funkyfynbosA new festival will showcase the best of the fynbos in the Overberg, including Flower
Valley Conservation Trust’s fynbos-covered landscapes and the Trust’s work in fynbos conservation. The Funky Fynbos Festival will be held between 12 and 14 September 2014 in and around Gansbaai. It will include activities for tourists on Flower Valley Farm.

The Funky Fynbos Festival replaces the ‘Fees van die Ganse’ festival, previously held in Gansbaai. It’s aimed to cater for the fynbos-loving locals, and the many tourists in the area in September for the Spring break, enjoying whale-watching activities.

The festival will offer an array of outdoor and indoor activities, both in Gansbaai, and on the surrounding fynbos farms in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. The festival’s central point will be based at De Uiljenes, a wedding and accommodation venue in the conservancy. From there, visitors will be able to travel by tractor and horse carts to neighbouring farms, including Flower Valley Farm.

The weekend will encourage visitors to get back in touch with nature – by offering horse rides, forest and fynbos hikes, reforestation and nursery activities, fishing and through a fynbos and invasive alien clearing display. It will also feature the best of the region’s produce, from wine to potjiekos.

For the more adventurous, a mountain bike race and an adventure race are also being planned. A 40km, 30km and 10km mountain bike race will test riders over the fynbos mountains, while a 30km adventure run is in the offing. Sheep shearing and quad biking will also entertain many of the more robust festival-goers.

A festival committee is in the process of finalising the activities and arrangements, and more information will be made available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, contact Mariana Smal for more information. Email:, or cell: 079 951 0455.