Property owners along the boundaries of Fernkloof Nature Reserve know this

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

During the past few years the Municipality has received and observed an increase in the number of encroachments on the boundaries of Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR).

This notice is an appeal to all homeowners whose properties are adjacent to the Fernkloof Reserve to assist the Overstrand Municipality and CPMG in their efforts by understanding and observing the regulations designed to preserve this unique floral heritage.

Please note the following:

  1. It is an offence to cut, remove or otherwise disturb any fynbos along any section of the reserve, without written consent from the Overstrand Municipality.

  2. The construction of any structures (braai’s, decks, lapa’s etc.) in the reserve is not permitted.

  3. Planting of any flowers, shrubs, trees or grasses in the reserve without prior written permission is not permitted. You may NOT extend your garden beyond your property boundary.

  4. It is an offence to remove, alter or in any way deface official signage erected by the Overstrand Municipality or CPMG. All signage is there for a specific reason, including signs and other restriction measures demarcating fynbos rehabilitation areas (such as informal paths, tracks, jeep tracks).

  5. Bicycles may NOT be ridden on the Cliff Path. Wheelchairs and children’s pushchairs are welcome.

  6. Other than in designated areas (e.g. Grotto picnic area) fires are not permitted.

  7. It is an offence to dump any garden refuse in the nature reserve.

  8. It is an offence to litter (including dog waste) on any section of the reserve.

  9. All dogs walking on the reserve must be on a leash. The core area of the reserve has specific areas where no dogs are allowed.

Did you know?

The coastal section of  Fernkloof Nature Reserve contains well over 300 species of fynbos, some of which are endemic to this area and all of which the Overstrand Municipality (OM) and the volunteer Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG) are endeavouring to protect and, where necessary, rehabilitate.

The FNR is a declared Protected Area in terms of Section 12 of the NEM:PAA. The FNR was formally proclaimed (Proclamation No. 391 of 1971) in terms of the Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1965 (Ordinance No. 26 of 1965).

The main body of the FNR is made up of a mountainous area (westernmost parts of the Kleinriviersberge mountain range), which directly abuts the urban edge of Hermanus, with no agricultural land or vacant erven in between.

The FNR also includes fragmented land parcels (of heritage and/or cultural and/or biodiversity importance) namely:

  • Hoy’s Koppie
  • Piet se Bos
  • an area directly north of the Kleinrivier Estuary; and
  • narrow strips of land in the Coastal Zone between the highwater mark and cadastral  boundaries of  erven between the Kleinriver Estuary and the Hermanus New Harbour (which are collectively known as the Cliff Path); and
  • Annual Hermanus Camp (AHC).

Help us

As a resident adjacent to the reserve, your assistance is required to combat any possible activities which may pose a threat to the biodiversity of the reserve. This can be done in the following manner:

  • Report any illegal cutting/removing of fynbos, or defacing of signage to: Overstrand Municipality 028 316 3724 (office hours) or  028 313 8111 (after hours)  or Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) 028 312-4900
  • Report any suspicious activity/theft/assault to HPP (028) 312 4900.

Contact Franchisee Liande Barnard
Overberg contact number 086 163 6845
Overberg email address