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There are several well-maintained and well-marked trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Fernkloof showcases a diverse and spectacular variety of unspoilt coastal mountain fynbos. Over 50km of hiking trails traverse the reserve, offering spectacular panoramic views of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Walker Bay, with its visiting whales. There are guided tours by arrangement at a nominal fee. A series of graded trails, catering for all ages and fitness levels offer a window into the wonderful world of plants found in Fernkloof Botanical Gardens. Wheelchair-friendly paths cater for the less energetic. An on-going exhibition of what is in flower can be seen in the visitor’s hut situated at the start of the footpaths.

The Three Reservoirs, Rotary Way and Vogelgat in the Klein River mountains overlooking the town offer magnificent hiking opportunities.

Hoy’s Koppie, a rocky outcrop in the middle of Hermanus, offers splendid views of the town and is the lofty burial place of Sir William Hoy and his wife Gertrude. A pathway with stone steps leads one around the koppie to the summit where their graves can be seen. In addition to the panoramic views and the easy access to abundant fynbos, Hoy’s Koppie provides a link to the area’s earliest inhabitants. Archaeologists have found evidence that indigenous Khosian people inhabited Klipgat Cave on the southern side of the hill long before the town was established in the mid 1800’s.

The Frans Senekal Nature Reserve in Vermont offers a delightful walk from Vermont along the sea's edge past Hoek van den Berg to Hawston harbour. The walk takes about two hours; with a host of mountain ranges and nature reserves, and a coastline that is so diverse, there is no shortage of hiking trails - each uniquely breathtaking.

Platbos, Africa’s southernmost forest, is a jewel with ancient tree specimens over 1000 years old. A unique remnant of the “sandwoud” forest type is composed of tree species that characterize Afromontane ravine forests as well as those that make up coastal milkwood thickets. This enjoyable walk takes between 1 and 2½ hours to complete, and the gentle gradients make it an easy trail for young and old alike to enjoy. Relax on the benches situated along the path or walk the forest's labyrinth made from mother-of-pearl sea shells. Both guided and self-guided tours are available. Participate in the Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation and Conservation Project by making a donation to have a tree planted in your name on the forest edge and help to safeguard this ancient forest for future generations.

Pre-booking is essential.

(Courtesy: Overberg Media) (Also see Cliff Paths)