Creation Wines is situated on the R320 wine route, just outside the scenic coastal resort town of Hermanus in Walker Bay, South Africa in a wine growing area known as the Hemel-en-Aarde. Many visitors to the area are drawn to the exceptionally high quality, cool climate wines produced by the handful of boutique producers that have established themselves in a wine region most well known for producing Pinot Noir.
Many travellers also visit Hermanus because of its famed reputation as the premier land-based whale watching site in the world, with the annual migration of the Southern Right whale into the warm waters of Walker Bay for the calving season. Hermanus, however, has many other wonderful natural features which guests can enjoy when visiting the region:
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Declared a reserve by the Provincial Council in 1957, Fernkloof Nature Reserve comprises nearly 2000 hectares of pristine land bordering the town of Hermanus, along the Kleinrivier Mountain Range and even includes a major portion of the coastal cliff paths that abut the Indian Ocean. It forms an integral part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the six recognised Floral Kingdoms internationally – there is no other place on earth where such a wide variety of plats can be found in such close proximity to each other.
A multitude of hiking trails criss-cross the reserve, allowing hikers at any level to find a suitable trail and explore the more than 1600 species that have been identified as growing in the reserve – more than in the entire United Kingdom! With access being free of charge, this is certainly a highlight of any nature lover’s stay in Hermanus. Aside from the magical fynbos the reserve is also known for its rich birdlife (over 130 species recorded) and the myriad of wildlife that inhabit it.
Granted Blue Flag status, Grotto Beach is a massive stretch of soft white sand between the ocean, the towering mountains and the Kleinrivier Lagoon – a dramatic and beautiful setting that is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike – perfect for long walks, beach games, swimming and sun-tanning, it has generous parking areas and is serviced by a fantastic little restaurant called Dutchies, the perfect place to end a day at the beach with sundowners.
At 18km, the beach is large enough to accommodate everyone even on the busiest summer days, there is a park for children and the waves are perfect for body-boarders, and for those who own pets, the beach is dog friendly, as long as the dogs are on a leash and any and all waste matter is picked up by the owner. Lifeguards are on duty during peak season and there are numerous educational and charity initiatives to join such as Coastcare Working, coastal monitoring by schools and the Adopt-a-beach initiative.
Water based activities are popular throughout the year, not just during the whale watching season, and there is no better way to experience the beauty and magic of the ocean than by getting up close in a sea kayak. Walker Bay Adventures offers tours around the bay with an experienced guide in state of the art kayaks who will help you to discover the ocean in a responsible manner.
Operating within a marine reserve, the guides are not only experts in safety and ocean first aid, but are also aware of their responsibility to make as little impact (be it noise and environmental pollution or disturbing the delicate balance of the eco-system). The advanced equipment and stable kayaks mean that anyone can hop on, and stay on. On their tours, which usually last 2 hours, you will enjoy sightings of cape fur seals, penguins, cormorants and other sea birds and marine mammals.