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Fynbos Activities

  • Walking – A number of paths have been created circumnavigating the farm. These offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the species-rich fynbos vegetation and indigenous coastal forest, both of which support an abundant selection of mammals and bird life.

  • Birding – Located off the beaten track and on the north bank of the magnificent Swartvlei, the bird watching opportunities are never-ending. Whether it be spotting a colourful sunbird feeding on a King Protea close to one of the trails, sipping a glass of wine in the bird hide at sunset overlooking the vlei, seeing our local hero (the Knysna Loerie or Knysna Turaco) feeding on the multitude of fruits and berries growing wild on the farm, or spotting one of the several pairs of African Fish Eagles that nest nearby, your binoculars and bird book will be necessary additions to what you pack before you visit.

  • Water Activities – Swartvlei is the largest and deepest lake in the Wilderness National Park. The water level varies depending on whether the river mouth is open to the sea or closed by a sand bar, and on the amount of rainfall received. Boating on the Swartvlei is a thoroughly enjoyable and popular recreational activity. All kinds of boats such as kayaks, SUPs (stand-up paddle boards), rubber ducks, sailing boats, catamarans, motor boats and canoes are allowed on the water. The water is brackish (a combination of salt and fresh water) and temperatures are ideal if you just want to jump off the end of the jetty and have a swim.
    Note: Boat launching facilities are available.

  • Mountain Biking – Imagine a secret place off the beaten track where endless trails and district roads snake their way through ancient forests and abundant farmland. Wooded giants stand guard over the single tracks as they fly through streams, shady fern glades and forest tunnels - the secret single tracks that are always spoken of but never seen. Only a privileged few have had the opportunity to experience this world where the ghosts of forest elephants still roam today, and local folklore tells of the magical moments only Mother Nature can provide. Escape into the Undiscovered and become part of the journey through the Outeniqua Forests. A gentle 20km ride will take you to the best that mountain biking can offer, the Garden Route Trail Park. If you have not experienced this, put it onto your bucket list immediately (

  • Running – Again, being off the beaten track and surrounded by forests and farmland, there are miles of running opportunities to take in the beauty of the surroundings, adding years to your life and life to your years, and most importantly, to take away the pressures you experience in your day-to-day life.

  • Fishing – The Swartvlei is well known for its incredible fishing. With the inflow of  fresh water from three rivers originating in the Outeniqua Mountains, and access to the sea through the river mouth at Sedgefield, the fish life is varied, active and abundant. The most popular species caught in the vlei include Garrick (or Leervis), Kabeljou (or Kob) and Small-spotted Grunter. And if you feel you need an alternative to fishing on the vlei, there are a number of beaches on our beautiful coastline where you can do some surf fishing for anything from Yellowtail to Black Musselcracker.​​

  • The Garden Route – If you feel like an outing for the day, we are ideally positioned to give you convenient access to all that the Garden Route has to offer. The dramatic Garden Route, stretching from just east of Mossel Bay to the Storm’s River Mouth, is an area dense with forests, beaches, lakes, rivers and kloofs, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The area is jam-packed with things to do, and visitors are spoilt for choice. Simply driving the Garden Route is a joy, with countless picnic spots, viewpoints and attractions. From mountain biking through the Harkerville Forest, visiting the Woodville Big Tree or a majestic 800 year old Outeniqua Yellowwood, birding in the Wilderness National Park and abseiling into the Kaaiman’s River, to black water tubing down the Storm’s River, fine dining at one of our amazing eating diamonds restaurants to 18 holes on some of the best golf courses South Africa has to offer, one is never at a loss for things to do.

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