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Flower Valley Farm

Flower Valley Farm is the home of Flower Valley Conservation Trust. It’s a Fynbos Reserve – a 540-hectare property based just outside the town of Gansbaai (close to Hermanus) in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Here you’ll experience flourishing fynbos and forests:

Sandstone Fynbos

A walk through our upper slopes will lead you through Critically Endangered Overberg Sandstone Fynbos – characterised by Proteas, Ericas and Restios.

Agulhas Limestone Fynbos

Closer to the farmstead, you’ll find Agulhas Limestone Fynbos (listed as Vulnerable) – dominated by taller proteoid shrubland.

Afromontane indigenous forest

Our Afromontane indigenous forest, called the Stinkhoutsbos Forest, is located in a valley on the farm. The tall ancient trees here are made up of Olinia ventosa, Rapanea melanophloeos and Celtis Africana – and are reminiscent (albeit smaller in size) of the great forests of the south coast.

Wetland patches

Our wetland patches are connected to our perennial streams – providing water for our wildlife throughout the year (many are fed by a permanent spring).

Flower Valley Farm

400+

There are more than 400 fynbos species on Flower Valley Farm – many Critically Endangered, and some ONLY found on our Fynbos Reserve and surrounds, and nowhere else globally.

Wildlife

Flower Valley Farm also provides a sanctuary to many wildlife species

– The shy and secretive Cape Leopard
– Antelope such as the Cape Grysbok, Grey Rhebuck and Cape Bushbuck
– The Cape Clawless Otter
– Birds of prey, such as the Verreaux’s Eagle, Fish Eagle, Black Harrier and more 
– Fynbos endemic birds, such as the Cape Sugarbird and a variety of sunbirds
– A wide range of pollinators and critters, such as the Dung Beetle
– And even a fynbos fish species, the Critically Endangered Galaxias sp. Nov. ‘zebratus Slender’.

VISIT FLOWER VALLEY FARM

What can you do on Flower Valley Farm?

Hiking

We offer four hiking trails spread over the Farm – taking you through fynbos, and to our Stinkhoutsbos Forest. Trails are between 3km and 8km, and most are relatively easy. Some of our slightly tougher trails will take you to our mountain peaks, offering amazing views of the surrounding landscape and the ocean.

Hiking trips cost R50 per person. (Please note: Flower Valley Farm is open for hiking now, although we adhere to strict COVID-19 regulations. Please wear your masks when you enter our buildings and offices. And please maintain social distancing during your hike).

Mountain Biking

The Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy’s Klipspringer Mountain Bike Trail passes through Flower Valley Farm. There are a range of distances available for cyclists. The starting point is Lomond Wine Farm. 

R40 per person (which supports conservation activities in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy). (Please note: Flower Valley Farm is open for mountain biking now, although we adhere to strict COVID-19 regulations. Please wear your masks when you enter our buildings and offices. And please maintain social distancing during your cycle).

Accommodation

Our self-catering accommodation: 

The price is R1000 for 4 guests per night, and R200/person extra (maximum 6 people).

(Please note: Flower Valley Farm’s self-catering accommodation is open for visitors, although we adhere to strict COVID-19 regulations. Please wear your masks when you enter our buildings and offices. And please maintain social distancing during your trips on the farm).

Our hours and schedule FOR DAY VISITORS:

Flower Valley Farm Offices are open to visitors 9am – 4pm daily, except for the weekend. We are open on a Saturday by appointment only, and closed on Sundays (for day visitors. If you’re staying in our accommodation, we’re open 7 days a week).

And if you decide to come hike over a weekend, we’ve got an honesty box for you to make use of.

Day visitors: 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 Wilma on (028) 388 0713 or info@flowervalley.co.za.

Tour Groups

All-inclusive Tour Package (our tours are OPEN, but adhere to strict COVID-19 restrictions)

Our tour group package includes a 30-minute presentation on Flower Valley by conservation staff, coffee and tea, followed by a guided walk through the fynbos. (R200 per person; please book prior to your visit). Contact Wilma on (028) 388 0713 or info@flowervalley.co.za for more information.

ACCOMMODATION

How about a fynbos weekend or holiday? 

  • 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 farmhouse on your return.
  • Get cozy in the farmhouse – enjoying the lovely quiet of the Fynbos-covered mountains.
  • And then how about a little mountain bike in the early evening – before enjoying a braai (or meal cooked in our spacious kitchen)?

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.

The price is R1000 for 4 guests per night, and R200/person extra (maximum 6 people).

When you get to Flower Valley Farm, come say Hi at our reception. There you’ll meet a Flower Valley team member (or we’ll confirm all the arrangements with you prior to your arrival if we’re not there).

Or contact Wilma for more info: (028) 388 0713 or info@flowervalley.co.za.

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