I was asked by Kit Heathcock to contribute to her Sunday Times Neighbourhood Off The Beaten Track article, which published today. Please read above, or my recommendations below for your ease.
Green Mountain Trail
More an activity that takes you deeper into a beautiful part of the Western Cape than a specific destination, one of the best things I’ve done this year is walking the Green Mountain Trail. A four day trail in the Overberg that teaches more about the admirable conservation efforts being undertaken in the area, the fully guided hiking route had us traversing Cape Nature’s Hottentot Holland Nature Reserve, private farmland, and the Groenlandberg Conservancy, as we searched out the little things that matter and allowed time for introspective appreciation of nature.
Covering a distance of 60km in total, the route winds through forests, fruit farms, shoulder high fynbos and beautifully tended vineyards, with bountiful bird and animal life for company along the way. Time in nature is such a gift to oneself, soul food, a reconnection with the things that matter and a reminder of the need to protect our most precious environment. Especially in such a phenomenal setting. And to think it’s just an hour outside Cape Town. As this is a slackpacking trail, accommodation is in the Porcupine Hills Guest Farm and Wildekrans Country House, special places in themselves.
There are some lovely ideas included by the other contributors, reminders of all the beauty in our gorgeous province.