Africa is home to an extra-ordinary 8 floral biomes. We’re a country of
diversity for sure.
And while forests and grasslands have a special appeal,
our indigenous Fynbos sets the benchmark high when it comes to uniqueness.
As part of the Cape Floral Kingdom - a protected biodiversity hotspot - it is the only floral kingdom that falls
entirely within the borders of one country.
Despite being the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms
in the world, it certainly packs a punch - since within an area of just over 90 000 square
kilometres, more than 9 000 known species of flowering fynbos plants
So, while the options are plentiful to
experience the best of SA’s fynbos offerings across this Southern Western region– there are one or two that
showcase this fire-prone shrub, unlike any other.
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Grootbos Private Nature reserve,
The fynbos region in the
Western Cape is made up of a magnificent belt of natural heathland vegetation -
and during winter the fields of the Overberg burst with
vibrant colour in a spectacular showcase of indigenous flora and fauna.
The Cape Floral Kingdom is without a
doubt one of SA's most beautiful natural heritage experiences, and the recent
Responsible Tourism Winner at WTM Africa 2019, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – has been ensuring its preservation for years.
In this magical place -
about a two-hour's drive outside of Cape Town - lies a unique
landscape covered with contoured and beautifully textured coastlines, awash with Cape reeds, ericas, proteas and irises to mention a smidgen.
SEE: 7 Secrets to uncover during a
weekend at Grootbos
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Die Hel in Swartberg Nature Reserve
After crossing the Swartberg Pass, you'll see a sign pointing towards Gamkaskloof, plastered with the stickers of previous travellers who lost themselves to the seduction of Gamkaskloof.
Here the fynbos is thriving and together with stunning vistas of gorges and golden-hued mountains, the biodiversity is mind-blowing. The scenery literally changes from shrubs to proteas to spekboom forests to a variety of succulents.
Here you can stay in one renovated homes of the bygone community. Each equipped with their own splash pool and offering some of the best views of the surrounding mountains splashed with golden hues.WATCH: Be seduced by the isolation and golden beauty of Die Hel
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Gondwana Game Reserve, Garden Route
has added a new activity in time for green season starting in May, when Fynbos is in all its glory.
The slightly cooler, sun-drenched days
are ideal for outdoor activities like easy walks, hiking or mountain biking in
the reserve’s mountains and valleys amongst wild game. Now you can also explore indigenous wild flowers and plants that exist nowhere else
in the world, with the newly launched, hands-on Botanical Conservation
Its Fynbos Conservation Experience includes a
guided nature walk lead by their resident botanist across 11,000 hectares of
pristine wilderness, including 1000 plant, 118 bird-, 29 mammal- and 21
amphibian species coexisting here. Learn how to conserve this rare and
endangered Fynbos biome during this 2-3 hour experience, offered daily in the
downtime between morning and evening game drives.
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De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg
in the Overberg's De Hoop Nature Reserve, about 3-hours outside of Cape Town,
the luxurious De Hoop Collection is a buy 1-get-1000 deal. Part of Cape Country
Routes, it is known for its land-based whale watching in season.
Hoop Collection is a buffet of unlimited treats - including the rich biodiversity of rare species of fynbos.
WATCH: From sand dunes to fynbos, veld and vlei: The rapidly changing landscape of De Hoop
Cape Agulhas, Western Cape
If you drive from Cape Town heading towards Agulhas National Park to see the Iconic Map of Africa Monument - also home to the Southern Most Tip of Africa, which shows travellers where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet - be sure to take a detour via Arniston and Kassiesbaai.
Visiting these sights are free of charge, as is the Agulhas National Park. It is only the Rest Camp that has private access for those who have booked a stay in the stunning thatched chalets, but a hop, skip and a jump from the ocean.
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