The Three Dams (Die Damme)

Ever wondered where the locals of Hermanus go to escape the heat and the crowds during the busy season? Truth is, we head for the mountains. The Dragon’s Back Mountain (Draak Se Rug) as the locals call it, to be specific. Here the water of The Dams are deep, icy cold and make for good swimming and for picnics in the fynbos that grows along its banks.

All the way up the mountain the sound of water tinkling over rocks is a constant companion until you get to the gushing waterfalls. After the climb a swim is a must, or you can walk the mountain path to the Second and Third Dam. Wear the right footwear as summer sandals are not ideal. The mountain fynbos is truly splendid here.

Our walk starts off with a walk through the forest, along the banks of the tinkling Mossel River.

Our walk starts off with a walk through the forest, along the banks of the tinkling Mossel River.

We went just after very heavy winter rains so the waterfalls on the way up were spectacular.

We went just after very heavy winter rains so the waterfalls on the way up were spectacular.

The steep steps go straight up or you can choose the zig zag path that is gentler on the breath.

The steep steps go straight up or you can choose the zig zag path that is gentler on the breath.

The icy cold mountain water of The Three Dams. From the first dam you can see the second and third dam.

The icy cold mountain water of The Three Dams. From the first dam you can see the second and third dam.

On the side of the mountain next to the dam is the run off from the dam which we know as the Mossel River.

On the side of the mountain next to the dam is the run off from the dam which we know as the Mossel River.

The run off from the dam.

The run off from the dam.

From the first dam the walk is steep along its banks to the second dam. A bit of rock climbing is required so wear the right shoes. My summer sandals were not ideal.

From the first dam the walk is steep along its banks to the second dam. A bit of rock climbing is required so wear the right shoes. My summer sandals were not ideal.

The steep mountain path to Tweede Dam. My sons are like mountain goats. This is their favorite haunt..

The steep mountain path to Tweede Dam. My sons are like mountain goats. This is their favorite haunt..

So next time you are here in the heat of summer, take a climb and come join us at our local waterhole, 'Die damme'.

So next time you are here in the heat of summer, take a climb and come join us at our local waterhole, ‘Die damme’.

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