The half hour Milkwood trail takes hikers through an ancient milkwood forest with stunning milkwood, wild olive, fine leafed ironwood and white stinkwood trees, past the spring that bubbles out of the limestone hills and around the dam back to the farm house.
The three to four hour waterfall trail takes hikers down the Witvoetskloof valley through stands of beautiful pincushions, proteas and an amazing diversity of fynbos, over boardwalks across the stream and into a lush afromontane forest with ancient trees and a sparkling waterfall. The route then heads out the valley to the north and back along old flower picking jeep tracks through the fynbos to the starting point.
The Grootberg trail follows the same route as the waterfall trail as far as the waterfall and then heads across the stream to the south via a wooden bridge, up a valley with beautiful limestone fynbos and on to the summit of Ben Lomond – the highest peak in the region. From the summit hikers have beautiful views of Dyer Island and Pearly Beach to the south and Walker Bay and Hermanus to the west. The trail leads back down to Fynbos Retreat from the summit and in total takes approximately three to four hours to complete.
For day visitors, the above trails costs R40 per person. Please pre book or pay Manager on arrival.
The Fynbos trail is a three day hiking experience that takes walkers along a beautiful trail through coastal and mountain fynbos, remote forests and fascinating environmental and social projects. The trail stretches over a distance of 26 kilometres through the hills and valleys in the Walker Bay region between the villages of Stanford and Gansbaai in the Western Cape region of South Africa. The trail has been cut in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy (www.fynbos.co.za) and links together a number of natural, historical, cultural and social attractions on private properties within the Walker Bay region. The Fynbos Trail is all about experiencing the amazing stories of this special region. Enjoy the fantastic vistas, fynbos covered hills and valleys, forests, beautiful secluded accommodation, great local cuisine, expert guiding and wonderful hospitality. Learn how modern man thrived along this fertile coastline, how European settlers came to settle on the farms through which you hike, the amazing stories of the fynbos and forests through which you pass and the wonderful work that Grootbos Nature Reserve and Flower Valley Conservation Trust are doing to conserve and support local communities.
By hiking the trail you will be contributing directly towards the conservation and social development work of the partners within the conservancy. Funds generated by the trail are re-invested by the conservancy into clearing alien vegetation, managing fire and documenting and monitoring flora and fauna within the conservancy. Your meals along the route are made with fresh organic food produced by the trainees at the Growing the Future sustainable agriculture and Life Skills College. The lunch at Flower Valley is made by ladies from the farm supporting the livelihoods of the farm workers (www.flowervalley.org.za). All hikers on the trail get the opportunity to plant an indigenous tree as part of the Future Trees forest restoration project at Stinkhoutsbos – a beautiful indigenous forest that was badly burnt during a huge wild fire in 2006. The trees for this forest restoration project have been locally grown by the students of the Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills Project (www.greenfutures.co.za) which you will visit on completion of the trail at Grootbos.
The overnight accommodation along the trail is at two beautiful, secluded properties. The first night is spent at Fynbos Retreat while the second night is spent at Witkrans (www.witkrans.com). The trail can be undertaken on a self-guided, self-catered option through to a fully catered option with luggage transport and guide. The price ranges from R750 to R2200 per person depending on the option and time/season taken. The trail is situated just two hours from Cape Town and is home to an amazing diversity of fynbos and forest habitats. Many rare and endangered plant species grow along the trail. On the trail you can learn about the remarkable diversity and fascinating ecology of the fynbos. More than 800 fynbos plant species have been identified along the route. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.walkerbaytrails.co.za.