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Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, Stanford

Salmonsdam Stanford, Overberg

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve is renowned for its mountainous landscape twittering with birdlife. The fynbos covered slopes, waterfalls, forested kloofs with towering Cape beech and spoonwood trees, attract birders, hikers and anyone who loves nature.

Just 20km east of Stanford, at the foot of the Perdeberg mountains, Salmonsdam, was established in 1962 as part of the catchment area of the Perdeberg River, and comprises an area of 834ha. In the low lying vlei area there are fountain bush, reeds, water heath and various geophytes.

According to local tradition, the area was named after Captain Robert Salmond of the ill-fated HMS Birkenhead which sank at Danger Point in 1852.

More than 120 species of birds have been recorded including various sunbirds and kingfishers, Cape rockjumper and black eagle. A bird list is available on request.

The reserve is home to various antelope, including bontebok, klipspringer, grey duiker and grey rhebuck, as well as baboons and numerous small mammals.

There are three on day hiking trails, all beautifully scenic.

Salmonsdam Hiking Map

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Mountain Trail: A circular trail beginning at the foot of Perdeberg and leading to a look-out with views of Walker Bay, Caledon and Bredasdorp. (± 7km)

Ravine Trail: An out and back route leading through Keeromskloof, past interesting rock formations and caves, and through small patches of indigenous forest. (± 4km)

Waterfall Trail: An out-and-back route leading through thick fynbos to the waterfall, and featuring indigenous trees such as Cape beech and spoonwood. (± 3km)

The reserve has three basic overnight cabins and ten camping sites. The cabins have beds, mattresses, gas stoves and fridges but visitors will need to bring bedding. Cooking and eating utensils are provided. Ablution and washing facilities with hot water are available but there is no electricity.

Enquiries: Tel: (028) 341 0018: (028) 314 0062: Email. Reservations: Tel: (021) 659 3500: Email:  Website.

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