October19

534 Southern Right Whales counted this year

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Whale watching has been an exciting adventure  for those of us who have been lucky enough to visit Hermanus this year both from the cliff path with binoculars and digital cameras and from close proximity on the whale watching boats. The whales were frolicking all over the bay.

The Good news reported today in the Hermanus Times:

According to the MRI ( Mammal Research Institute) whale unit, 534 Southern Right Whales were counted during the aerial survey of which 183 were calves. Woweee!!!! such great news after last year’s very low numbers.

According to the MRI whale unit they are even able to identify each female by the callosity pattern on their heads which allows them to record the number of calving females along the coastline.

We wish all our whale pods including the 183 babies a safe trip home to the Antartic. Travel safe and feed well on the Krill until you return next year to amaze us once again. MWWWHHAA!

January17

Fisherhaven Travellers Lodge

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Fisherhaven Travellers Lodge would like to welcome and offer you the opportunity of ‘taking- that- break -away’

There are various affordable room options available to accommodate your holiday requirements. Breakfast is available on request or you can prepare your own meals in the fully equipped guest kitchen / indoor barbeque facility in the poolroom.

Come and experience the peace, tranquility and beauty of the surrounds. Fisherhaven is proud to be the home of a herd of the Rooisand wild horses, the only wild horses in South Africa. We are ideally situated on the Whale Coast route enabling you the chance to explore the different towns of interest including; Bot River, Kleinmond, Bettys Bay, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai to mention a few which offer exciting activities such as:shark cage diving, whale watching, hiking, mountain biking,fishing, kayaking , power boating, sailing,body surfing, wind surfing, horse riding, wine/ beer tasting,abseiling,quad biking and bird watching. Closer to home, the Bot River Lagoon is a mere 2km from the Lodge where you can enjoy hours of water, sand and fun in the sun.

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August6

Wine Hoppers in Hermanus

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Fisherhaven Travellers Lodge Guest, whether your’e a wine connoisseur or not, afford us the opportunity of assisting you to remove the effort out of having an enjoyable time exploring the wide selection of wine tasting venues on picturesque wine farms in the Overberg. The choice of  wine routes are plentiful ranging from the Elim wine route all the way to the Elgin wine route. We can book a tour on your behalf  with Wine Hoppers in Hermanus for a carefree & unforgettable experience.

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July15

Great White Shark cage diving- Marine Dynamics

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Fisherhaven Travellers Lodge is ready to assist you, the guest, in making this dream a reality. We make the booking on your behalf.

Prepare to be enthralled!!!!!

Below a taste of the unforgettable moments you too could expect to encounter as did Annabel Fenwick Elliot while cage diving.

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May22

African Black Oystercatcher

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The African black oystercatcher otherwise known as Haematopus Moquini.

This beautiful bird with its jet black plumage, orange circled eyes, legs and dagger- shaped beak has captured our attention during our walks here at the Bot River Mouth and various beaches of Hermanus, Western Cape.             DSC_0060                                                                                                                      The first thing that always draws our attention to their presence while walking on the beach is the cute   unmistakable squeaky-bath-toy sound they make while flying.

It is said the African black oyster catcher mates for life and pairs have been know to live up to 20 years. Wow,what an example of loyalty.                                                                                                             DSC_0064   DSC_0073

More interesting facts:

The birds that live on sandy shores eat sand mussels.

The estuarine birds eat cockles and pencil- bait.  

The birds start breeding at 3-4 years of age.                                                                                                                                 Both parents incubate the eggs which hatch after 32 days.  

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These birds have been observed to flock or form clubs during the non breeding season as a means of protection. from predators.                                                                                                              DSC_0601                                                                                                                                    Their natural predators are foxes, jackals,genets,snakes and gulls. Holiday makers and dogs are an additional threat. Thankfully beach driving has been banned.    

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The birds that live on rocky shores are said to feed on mainly mussels and limpets and fish not oysters.    

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This species is now listed as “Near Threatened”

Thanks to the Oystercatcher Conservation Programme initiated by the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, the numbers are on the rise again.

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Bird lovers will enjoy observing these and many other species in their natural habitat frequenting Fisherhaven and the shores and cliff paths of Hermanus and surrounds.

May8

Kayaking on the Bot River Lagoon

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Fisherhaven Traveller’s Lodge offers kayaking trips on the Bot River Lagoon to guests, weather permitting.

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May7

Casual walk from Grotto Beach to Sopiesklip

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Sopiesklip, a tourist attraction for visitors to Hermanus who enjoy exploring.

Curiosity got the better of us after hearing stories of a hollow in a rock with a carved doorway.

We parked our car, kicked off the shoes and began our walk along the sandy beach at Grotto beach.

Watching the birds flying above and frolicking in the waves as they washed the shore kept me mesmerized for most of the walk except for the few times I stopped to pick up an extraordinary shaped stone or shell.

The entire trip there and back took us approximately 3 hours.

The next time I do this trip along the beach, I will be wearing a comfortable pair of walking shoes and bringing along a ruck sack with water or juice.☺

Some of the interesting stories that happened here through the ages;

Sopiesklip was the halfway point along the coast for Gansbaaiers en route to Hermanus and it may have earned it’s name as the ideal place to rest and have something to drink ( ‘n sopie whisky’) before moving on. The soft beach sand must have made it a tiring and tough journey with the ox wagons. “In the footsteps of Lady Ann Barnard” written by Jose Burman

It has also been told that, “in the old days”, when the boats were still manned by rowing teams and sails, the strong winds and current would push the fishing boats into the middle of Walker bay and they would wash up at Sopiesklip.    Through the years the fishermen carved this hollow in the rock and stored glass bottles of brandy with ropes attached in the cave. A place to shelter from the cold wind, waves and have a nip of brandy to keep warm.

Mr Brian Macfarland( Senior) also has a story about an old German called Otto, a recluse, who used to go fishing on a thick – wheel bicycle. He got tired of going up to the rock outcrop and back to Hermanus so he stayed in the cave house which he named, “Die Paradys”

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Rocky outcrop

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Beautiful rock formations…….natural artwork on the sand.

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I made it!

July29

Flock of Greater Flamingos spotted at Bot River Lagoon

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Greater Flamingo scientifically classified as ‘phoenicopterus roseus’

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They appear mostly white at rest.                                                                                                                                                   DSC_0658  DSC_0660

In flight you can clearly see the salmon- pink on the wings and the black flight feathers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DSC_0664  DSC_0665

This is the larger of the two African flamingos.They have very long legs and neck.

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The face and bill are pale pink with a black bill tip.                                                                                                                          DSC_0673  DSC_0685

What a pleasure to observe this beautiful flock enjoying new feeding grounds as the Bot River Lagoon fills up.

July19

Black Shouldered Kite

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My husband and I spotted this magnificient adult Black Shouldered Kite sitting on a telephone pole on our way to the Bot River Lagoon mouth with a dead rodent clutched firmly in its claws.

You can clearly see the grey and white feathers, distinctive black shoulder patches and striking red eyes with beautiful white tail.

This beautiful open- country raptor often perches on telephone poles and lines and hunts from these high up positions mainly for small diurnal rodents. It also hunts by hovering and then parachuting onto prey with wings forming a deep V

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July9

Hiking

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There are a number of hiking trails starting in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve varying in time, distance and difficulty.

There are Day Hikes:

Perdeberg Trail which is classified as moderate to long,  22 km, approximately 7 – 8 hours.

Palmiet River Walk which is classified as easy, 10 km, easy, 3 hours.

Oudebosch – Leopard’s Gorge which is classified as moderate, 3 – 4 hours.

Kogelberg Trail which is classified as moderate to long, 24km, 8 hours.

Three Sisters which is classified as moderate , 8km, 4 hours.

Other Trails:

Houwhoek Trail which is classified as moderate, 8km, 3 hours.

Rooisand Ramble which is classified as easy, 5km, 2 hours.

Hangklip/Brodie Link which is classified as easy, 3km, 1 – 2 hours.

Enquiries:                   Reservations:

Tel: 028 271 5138       227 362 8873

There is an opportunity while the Bot River Lagoon mouth is closed for those who would like to go on a leisurely scenic hike along the beach from the Botriver Lagoon to Kleinmond.

This is an easy, 7km walk.

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Below are some photos of our last trip:

Bot River Lagoon with Kogelberg mountain in the background

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Looking back to see Hawston in the background.

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Kleinmond up ahead

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Zooming in on what’s ahead

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Finally here ….ending the hike with something to eat and drink at the restaurant up ahead,

Sandown Blues Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

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