The fynbos slopes of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve reach into the Klein River Mountains. They are protected from being trampled by the extensive network of paths that provide generous access for observing the many plants that grow here.
The walkways for people also ensure safe places for the plants to grow. The privilege of moving among them with friends is good for body and soul. Follow the path a little further and more species are revealed. Those initially seen at a distance will almost certainly be presented nearby further along. Just be patient, the exercise is good for you!
More than 12500 plant species live in the 1800 hectares terrain of the Reserve. The Hermanus Botanical Society that manages the Reserve, maintains a variety of services to members and visitors. The Society was founded in 1960.
Winter rain and dry, hot summers characterise the Mediterranean climate of the region. Every plant’s flowering and fruiting cycle is unique, making visits throughout the year worthwhile. Every visit is a different experience as the show is live and lives are never copied.
Fire comes naturally to the veld in its own time but don’t start it. Vegetation growth of years is necessary for different plant life cycles to reach fruit and replacing themselves. Nature manages the necessary fynbos fires as part of its doings just fine.
Accidental fires are happening far too often for fynbos wellbeing in the Cape Floristic Region. This is caused by high population density and the number of visitors frequenting the area, compounded by the increased fire probability conditions during the hot, dry summers (http://fernkloof.org.za).