Bird watching is a very relaxing pastime, requiring that the viewer quietly walk through beautiful, natural landscapes to try to catch a glimpse of the unique birdlife in the area.
There are over 100 varieties of bird species within the Fernkloof Nature Reserve that borders Hermanus, with several of these species being endemic to the Western Cape. These are the Orange-breasted Sunbird, the Cape Sugarbird, the Cape Siskin, the Cape Rockjumper and Victorin's Warbler. These fair fouls are the reason that the Hermanus Bird Club chose the reserve as their headquarters. The HBC goes on weekly walks around the area to help its members (and visitors) get the opportunity to see the different wildlife in the area, give a bit of background on the different species spotted and take photos to immortalise the occasion.
Bird enthusiasts are also more than welcome to wander the pathways that run through the Reserve and Garden, taking in the sites and looking out for the beautiful birds in the area. There is also a Fernkloof Nature Reserve Bird Directory that gives visitors a “checklist” to use during their exploration. The only rule is that the only thing to be taken away from the reserve are memories and photos!