The Fynbos Trail, the hiking trail that traverses Flower Valley Farm, is featured in the latest Country Life. The magazine describes the three-day trail in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy as a “true voyage of discovery”.
The hiking trail also stops off at Fynbos Retreat for one night. Fynbos Retreat is the joint venture between Flower Valley and Grootbos Nature Reserve. The accommodation is described as “very comfortable”.
According to journalist Fiona McIntosh, “The Fynbos Trail is as much about the amazing people and stories of this fascinating region: how European settlers came to settle the farms through which you hike, how modern man has thrived along this fertile coastline, and the wonderful work that Grootbos Nature Reserve and Flower Valley Conservation Trust are doing to conserve the environment and support local communities.”
The hikers were shown fauna and flora that can only be found along this specific trail, including the Aloe juddi and the Erica irregularis. Thirty-four bird species have been sighted along the route, including the Forest Buzzard, the Cape Batis and the African Paradise-Flycatcher. Many mammals have also been spotted, such as the honey badger and bushbuck.
McIntosh writes, “A steep climb out of the valley takes you onto the limestone hills of the Agulhas Plain. The fynbos here is very uncommon so it’s a real privilege to encounter some of the rare endemic species.”
The hike was guided by Sean Privett, Flower Valley Trustee and Grootbos Nature Reserve’s Conservation Director. However, unguided hikes are also available to walkers. Visit:http://www.walkerbaytrails.co.za/ for more.
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