Green Mountain Walk

Green Mountain Walk

Green Mountain Walk is in a Cape Winelands farming area. Experience the changing landscape, fynbos, food and wine. It includes full board, guiding, wine tastings and country style hospitality

OVERVIEW

  • Features

    Type Guided walk with full board
    Location Houwhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
    Group size Small groups 6-10
    Duration 3 nights / 4 days
    Grading Easy
    Day Stages Average 13 km over 3 days
    Distance 40 km
    Terrain Countryside trails
    Accommodation 4 star farm stay
    Meals Included
    Cost Available on request
    Dates Whole year. 

  • Summary

    Green Mountain Walk is a walking holiday of about 40 km around the Groenlandberg (Green Mountain) in the Western Cape, South Africa. The experience incorporates the fruit farms, a changing landscape, fynbos, food and wine of a diverse Cape Winelands farming area. The accommodation is four star farm stays and the package includes full board, guiding, wine tastings, and transporting baggage.

  • Highlights

    Fynbos Fynbos is unique to the Western Cape of South Africa. It is the richest floral kingdom in the world. You will walk through the Kogelberg Biosphere, a 100,000 hectare area that is home to 1880 plant species – the densest in the world. Seventy seven species occur nowhere else in the world and it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Groenlandberg is part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Refer to Kogelberg and Fynbos Gallery
    Farms You will visit farms such as Beaumont, Oak Valley, Paul Cluver and Porcupine Hills. The farms produce wine, fruit, flowers, pork and cattle and each have a story to tell. All landowners are members of the Green Mountain Eco Route, the world’s first biodiversity wine route, and part of the region’s efforts to conserve the environment and promote responsible tourism. All members are Biodiversity Wine Initiative champions. This enlightened initiative unites conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner.
    Birds and animals Over 200 bird species can be sighted in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Peregrine falcons, Black eagles and Fish eagles hunt and nest in and around the reserve. Other species include Black Oystercatcher, Sacred Ibis, Spotted Thick-knee, Cape Batis, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Reed Cormorant, etc. Smaller antelope include klipspringer and grysbok. Baboons, dassies and hares are fairly common.
    Accommodation  You will stay in a historic 1811 homestead. The cuisine is seasonal and fresh, produced on many of the participant farms. You can expect a pleasant walks gourmet experience.


TOUR DETAILS

  • Itinerary

    The Green Mountain Walk is on private land. The walks are slow, spending time to enyoy the countryside and to take a closer look at the landscape, vineyards and fynbos. You can stop and enjoy what is of interest to you or your group or to enjoy  a swim in a rock pool or dam on a hot day. You will be guided by THETA accredited guides to learn about the biodiversity and the history of the area. The walk is in the Houwhoek, Elgin, Betty’s Bay and Bot River area.

    Day 1: Arrival Arrive at Wildekrans Country House in the Houwhoek village anytime from 16h00, park car, wine tasting, dinner & overnight

    Day 2: Through Fynbos & Vines (15km / 5 hours / Easy) Transfer to Nuweberg sometime after breakfast. Walk through vineyards and fynbos along the foot of the Groenlandberg. Picnic lunch on Oak Valley Wine Estate Continue to Paul Cluver Wine Estate Wine tasting and afternoon tea. Transfer to Wildekrans Country House, Houw Hoek Village. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 3: Game & forests (13km / 4 to 5 hours / Easy) Transfer to Paul Cluver Wine Estate sometime after breakfast. Begin walking through Paul Cluver game and Poplar forest. Walk through the failed MTO forest exit plan and into the fynbos of the Houwhoek mountains. Lunch under trees at Wildekrans Country House Afternoon at leisure. Wine tasting, dinner and overnight at Wildekrans Country House

    Day 4: Leopard & Ox Wagon Route (11km / 4 to 5 hours/ Easy) Breakfast at Wildekrans Country House. Head towards Bot River through Biosphere fynbos Rest stop at Stony Beach and ledge rock. Climb up Pincushion ridge and discover Hawston View Walk into Bot River and experience Beaumont Wines and lunch in Bot River village.
    Transfer to Wildekrans Country House, refresh and collect your car

  • Accommodation

    Wildekrans Country House

  • Rates & Tour info

    Rates

    Available on request

    Included
    Accredited knowledgeable guiding 3 nights in 4 star farm accommodation
    Country meals
    Hiking permits
    Three wine tastings
    Not included
    Items not mentioned above, eg :
    Transport to and from Houwhoek Snacks and alcoholic drinks Travel Insurance
    Grading

    Overall rating: “Easy“. You do not need to be ultra-fit but if you choose to do the walks you should be able to walk between 10 and 20 km per day. The route takes you along the coast and on paths. See Walking grades for more details about “Easy” rating.

  • Travel information

    When to do the Green Mountain Walk

    Bookings can be made throughout the year.

    Climate

    The Green Mountain Walk is in the Western Cape Coastal region. It enjoys a mild Mediteranean climate. Winter is the rainy season but it has nonetheless many sunny days and is generally mild, with high winds at times. Summer is dry and sunny, with heat tempered by sea breezes. Early autumn (March) is idyllic, with balmy days and late afternoon sea mists

    Getting there

    Getting to Houw Hoek village

    For international visitors:
    Fly to Cape Town International Airport.
    By car:
    80 km (one hour) from Cape Town on N2 to the Garden Route
    What to take

    Comfortable, well ventilated clothes as well as a thick windbreaker/jacket, raincoat, swimming costume, comfortable walking shoes and hiking sandals For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to waterproof your day-pack as well as ziploc bags for protection for electronic equipment, sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle/camelback, personal first-aid kit, camera, batteries, binoculars, torch and headlamp, and mosquito repellent.

    Insurance

    We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.

     Availability and booking

    To reserve a date, forward: Availability request

    To book- Go to How to book, or

    email: info@trailsandtravel.co.za

    Tel.:  +27 (0) 21 852 5937, Fax.: +27 (0) 86 618 3448

    Map



INSPIRATION

  • Gallery

    Pictures can be viewed in Green Mountain Walk Gallery and Fynbos Gallery

  • Attractions

    Fynbos

    Oak Valley Wine Estate

    Paul Cluver Wines

    Porcupine Hills

    Kogelberg Nature Reserve

    Beaumont Family Wines

  • Reviews

    For details, go to Reviews

  • More about the area

    Green Mountain Walk is fully catered walking holiday in the Kogelberg Biosphere and the Green Mountain farming area in the Western Cape,  South Africa. For more information about the area, go to Read more

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