The Flora and Fauna of the Hermanus Camino 

Birding,Flora & Fauna,Hiking

The walk traverses some of the most diverse and scenic geographical landscapes in the Overberg region. We try to encourage our walkers to enjoy this time in nature and to pay close attention to the environment surrounding them. Let’s take a look at some of the flora and fauna that you could encounter when you ‘Walk The Way’ with us on the Hermanus Camino.

Flora found on the Hermanus Camino:

During the walk, we encounter mountain and coastal fynbos, renosterveld, coastal scrub, farmlands, stud farms, vineyards, apple and pear orchards, wheat and canola fields and even some kelp forests along the final 5-kilometre cliff path walk.

Fauna Found on the Hermanus Camino:

There are many creatures both big and small that inhabit this beautiful part of Southern Africa, so let’s take a look at some of the birds and animals found in this region. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter some of these residents while you embark on your Camino with us.

Hermanus, Tesselaarsdal and Stanford, all form part of the Overberg,  renowned to host over a third of the endemic species of the entire Southern African bird region. Southern Africa has approximately 965 species of which 165 are endemic. We are fortunate enough to have more than 60 of these Southern Africa endemics in the Overberg region and an avid birder can encounter over 200 species on the 5-day walk.

The Hermanus Camino’s notable top 10 endemic birds likely to be encountered:

  • Blue Crane
  • Black Harrier
  • Cape Sugarbird
  • Orange Breasted Sunbird
  • Karoo Prinia
  • Grassbird
  • Jackal Buzzard
  • Large Billed Lark
  • Bokmakierie
  • Black Oystercatcher

 

Even though Hermanus and the surrounding farmlands are pretty well established, the ever- imposing mountain ranges are home to a remarkable amount of animal species, many of which you would never have thought possible to encounter in a nature reserve, let alone, the Hermanus Camino.

  • Baboons
  • Grey Rhebuck
  • Klipspringer
  • Duiker
  • Mongoose (various species)
  • Bat Eared Fox
  • Cape Hare
  • Honey Badger
  • Dassie (Rock Hyrax)
  • Caracal (good chance on days 4 and 5)
  • Leopard
  • Dolphins
  • Seals
  • Whales

As you can see there is much to be seen on the Hermanus Camino and we hope that you take this opportunity to reconnect with nature and your present surroundings. We are also fortunate enough to have an expert on our team, Dave De Beer, who specialises in birds, fynbos and whales of the Overberg region. He would be happy to answer any questions or give you some more info on the creepy crawlies, furry and feathered friends of the area. 

Come ‘Walk The Way’ with us on the Hermanus Camino, book your spot now and immerse yourself in the beauty that nature has to offer us. 

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