The fyn things in life
One of the natural beauties to discover in Hermanus is its fynbos, which stars the vegetation along the Hermanus Cliff Paths and the routes through Fernkloof Nature Reserve - but can also often be found tucked away in gardens and popping up on the sides of the roads.
Fynbos is unique to the Eastern and Western Cape provinces, and thrives in our climate of hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.
For centuries, this fascinating biome has inspired humans with its beauty, its scent, its flavour and its healing properties.
Your Hermanus fynbos experience
For botany-enthusiasts, nature-lovers, ramblers, hikers and even those looking for the perfect backdrop for a selfie amongst the fynbos, a visit to Hermanus would not be complete without a trip to Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Here, the Hermanus Botanical Society has conserved a breath-taking piece of Nature, for everyone to enjoy for free (no entrance fee).
Visitors can enjoy activities such as guided walks, cycling, and picnicking in the gardens (for more info, visit https://www.fernkloof.org.za /activities).
To learn more about fynbos, one can visit the Fernkloof Herbarium, which contains over 4000 pressed specimens (https://www.fernkloof.org.za/hermanus-botanical-society/herbarium ).
3km east of town centre (please visit www.fernkloof.org.za for detailed directions)
028 313 0819
The Cliff Paths, which meander along Hermanus’s coastline, are part of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve’s conservation area, and also provide fantastic views of Hermanus’ fynbos as well as the ocean and town.
Then, head on over to The Wine Village, Hermanus where Pelagus Guests can, in the months of February and March 2022, enjoy a 10% discount on all fynbos-infused Gin, Brandy, Bitters, Liqueurs, Vermouth, non-Alcoholic mixers and Absinth available at their store (Ts & Cs: discount not congruent with any offers in-store; please ask at Pelagus reception how to redeem your discount; only available in February and March 2022).
The Wine Village has an encyclopaedic range of fynbos-infused products, as well as an extensive wine collection, and it is another Hermanus institution worth the visit:
c/o R43 & R320, 1 Hemel en Aarde Rd, Onrus River, Hermanus, 7200
028 316 3988
Fynbos has inspired artists to create beautiful pieces that make really special and original gifts and mementos to remind you of your stay in South Africa.
Artist Sunita Hansen Van den Berg, whose subject matter includes Hermanus, fynbos and other parts of the Cape, uses various mediums to reflect the freshness and beauty of our fynbos and landscape.
Artist Jane Schaillee of Chilli Lane Living, creates delicate botanical-dyed and printed silk scarves, bags and cushions, amongst other products, that bring out the “fyn” in fynbos, often adding hand-embroidery into her work to create something truly unique.
Mai Co., a brand of herbal and essential oil products made right here in Hermanus and sold at the Hermanus Country Market, uses fynbos such as khakibos, aloe ferox and rooibos, amongst other herbs, to create divine soaps, candles, even deodorants.
Just Pure, a natural skin and body care range produced and sold in Hermanus, has a fynbos-infused range that is heavenly. Visit the Just Pure Bistro to get your fynbos fix!
Corner Marine Dr, Hermanus, 7200
028 313 0060
This Valentines Month, may we suggest instead of giving the usual bouquet of red roses, whisk your loved one off to Hermanus to visit the fynbos.
Some notable examples of fynbos to look out for:
Honeybush (Cyclopia genistoides)
Known for its antioxidant effects.
Used for caffeine-free teas with a honey-like aroma.
The King Protea (Protea cynaroides)
Needing no introduction, the King Protea is South Africa’s national flower.
Blooms mainly from October to April
The Candelabra Lily (Brunsvigia orientalus)
This strange and beautiful flower pops up around Autumn and creates an other-wordly display.
The Blue Disa (Disa graminifolia)
A member of the Orchidaceae family, this flower is pollinated by carpenter bees, and named
after the legendary Queen Disa.
Cover image: photo by Tanya Trofymchuk on Unsplash
All fynbos plant images and information taken from https://www.fernkloof.org.za