Our Hiking TrailS
Flower Valley Farm
Pincushion Hill Trail
The Pincushion Hill hiking trail is beautiful every day of the year.
The trail is especially striking during the months of October and November, when the Leucospermum cordifolium and Leucospermum patersonii light up the Flower Valley mountain sides. The hike is just over 3km – and includes the most wonderful views.
Gansbaai Hiking Trail
Here’s what could catch your eye during the Pincushion Hill Trail
The Pincushion Hill Trail starts at the amphitheatre, just behind the Flower Valley farmstead (this is the starting point for all our trails). If you stand on the amphitheatre, with the farmstead behind you, you’ll see the road lead up the mountains to your right (signposted as the Stinkhoutsbos, Pincushion Hill, Wonky Hill and Lomond Trails).
For the first 0.7km of the trail, all the trails follow the same route. Then the Pincushion path splits off to the right, taking you past a wide array of Fynbos species, such as the Mimetes cucullatus and Leucadendron tinctum.
It’s a reasonable climb for 1.5km (nothing too strenuous though). But it leads you to the highest point of the trail, looking towards the ocean, and over the dam at neighbouring Lomond Wine Farm.
From here it’s mostly downhill. At around 2.6km, the road splits again. This is not signposted, but keep right here (you will see that you’re heading downhill, towards a small dam on Flower Valley Farm). Then at 2.7km, the road splits again. Here you can go left – this path will take you around and then right past the dam (and close to all the wonderful froggie sounds). Keep an eye out for crabs here, as well as evidence of Cape Clawless Otter.
Past the dam, you enter Pincushion Alley – where you’re surrounded by tall pincushions (again, a wonderful sight when they’re in full flower).
The route then takes you past our Early Childhood Development Outdoor Classroom – a garden that has been carefully curated to introduce young children to this wonderful fynbos world (it’s also where many teachers who work in our ECD programme have the opportunity to reconnect with nature).
Then follow the path back to the homestead – to relax at our self-catering accommodation (if you booked in there), or to chat to our Flower Valley team at the offices.
Enjoy your hike!
Other special species you could see along the Pincushion Hill Trail.
Erica imbricata and plukenetii
VISIT FLOWER VALLEY FARM
A couple of reminders:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few hiking tips for you:
- Always take water with you, even if it’s a short hike.
- Hike in pairs of two or more.
- Remember you’re in a wild landscape, so please keep an eye out for our wildlife, including a few passing snakes on a hot day.
- Please don’t hike on very hot and windy days during summer – especially when there’s the danger of runaway wildfire.
- Bear in mind that cellphone signal is sometimes a little spotty along the path.
- Enjoy the wonders of fynbos, and all the fynbos birds, the small antelope, and the little critters that live on Flower Valley Farm.
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Fynbos faces extreme threats. Many fynbos species have already gone extinct. Others literally stand on the brink of extinction. Act today, to stop the extinction spiral of this truly South African floral heritage.