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Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

The reserve comprising of 834 Hectares (predominantly mountain fynbos) was established in 1962. It is claimed by locals that the name Salmonsdam originated from the name of the captain of the HMS Birkenhead which sank at Danger Point in Gansbaai in 1852 with a loss of 454 lives, Cpt. Robert Salmond.
The reserve lies approximately 20 km east of Stanford, at the foot of the Perdeberg mountains. It forms part of the catchment area of the Paardenberg River, which eventually joins the Uilenkraals River south of the reserve. The reserve is ideal for environmental education as the topography clearly illustrates how a mountain catchment area functions. The Perdeberg area is well know for its bird life, mountain fynbos and beautiful waterfalls, and attracts bird-watchers, hikers as well as nature enthusiasts alike. The Paardenberg river flows from north-east to south-west through the reserve, starting in a Keeromskloof gorge and spreading out lower down into a marshy area known as Die Weivlakte. One of the smaller tributaries that joins the river is the Watervalkloof stream which passes over a series of small waterfalls called the Zigzag Falls. The Elandskrans Caves and Leopard Cave are situated on the eastern side of the Keeromskloof gorge.
The reserve is inhabited by various antelope, including bontebok, klipspringer, grey duiker and grey rhebuck, as well as baboons and other small species of mammal. There have been more than 120 bird species recorded, but the most notable are the various sunbirds and kingfishers, Cape rockjumper and black eagle.
Salmonsdam has a three one-day hiking routes leading through spectacular scenery.
The longest hike is the Mountain Trail which leads from the foot of the Perdeberg mountain and at the sumit there is a spectacular view over Walker Bay, Caledon and Bredasdorp. This hike is approximately a 7km round hike
The second trail is the Ravine Trail which leads 4km through Keeromskloof and through small patches of indigenous forest. This is an out and back route
The shortest trail is the Waterfall Trail which is approximately 3km through thick fynbos down to the falls and back. This is an out and back route

For more information please contact: Cape Nature
Tel: +27-28-3410018
Tel: +27-28-3140062
Or email: eminnaar@capenature.co.za

Directions
From Cape Town travel to Hermanus on the N2 and R43 and then on to Stanford on the R43.
As you enter Stanford turn left onto the Caledon Road (R326).
From the intersection go 4.4km until you reach the "Papiesvlei, Elim" turnoff to your right.(From here on the roads are gravel, and caution should be exercised)
Travel approximately 6km on this gravel road and then turn left at the Salmonsdam turnoff.
Travel for approximately 3.5 kms. You will pass the entrance to a property called Beloftebos and 1.5 km from there you will reach Salmonsdam Nature Reserve.

Nearby Listings

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Stanford River Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Stanford

22.6km West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Stanford River Lodge provides riverside bed and breakfast accommodation in Stanford, near Hermanus in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. Situated right on the exquisite natural beauty of the Klein River; 21 hectares, north facing wit

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Sleeps: 10

Fairhill Nature Reserve and Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in De Kelders

23.3km South West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Fairhill Nature Reserve & Guest House provides self catering accommodation in the Stanford and De Kelders area in the Overberg and Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. Treat yourself to a unique fynbos experience in the heart of the beautiful Cape Over

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Sleeps: 7
From R 2 500,00
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Lagoon View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Stanford

27.6km West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Lagoon View offers self catering accommodation in Hermanus in the Wetsern Cape's Overberg and Whale Coast region. Looking for a quiet self catering getaway with fantastic views. This large stylish home (sleeps 7) overlooks the Hermanus Lagoon and is ideal

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Pearly Beach Holiday House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pearly Beach

27.8km South of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Pearly Beach is a small coastal town approximately 20km from Gansbaai and about 2.5 hours' drive from Cape Town. The beaches of Pearly Beach are legendary with white Sandy beaches extending for miles where one can take long, lazy uninterrupted...

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 500,00
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Skipskop

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pearly Beach

27.9km South of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Skipskop offers beachfront self catering accommodation in Pearly Beach near Gansbaai in the Western Cape's Overberg / Whale Coast region. This brand new self catering beach house accommodates: (Sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms). Two bedrooms are furnis

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Sleeps: 6

Dunwurkun - Uilenkraalsmond Cabin

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gansbaai

28.8km South West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Dunwurkun - Uilenkraalsmond Cabin provides self catering accommodation overlooking the lagoon in Franskraal near Gansbaai in the Western Cape's Overgerg / Whale Coast region. Located close to Franskraal Beach, Uilenkraalsmond resort-cabin (Sleeps 6) compr

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Ons Kraal Holidays

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gansbaai

29.6km South West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Ons Kraal Holidays offers a self catering house in Franskraal near Gansbaai in the Overberg & Whale Route region in the Western Cape. This upmarket self catering holiday home (sleeps 2 to 8 people) which is situated in the peaceful town of Franskraal near

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Sea Star Cliff

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gansbaai

29.7km South West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Sea Star Cliff is a luxury lodge providing guest house accommodation in De Kelders, Gansbaai in the Overberg and Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. The luxuriously appointed guesthouse was designed and decorated with luxury in mind to create a perfec

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 450,00
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Whale Cove A104

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gansbaai

30.2km South West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Whale Cove A104 offers self catering apartment accommodation on the beachfront at De Kelders, Gansbaai in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. Whale Cove A104 (sleeps 6) is a four-star rated, three bedroom, two bathroom luxury apartme

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Sleeps: 8

Franskraals Heaven-on-Sea

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gansbaai

31.2km South West of center of Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Franskraals Heaven-On-Sea provides self catering accommodation in Franskraal near Gansbaai in the Western Cape's Overberg & Whale Coast region. This self catering house (sleeps 8) has the perfect location, right on the seafront. Accommodation comprises of

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