Salmonsdam Nature Reserve is well known for its abundance of birdlife, mountain fynbos and beautiful waterfalls. The reserve lies 20km east of Stanford, at the foot of the Perdeberg Mountains, on the south-western Cape coast. Salmonsdam attracts bird watchers, hikers and other nature enthusiasts.
The area is named after Captain Robert Salmon of the ill-fated HMS Birkenhead, which sank at Danger Point in 1852. The reserve was established in 1962 and comprises an area of 834 hectares. It forms part of the catchment area of the Paardenberg River, which joins the Uilenkraals River south of the reserve. Salmonsdam’s topography clearly illustrates how a mountain catchment area functions, making it ideal for environmental education.
From Hermanus, head for Stanford. From there take the R326 (known as the Caledon Road) up towards the N2. After about 4 km, take the dirt road turn-off to the right. You should see the sign. Follow it and others to Salmonsdam.
Salmonsdam Nature Reserve