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NThis botanical gem has more than 1300 recorded plant species in its 1800 hectares.

ever before has a book been written on the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR) in Hermanus.

To celebrate Fernkloof’s 60 year anniversary, a group of dedicated Hermanus Botanical Society members have combined their expertise in their various fields of interest, and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve book is a result of their considerable effort. There are 184 pages of glossy colour, with more than 400 photographs of plants and creatures, large and small, which can be seen in the Nature Reserve. All these are accompanied by a description of the plant/creature with useful tips for identification. Photographs of stunning views, descriptions of the 60 km of hiking trails, maps, geology, and so much more will be found in the book. It is A5 size with soft cover intended as a field guide and to be of interest to all visitors to the FNR.


The book will be launched at the Hermanus Flower Festival in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve from 22-25 September 2017. Come and get your copy and use it to explore this beautiful piece of Paradise.



Tits 60th anniversary during the Hermanus

he Fernkloof Nature Reserve will celebrate

Flower Festival from 22 to 25 September 2017. This will be a special event with a book being launched to showcase Fernkloof and what it has to offer. It also acts as a handy hiking trail guide to lead nature lovers along a 60 kilometer network of paths to waterfalls and breathtaking views high up on the Kleinriver Mountains overlooking Hermanus, a popular tourist town in the Western Cape. The reserve is 1,800 hectares in area, ranging from sea level to 842 metres and harbours more than 1 250 species of indigenous fynbos species. The Fernkloof Nature Reserve forms part of the Cape Floristic Region near the southern tip of South Africa. Although it is the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms of the world, it boasts the highest concentration of indigenous plants per square meter and extraordinarily

high fynbos diversity. The economical worth of the CFR, based on harvests of fynbos products (e.g. wildflowers) and eco-tourism, is estimated to be in the region of R77 million a year. Thus the Cape Floristic Region has both economic and intrinsic biological value as a biodiversity hotspot, and as a major tourist attraction.



Visitors are welcome to attend the diverse programme during the celebrations, including Citizen Science Walks to explore and find rare species of fauna in the area, like the Drewes’ Moss Frog and Cape Dwarf Chameleon.


Family fun activities being planned over the four days to entertain all ages include: w Gorgeous floral displays and labelled specimens of up to 400 fynbos species w Browse around in the marquee with its fascinating environmental displays w Products will be for sale in the marquee, all

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Don’t miss the 60th anniversary of Fernkloof Nature Reserve from 22 to 25 September.

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with a botanical or nature theme. Bunches of fresh blooms will be for sale, and the nursery offers indigenous plants. Enjoy something to eat and drink at the Fynbos Café in the gardens. Back by popular request: 10 Mini Demonstration Gardens Land Art Workshops: design your own Land Art Sculpture Slithering Snake Fynbos Demonstration Special programmes for children Love-ability Wheel chair entrepreneurs with their products Citizen Science Exploration Walks Bugz Train through the gardens Student Art Competition exhibition Alpacas and their products Design a Fairy Garden Raffle with great prizes.

The custodians of Fernkloof Nature Reserve are the Overstrand Municipality, and the Fernkloof Advisory Board. The Hermanus Botanical Society is organising the Flower Festival and has the mandate to protect the flora and fauna and is passionate about educating people on the need for conservation of the Reserve. FOR MORE INFORMATION:, or CLICK TO LEARN MORE

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