamilton-Attwell:

  • vicattwell@telkomsa.net 
  • 082 785 5145
Venue Hire

Venue Hire

Set in the beautiful gardens of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Fernkloof Hall is a 10-metre-square building that has a capacity for 80 people and is available to hire for your private function. It is ideal for:

  • Weddings
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate Functions
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Celebrations of Life

Fernkloof Hall Amenities:

  • Electricity
  • PowerPoints 
  • Projector Screen (no projector)
  • Fully-Equipped Kitchen
  • Cutlery and Crockery

Not Provided:

  • Glasses
  • Tablecloths

For more information about venue hire rates and availability, contact Fernkloof Nature Hall, here.

Galpin Hut

Galpin Hut

Galpin Hut is situated on Galpin Peak, about a two-hour hike from Fernkloof Nature Reserve’s Visitors' Centre. 

Galpin Hut (sleeps four)

Galpin Hut has a magnificent view from its elevated perch at 500-metres above sea level. Facilities at the rustic overnight hut are basic with two double bunks and an outside enviro loo.


  • R300 per night (four guests)

 What to Pack:

  • Bedding
  • Lighting
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Utensils
  • Meals
  • Water

Please Note:

  • No Fires
  • No Dogs
  • Parking at the Visitors’ Centre

For more information and to book your stay, contact: botsochermanus@gmail.com

Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery

Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery

Fernkloof Nature Reserve strives to introduce gardeners to the joys of indigenous plants at Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery.

Indigenous plants are adapted to local environmental conditions and require less water, don’t need expensive soils and composts, and provide vital habitat for birds and other wildlife species.

The popular nursery has a wide variety of indigenous plants for sale and you can stock up on everything from proteas, ericas and restio families to clivias and ground covers.

For more information, contact the friendly team at Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery for more information, here.

Hermanus Botanical Society

Hermanus Botanical Society

Hermanus Botanical Society was formed in 1960 and has its headquarters at the Botanical Centre in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

The Society is a very dynamic one and offers its members numerous activities that include but are not limited to:

  • Fynbos identification on botanical walks
  • Monthly talks on botanical matters by experts
  • Day walks and longer excursions to coastal and mountain places
  • Monitoring of regrowth after fire
  • Access to our internationally recognised Herbarium
  • Access to an extensive botanical and natural history library
  • Hacking meets to combat alien vegetation
  • Annual Hermanus Spring Flower Festival 
  • Fernkloof Nursery (members get 10% discount on plants purchased)
  • Social gatherings (braais, picnics and ‘soup and sherry evenings)

How to Join the Hermanus Botanical Society

Application forms can be obtained from the Fernkloof Nursery or contact:

  • Lori Bramwell-Jones botsochermanus@telkomsa.net 


“Awesome place. Trails are well maintained ranging from most easy to some more challenging. Go for a stroll through fynbos to a waterfall or climb the Adder Ladder to cross the pass. Amazingly maintained by volunteers who set out a new display of flower specimens at the Visitor's Centre weekly. Spend the day!”  Keith Banerjee
“The reserve has the best routes for amazing scenery without driving too far. Route difficulty can be adjusted according to abilities. Some routes are dog friendly.”  Marzanne Henn
“A very nice nature reserve for hiking and having picnics with family and friends. Big green lawns with plenty of shade. There are several different hiking trails in the beautiful mountains of Hermanus and some of them lead to a dam that is great for swimming and cooling down after hiking. There are also restrooms available that are neat and clean.”  Nico Grobler
“Lovely trails to choose from. Clean and safe. Paths are well-marked. Unlimited fresh mountain air to enjoy. We did the easy Blue Route with our little one. Stunning views, birds, flora en fauna.”  Louise Godwin
“We only visited the nursery which, though small-scale, has strong, healthy and affordable plants. Each plant is properly labelled with large easy-to-read labels. The fine lady who was on duty was the icing on an excellent visit.”  Hendrik Bos



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