Guided by resident conservationist and botanist, Frank Woodvine, an honorary member of Fernkloof Nature Reserve – with nearly 60 years experience and accumulated knowledge of the Cape Floral Kingdom
Three hikes graded as Yellow Route (45 minutes), Green Route (60 minutes) and Red Route (a two and a half hour hike)
The Red Route has been extended to include a Forest Loop in the Galpin Kloof. This afro-montane forest is one of the few surviving on the northern slopes of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It is the only section of land on the estate sheltered from the strong winds and veld fires, allowing fine specimens of Rooiels (Gunonia Capensis), Boekenhout (Rapanea Melanophloes), Cape Holly (Ilex Mitis) and others to flourish. The Forest Loop trail reaches a small, grassy sward at the foot of a waterfall that is ideal for a picnic.
More than 330 plant species have been identified on the farm.
Walks may also include exciting sightings such as The Witsenia Maura (commonly known as the “Bokmakierieriet”) which was thought to be locally extinct in the greater Hermanus region; the first bloom of the Gladiolus bullatus, also known as the Caledon Bluebell; and many different species of Erica and Protea.
Hikers may spot South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane, as well as grysbok antelope and mongoose. Occassionally walkers come across footprints of the elusive Cape mountain leopard.
Back at the cellar, if you choose to have a wine tasting, there is a choice of 9 wines. A tasting of 3 wines cost R20 per person; a tasting of 6 wines cost R40 per person.
All walking trails on the farm are available free of charge to self-guided hikers – please collect maps and sign indemnity forms at the cellar door