Hiking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

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Hermanus Tourism

At the Visitors Center you can find samples of flowers in bloom, maps of the trails and walking sticks on loan to be returned on completion of your hike.

At the Visitors Center you can find samples of flowers in bloom, maps of the trails and walking sticks on loan to be returned on completion of your hike.

Sometimes one just needs to turn off the cellphone and the technology and just head to the hills or in this case the mountains. Here the silence is punctuated only with birdsong, the whistle of the wind, and the crunch of stones under the souls of your hiking boots. This is the place for your batteries to recharge so that you can return to your everyday life invigorated and refreshed. It is like a soothing balm for the wary soul.

The fynbos puts on a wonderful display. It is also heartening to see that conservation is upheld in this reserve.

The fynbos puts on a wonderful display. It is also heartening to see that conservation is upheld in this reserve.

The various trails are well signposted. There are also benches for resting or enjoying the views along the way.

The various trails are well signposted. There are also benches for resting or enjoying the views along the way.

We have been hiking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve for many years. My sons were little boys when we first came up here. We would pack a picnic lunch and hike first and eat afterwards at the benches provided. My oldest remembers us carrying him and his brother on our backs when little legs could not go any further, and believe me for little boys they could walk at least 3-4km. My youngest remembers the fact that we would not allow them to use the walking sticks provided at the Visitors Center as we were concerned they would trip over them and hurtled down the side of the mountain. The sticks were taller than them. These days they still walk in the mountain and are as sure footed as mountain goats.

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My son was my companion as we hiked to the top of the Lemoenkop, sat on the bench provided and were treated to the breathtaking views down below us. From there we headed through the forest to the Waterfall. The gurgling stream, the bird calls and the frogs croaking were our orchestra as we navigated the path through the greenery. The Waterfall is just a trickle at present but is always spectacular after the rains.

The stunning views as seen from Lemoenkop.

The stunning views as seen from Lemoenkop.

The forest and the Waterfall.

The forest and the Waterfall.

Do yourself a favour and put this on your to-do-list for when you are next in this area. Just be sure to plan for a couple of hours as this experience should never be rushed. I can promise you that you will not regret it!

Such beauty to be found here in nature.

Such beauty to be found here in nature.

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