Flower Valley Farm – Protecting our fynbos and fynbos animals
Flower Valley Farm, based just outside Gansbaai and Hermanus in the Western Cape of South Africa, is a showcase for flourishing fynbos and well-functioning ecosystems. The 540-hectare farm is home to many critically endangered lowland fynbos species. It has been cleared of all invasive alien plants with regular follow up carried out to remove any new growth.
But fynbos is more than a vegetation type: it is also the hiding place of many animals whose existence depends on fynbos. Some of those endangered or rare species found on Flower Valley Farm – and that we actively work to protect through care for our farm, include:
– The Cape Leopard
– The Cape Grysbok
– Verreaux’s Eagle
– Cape Clawless Otter
And many more…
How about a fynbos weekend or holiday?
Here’s an idea:
- Stay over in our self-catering guest accommodation on Flower Valley Farm.
- On a cool early morning (after a quick coffee), experience the fresh air and untouched fynbos on a hike through our mountains, and through our lush green forest.
- Cook up a hearty brunch in the farm house on your return.
- Ease off beside our dam and pond in the warm afternoon.
- And then how about a little mountain bike in the early evening – before enjoying an outside braai in the summer night?
These are some of the activities you can enjoy on a stay over in our farm house on Flower Valley Farm. The house is rustic and provides a nice breakaway from technology (there’s no TV, but there is wi-fi).
What we offer
- Two bedrooms – with five beds
- One and a half bathrooms
- A large kitchen
- Safe parking
- A large garden, overlooking pristine fynbos mountains
- Hiking trails
- Mountain bike trails (the Klipspringer Trail)
- And easy access to towns like Kleinbaai (shark cage diving and whale watching), Gansbaai, Stanford and even Hermanus.
What the guests say:
“Marianna’s place is definitely worth a visit if you want to escape from the city stress and be technology free. The actual accommodation is quite basic and rustic – but had everything you need. If you are a big fan of luxurious hotel rooms – this is not for you. This place is best for just getting out into the wilderness and enjoying the hikes, scenery and general ‘chilling’ with friends or family. People who enjoy the simple things in life and don’t dwell on materialistic things would love this place. The scenery and surrounding area is beautiful.”
The price is R1200 for 4 guests per night, and R200/person extra (maximum 6 people).
What can you do on Flower Valley Farm?
When you get to Flower Valley Farm, come say Hi at our reception. There you’ll meet Flower Valley’s Marianna Afrikaner and other Flower Valley staff. Marianna can tell you about our offering on the farm. These include:
Four hiking trails spread over the Farm – taking you through our often-threatened fynbos, and to our Stinkhoutsbos Forest (R80 per person).
The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy’s Klipspringer Mountain Bike Trail has a starting point of Flower Valley Farm. There are four route options here, ranging from 8km to 31km. (R40 per person & there is an honesty box).
Tractor rides give you the pleasure of viewing the fynbos whilst breathing in the crystal clear air. They cost R140 per person, but if you can organise a group of 10 or more, then it is R100 per person. Booking is essential beforehand.
The Farm is open to visitors 9am – 4pm daily, except for the weekend. We are open on a Saturday by appointment only, and closed on Sundays. And if you decide to come hike over a weekend, we’ve got an honesty box for you to make use of.
Also take note – we are closed on public holidays. (We also need a little time to recharge our batteries.)
Bring friends and family, pack yourself a picnic and come enjoy some quality time in the flora. Contact Marianna on (028) 388 0713 or email@example.com
Standard Tour Package
This tour group package includes a 15 minute welcome and introduction on Flower Valley Farm, coffee and tea, followed by a walk through the fynbos. (R100 per person; please book prior to your visit). Picnics baskets can be organised 5 days in advance with extra costs involved.
All-inclusive Tour Package
This tour group package includes a 30 minute presentation on Flower Valley by conservation staff, coffee and tea, a 30 min tractor ride, followed by a walk through the fynbos. (R200 per person; please book prior to your visit). Picnics baskets can be organised 5 days in advance with extra costs involved.
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We are situated between Stanford and Gansbaai, in the Western Cape, South Africa.
S 34° 33′ 3.3834″ E 19° 28′ 11.9274″