Flower Valley Conservation Trust has entered into a joint venture partnership with Grootbos Nature Reserve. Together we offer accommodation at Fynbos Retreat – a neighbouring farm which is of vital conservation value for its critically endangered Overberg Sandstone fynbos and limestone fynbos (endemic to the Agulhas Plain). One Erica species is found only on Fynbos Retreat, and nowhere else on the planet. Fynbos Retreat offers three fully-furnished self-catering houses, overlooking the spectacular fynbos mountains and dams. Arum Lily House sleeps up to 12 people, Fountain Bush House sleeps up to six people, and the Sewejaartjie Cottage accommodates two people.
All offer facilities perfect for both summer and winter – from breezy, open-plan homes and balconies, to cosy fireplaces and comfy beds. Fynbos Retreat also offers a number of activities, from hiking, mountain-biking, bird-watching, swimming, or simply being at one with nature in this tranquil setting. For more, visit www.fynbosretreat.com. Or contact Perdita du Bois: Tel. +27 06 03597086 or +27 82 4144586
The Trust works with Walker Bay Trails, to collectively promote the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy (of which Flower Valley is a member) to potential hikers. A three-day hiking trail, during which hikers cross Fynbos Retreat and Flower Valley Farm, was launched in 2011. The trail, called The Fynbos Trail, covers sections through fynbos-covered mountains, afromontane forests and milkwood forests.Visit www.walkerbaytrails.co.za for more.
The Fynbos Trail passes through the site of restoration of the Stinkhoutsbos Forest on Flower Valley Farm. The Stinkhoutsbos Forest Restoration Project is a joint initiative between Flower Valley and Walker Bay Trails. This forest was severely affected in the early 1940s, when Italian prisoners of the Second World War were told to cut out many of the mature Stinkwoods and other trees of this forest for building. Then in 2006, the forest was damaged in a massive wildfire, which destroyed 50,000 hectares on the Agulhas Plain. To help restore the forest, hikers can today purchase and plant a tree, and assist in the care of the forest. More
Flower Valley Conservation Trust wishes to play its role in bringing tourists to the beautiful, yet relatively little-known Agulhas Plain and Overstrand region. By working with our partners and neighbours, we together offer a tourism destination like no other in the world. This collaboration, through the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy and the ‘Uilkraal Vallei’ partnership hopes to not only entice tourists to visit, but also to convince them to remain in our region for longer.