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          • New hiking routes on Fynbos Retreat

            We are excited to have opened up three new hiking and/or trail running routes on Fynbos Retreat. All three routes are circular starting at the accommodation ( 34°31’44.46″S, 19°29’23.41″E).

            The half hour Milkwood trail provides a relatively flat, circular route that is ideal for White stinkwood - photo Sean Bradychildren or a short, easy stroll. The route starts above the level playing field at Arum Lily House and takes walkers into the ancient milkwood forest above the dam. Here you will encounter some magnificent old milkwoods, white stinkwood and wild olive trees. In the middle of the forest the path passes above the Witvoetskloof spring that bubbles out of the ground below the limestone cliffs and provides the source of the farms water supply. The trail then runs in a clockwise direction around the dam through some wetlands and dune fynbos and back to the Fynbos Retreat Houses.water trampolines australia

            The Grootberg trail is 6.5km long and takes hikers to the summit of Grootberg at 409m with spectacular views of ocean and fynbos. The trail then drops down into the Waterfall hiking trail close to HermanusWitvoetskloof forest where hikers reach a beautiful waterfall under the canopy of ancient forest trees. Here you enter a completely different world of ancient trees, lichens, mosses and dappled shade.  After leaving the waterfall the trail heads up the valley through the forest criss-crossing the stream on a beautiful path with boardwalks and bridges. Having passed many ancient indigenous trees the trail exits the forest up a short steep section of
            wooden steps and boardwalk. The trail then winds its way up the Witvoetskloof Valley for about 1.5 km through lush riverine vegetation and finally through
            stands of proteas and pincushions back to the start at Fynbos Retreat.


            The 6km Waterfall trail winds down through fields of proteas and pincushions before crossing the river for the first time over a wooden bridge, where you will pass under some Cape beech trees and past beautiful ferns that have somehow survived the regular fynbos fires. Walking trail close to Hermanus The trail crosses back over the river through dense riverine vegetation over a bridge and short sections of board walk before entering the Witvoetskloof indigenous forest after 1.5km. The descent into the forest is via some steep wooden steps and the contrast from the surrounding fynbos vegetation is immediate. As you descend you enter a different world with ancient indigenous trees, lichens, ferns and mosses. The trail passes a small waterfall and crosses bridges and wooden boardwalks as you skirt around the ancient trees that have persisted for centuries in this kloof. After a final steep descent you emerge at the Witvoetskloof waterfall where one can take a fresh shower under the falls or simply soak up the beauty and tranquillity of the area. After leaving the waterfall the trail
            again crosses the river and heads further down the valley within the forest before exiting into a spectacular diversity of Fynbos. This last section of the trail is mostly level with a few short climbs and follows the old flower harvesting track that leads through a remarkable variety of fynbos habitats and species.

            For detailed narratives, maps and profiles of the trails see www.fynbosretreat.com or www.walkerbaytrails.co.za.

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