Category Archives: Fynbos Stories

Autumn in the forests on The Fynbos Trail

If you are planning to hike the Fynbos Trail between August and November this year, and you have an extra night available, why not lengthen your trail and hike our coastal add-on. Continue reading

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Candelabra flower

Fynbos Trail hikers are being treated to the beautiful candelabra flowers at the moment. It is a spectacular bulbous geophyte that bears a head of many asymmetrical flowers 50-60mm long.  The flowers are followed by the large dry tumbling fruiting … Continue reading

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The Arum Lily Frog

The Arum lily frog, often found hiding in Arum lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) which it uses as camouflage and waits patiently for prey. This remarkable little frog is able to effect considerable changes in skin colour over short periods of time. … Continue reading

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Brown Sage (Salvia Africana-lutea)

Right on our doorstep we have a plant that can be used as a tea to help with coughs and colds as well as in potpourri. It is the brown sage, currently in flower (July/Aug). This aromatic shrub has orange-brown … Continue reading

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Hidden gems of the Fynbos

One of the most remarkable characteristics of fynbos is its very high number of rare and localised species. You are never quite sure where they are going to turn up, but fynbos-clad hills and valleys are full of special flowering … Continue reading

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A pink winter wonderland in the fynbos

One of our favourite times of the year in the fynbos is right now when the hills between Stanford and Gansbaai turn pink as a result of the mass flowering of the Gansbaai erica – Erica irregularis. What’s perhaps more … Continue reading

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A blooming good Autumn on the trail

We have had plenty of hikers enjoying the Fynbos Trail this autumn and have had great fun admiring the many magnificent flowers along the route. Perhaps because of the excellent rains in January our King Proteas (Protea cynaroides) have been … Continue reading

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