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Hiking Trails and Picnics

In the Area

Mountain bikers and gentle hikers can take an easy walk or a more challenging path through the coastal nature reserve before tucking into a specially prepared feast on the beach, while keen golfers can make themselves at home at a nearby country club.

View more information on our recommended hiking, running & cycling routes here.


Trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve has a 60-kilometre network of trails, varying from gentle ambles to strenuous hikes, all showcasing the spectacular views of Hermanus and the vast sweep of Walker Bay. More than 1,250 species of plant species, including several unique floral wonders, are there to enjoy.

We can recommend a route appropriate for your fitness level, and arrange for a knowledgeable guide to accompany you and arrange a picnic for you to enjoy en route. For a more challenging excursion, hike the 12-kilometre Zig Zag Trail from Birkenhead House to Fernkloof, and you won’t be disappointed.


Golfing on the whale coast

Arabella Country Estate brings extraordinary scenery to the game of golf, and has hosted celebrities and golf pros alike on its luxury estate. The 8th hole has been described as one of the most beautiful in South Africa, and there are some tricky technicalities introduced by sand traps and the presence of water.
Hermanus Golf Club is only five minutes from Birkenhead House, making it an easy getaway for a keen golfer looking for a quick game on the whale coast. All levels of golfers will find fun and fulfillment just a walk away from the comfort of the hotel.


Cycle the Hemel en Aarde Valley

Pedal through the mountainous terrain of the Hemel en Aarde Valley at your own pace – be that a gentle ride or a technical challenge. There are bike tracks and trails to suit every appetite for mountain biking.
Mountain bikes are available at Birkenhead House for our guests to use during their stay, and our concierge has all the information about the defined trail network, opening times, and permits required for biking. These trails vary from beginner to experienced and include terrain ranging from forest single track to open tarmac, and some of the best bits take riders through orchards and vineyards of working wine farms in the area.

View more information on our recommended hiking, running & cycling routes here.



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