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Hearth & Soul Eco Farm Long Weekend, Guided Fynbos Trail & Cape Agulhas Reserve

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  • [Group size 20 – 5 x places left] - Soulful Long Weekend Away - Friday 17th – Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Hearth & Soul Eco Farm - Stanford area, Guided Fynbos Trail by http://www.fynbostrail.co.za & Ancient Forest Experience. Also included a visit to Agulhas National Park, the southernmost tip of the African and where two great oceans meet - [Group size 20 – 5 x places left] - Hosted by Awakening Intuition Nature Walks, Retreats, Soulful Weekends Away, Events & Hiking – Connecting Like-minded people - "VERY IMPORTANT" -- Please email first or call me directly (Do not just mark yourself as going on Facebook / Meetup) to check for availability and to book on - [masked]  or for more info, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked]  - This event is booked in advance to make the most of the 2017 public holidays.

    The highlight of this event will be the relaxing day walk on the well known Fynbos Trail – (7,5km) guided by Sean Privett - http://www.fynbostrail.co.za – This was the same part of the trail that a few of us got to do on the Slack packing trail in March 2016 to this ancient forest where most of the trees are over 1000 years old. Sean our Guide for the trail has a Masters Degree in Botany and an enormous passion for fynbos and its conservation. His broad knowledge of the Cape flora, dedication to its conservation and passion to share his knowledge with others, has earned him a reputation both locally and internationally as a leader in developing practical, fynbos conservation initiatives. Sean also co- wrote the book. The Field Guide to the Flora of the GROOTBOS NATURE RESERVE and the Walker Bay Region - http://www.fynboshub.co.za/our-book/ - A true voyage of discovery, led by a passionate, expert guide who points out the various endemics and rare species and explains the that role the various birds, ants and other propagators play in the eco-system

    Cost: R[masked] per person or if you are not able to pay the full amount, then a 50% deposit to secure your booking with the balance to be paid on the 1st of  October 2016. This will be a self- catering option, with shared communal lunch and dinner.

    This will be a 5 day / 4 night away trip, starting on the Friday from 12pm, with arrival no later than 4pm for the start of the event and our opening circle and ending on Sunday afternoon 3pm for our closing circle get together and sharing. Please check that you can commit to these times before joining. The Tuesday a public holiday, so you will only need to take off the Friday and the Monday from work. Long weekends will be booked in advance as it is the only way to secure longer stays over public holidays.

    Included in the payment will be your self-catering accommodation for the 4 x nights and the various guided activities on offer. These include a visit Cape Agulhas Nature Reserve & Cape Agulhas is the place where two great oceans meet. At Cape Agulhas we will also do one of the Hiking trails and visit the light house with a guided tour of the history. We will hike day one of the Fynbos Trail – (7,5km)  guided by Sean Privett - http://www.fynbostrail.co.za – This was the same part of the trail that a few of us got to do on the Slack packing trail in March 2016 to this ancient forest where most of the trees are over 1000 years old. Time will also be allocated own time to relax, read, reflect swim in the two beautiful swimming dams, this will be great as it is summer time or just connect with like-minded people. Hearth & Soul is an eco-farm and spiritual retreat centre with a difference. Suitable for Most Levels of Fitness, but some minimum fitness is required.

    From our trip in March 2016 Hearth and Soul was recommended as a venue one of the favourite group venues to date. A complete nature experience for the body, mind and Soul. 

    The self-catering accommodation is located just 24km from Stanford / or 175km or 2h15min from Cape Town. Wherever possible we will share the Transport in getting there.

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    What is on offer:

    Two of the highlight experiences will be the Guided Fynbos Trail and the Trip down to Cape Agulhas Nature Reserve, the southern tip of Africa. A few of got to do the famous Fynbos Slack Packing Trail in Gansbaai area back in March 2016. We were so impressed by the diversity of the plant and tree species that by special arrangement we will be doing day one again, this time guided Sean Privett - http://www.fynbostrail.co.za – Sean also co-wrote the field Guide to the flora of Grootbos Nature Reserve.

    The hike includes time spent in the Steynsbos and Grootbos Milkwood forest – two of only eight milk wood forests of this kind in the world. Many of the trees here are over 1000 years old. Hikers also walk through limestone fynbos, a very rare fynbos type of which many species are only found in this small area.

    We will also be visiting Cape Agulhas, which is located about an hour from where we staying. Once in the Reserve we will be doing the 5,5km Rasperpunt Hiking Trail along the coast and through the coastal fynbos. We will also visit the museum and do tour of the light house and learn a more about the history of this area. The sea off Cape Agulhas is notorious for winter storms and mammoth rogue waves, which can range up to 30 metres. This has been due to the two oceans meet in winter and the nature of the coastal shelf.  Over the past few hundred years it has been believed that around 150 ships have sunk around Agulhas. If it’s warm day we will also stop for a swim in one of the tidal pools in the Indian Ocean

    We will also be doing on one of the mornings a guided walk up to Pigs’s Snout Kloof and the Waterfall trail located about 20min from where we are staying. Sybille at Heart & Soul is also in the process of setting up a new trail that we will also explore.

    The scenic surroundings will provide an ideal space for relaxation and re-connecting within especially because we are there for an extended amount of days. Not to mention connecting with like-minded people who share similar soulful interests.

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    Hearth & Soul is perfectly situated in a secluded valley between the hamlets of Stanford and Napier in the Sandy’s Glen area, undoubtedly one of the Overberg’s best-kept secrets. Hearth & Soul is located 24km from Stanford / or 175km from Cape Town.

    Our accommodation is situated on a working eco farm, accommodating 24 guests comfortably in 13 x bedrooms. Hearth and Soul accommodation comprises 13 en-suite bedrooms with lovely patios and balcony views of the mountains. Each room has been individually decorated - simply and comfortably, using the buildings and natural surroundings as inspiration. There are also lots of comfortable areas to relax into and enjoy the stunning views

    I look forward to you joining us. Love and blessings. Iain

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    ABOUT HEARTH AND SOUL ECO FARM AND THE ACCOMMODATION

    Hearth & Soul is perfectly situated in a secluded valley between the hamlets of Stanford and Napier in the Sandy’s Glen area, undoubtedly one of the Overberg’s best-kept secrets.

    Hearth and Soul accommodation comprises 13 en-suite bedrooms with lovely patios and balcony views of the mountains. Each room has been individually decorated - simply and comfortably, using the buildings and natural surroundings as inspiration.

    Set on 220 hectares of spectacular mountainside, alive with diverse fynbos, poplar and eucalyptus forests, four small dams and a pristine river running through the property, Hearth and Soul is the ideal venue for team-building getaways, courses, workshops and small conferences. The setting also lends itself to magical weddings and unforgettable private functions with an intimate and natural flavour. The original farm buildings have been extensively and lovingly upgraded, in a conscious and eco-friendly manner. Our own poplar and blue-gum trees were used for beams and internal woodwork, adding to the unique charm of our venue. We are lucky to have our drinking water supplied directly via gravity-feed from a nearby mountain spring, and we pump from the perennial river to irrigate the farm lands.

    The fully equipped farm house where we will be staying is very private and safe with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The kitchen is fully equipped with cookware, cutlery, crockery, cloths, dishwashing liquid etc.

    The double-story Farmhouse has been lovingly restored, with reclaimed doors, roughly plastered walls, dakriet ceilings and beams hewn from local poplar trees among the special touches. The Farmhouse features a total of 13 bedrooms, each uniquely decorated in a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, and accommodating two to three guests. Eleven of the rooms are en-suite, each with either a patio or balcony and gorgeous mountain views.

    The communal living areas are spacious and creatively decorated, and the atmosphere homely. There’s a lounge with fireplace, a patio with dining area and a laid-back farm-style kitchen with dining table. From here it's a step away to a comfy couch and fireplace in the sunroom. Step onto the rolling lawn and you’ll find a central fire pit with communal seating on the banks of one of four farm dams.

    Visit the inspiring permaculture gardens, take in some of the lovely fynbos trails on the farm, or head out and explore the villages of Napier and Stanford. Or just hang out and enjoy this superb setting.

    Tapping into natural resources

    Hearth & Soul believe that art and nature have tremendous power and can help greatly with emotional, mental and creative blocks. Hearth & Soul is a store house of natural resources, including wood, bracken and all sorts of other bits and pieces with which to play and create! Their focus is on growth, but everything they do at Hearth & Soul is infused with JOY

    "Open to all"as long as you have participated in at least THREE of the regular Sunday walks before booking for an event - https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks/events/ in order to join the event planned for the event weekend of the 1st of December of April 2016. This weekend away is suitable for most levels of fitness, but some minimum fitness is required. There are often cancellations just before these weekends away, so if you have done the required walks, then you join in, if the weekend was booked out before. [If you have just joined the group within the last month of the event being posted and have only done one of the regular walks and intend to join more often, I can add your name to the wait list of the event listed, till you have done a second regular Sunday walk. So those that are keen to join one of these magical weekends away with like-minded Soulful adventurers, we look forward to seeing you in the mountains sooner rather than later. 

    This structure / qualifying requirement has been put in place, so that I can gauge your fitness levels and determine whether you will be able to cope with the hike on offer. Your joining in on our regular Sunday walks also enhances the sense of connectedness and community as you will know most of the people going. I will in turn have a chance to meet you and you will get to know what is on offer. The weekends away offer a combination of adventure, soulfulness and relaxation and time out is allocated for quiet time. The time out offers time out to slow down a little to enjoy the views and connect with like-minded people. You can view some of the past weekends away - https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks/events/?past

    PLEASE NOTE:

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    This will be the perfect time away to relax and unwind and connect with Like-minded people. Arrival time for this experience will be at 12pm on Friday or at latest 4pm and end at 3pm on Tuesday for our closing circle get together and sharing. Please check that you can commit to these times before joining.

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    To View Pictures and Info from this Current event on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/266984020360117/

    PLEASE EMAIL FIRST -- To check for availability and to book on

    - [masked] or for more info, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] –

    I look forward to you joining. Kindest regards. Iain

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    Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life ~ Steve Jobs

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    * Where ever possible we will share the Transport in getting there. /

    * Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis, limited to 24 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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    If you are not sure of the level of fitness required or would like to find out more about this adventure or to check for availability and to book on - contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked]

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    This meet-up group forms a combined part my websites www.intuitionwalks.com and www.awakening-intuition.com and the online Facebook section – https://www.facebook.com/groups/intuitionwalks. I have been offering these walks since 2004 and with a subscriber list in Cape Town of over 1500 people. This group offers a great alternative to meeting like-minded people.

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    A reminder for those who have not been on the walks before, the walks are intended to be of such a nature that we are able to slow down and through our senses, experience some of the wonders that nature has to offer. The slowing down creates an opportunity for re-connection within. Not to mention seeing some of Cape Town’s magical spots. Normally 2 hours of the time allocated is set aside for breaks. This time out offers a great way to meet and connect with like-minded people who share similar interests

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    The scenic surroundings will provide an ideal space for relaxation and re-connecting within. Not to mention connecting with like-minded people who share similar soulful interests

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    For more info or directions, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked]

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    ==> TOTAL COST & HOW TO BOOK

    @ ==> Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis, with the amount Due with a emailed confirmation  and proof of payment  –

    Cost: R[masked] per person or if you are not able to pay the full amount, then an R[masked] Deposit to secure your booking. This will be a self- catering option, with shared communal dinner options.

    Included in the payment will be your accommodation for the four nights, self-catering accommodation for both nights and the various guided activities on offer.

    * If you are not able to pay the full amount, then the balance of the deposit will be payable on the 1st of October  2016 - Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis with payment, so book early to avoid disappointment.

    PLEASE EMAIL FIRST -- To check for availability and to book on

    - [masked] or for more info, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] –

    ==>My Banking details are listed below. Payment secures your place.

    Please note that bookings will be on a first-come first-served basis with payment, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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    MY BANK DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

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    Please email full details with confirmation of payment including - [masked]

    STANDARD BANK / Iain A. Macdonald / Current Account / Account number -[masked] / Branch Code -[masked]/ Corner Lower Long and Hans Strydom Street / Cape Town – South Africa

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    PLEASE NOTE NEW TERMS OF BOOKING.

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    As all payments are done for accommodation and Permits, no refunds are on offer. If something should come up at the last moment and you are not able to join, between 7 and 14 days prior to the date and only if I have a wait list of people and the spot can be refilled with some-one who has been on one of the regular walks before, will a refund will be offered if I can refill your spot. Anything less than 7 days prior to our departure day, NO REFUNDS on offer and your spot will NOT be re-advertised. People tend to make other plans and bookings in the last week are very hard to refill and I normally don’t have a waiting list. The above prices are all VAT inclusive. I reserve the right to re-schedule or cancel a tour should the minimum number of people not be attained or if the booking is canceled by the outsourced operator; in this case a full refund will be offered.

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    For more info or directions, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] or [masked]

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    ==> LEVEL OF FITNESS

    @ -- For the weekend away on the 17th – 21st of March 2017 is suitable for most levels of fitness, but some minimum fitness is required due to the varied terrain.

    @@ -- If you are not sure of your fitness levels, please call to discuss this. Many of us are looking forward to going back again, as last year’s event at the same time was so successful, with lots of fond memories ;-) Also there is a lot more snow in June already than there was in August.

    @@@ -- It is always my aim to offer routes that are accessible for most people, but some minimum level of fitness is required.

    @@@@ -- In general the walks on offer would be rates as slower most of the other walking groups, I cater for extra time allocated for breaks along

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    ITINERARY – Summary

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    FRIDAY

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    => Meet at 12pm / => 1pm - Lunch at accommodation  / => Check into our accommodation as allocated / => Own time to relax, read and or Swim in the dam on the farm with its stunning views / => Please no arrivals later than 4pm / => 4pm Opening Circle and Group Sharing – Start of Soulful Weekend Away / => Approx. 6.30pm - Start fire around boma area, for evening braai /

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    SATURDAY

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    => Breakfast – provide your own / => 7.00am – Group Morning Check-in circle / => 8.00am - Depart to the Fynbos Trail for our hike / => 9.00am – Start of the hike – 7.5km / => 12.30pm – Lunch on the Trail / => 3pm Depart back to our accommodation / => Own time to relax, read and or swim in the dam on the farm with its stunning views / => 7.30pm - Group sharing circle / =>6.30pm – Vegetarian dinner – group share / => (Above weather permitting)

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    SUNDAY

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    => Breakfast – provide your own / => 7.00am – Group Morning Check-in circle / => 7.30am - Depart for Agulhas National Park / => 12pm - Lunch on the trail / => Visit light house and museum & optional swim / => 5pm Depart back to our accommodation / => 7.30pm – Vegetarian dinner – group share

    MONDAY

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    => Breakfast – provide your own / => 8.am - Group Morning Check-in circle / => 9am - Depart for Pigs’s Snout Kloof and Waterfall. Short walk and swimming on route / => 12pm - Lunch at Waterfall / => 1.30pm Depart back to our accommodation / => Own time to relax, read and or swim in the dam on the farm with its stunning views / => 5.30pm - Group sharing circle / => Approx - 6.30pm - Start fire around boma area, for evening braai / => Star gazing and sounds of nature /

    TUESDAY

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    => Breakfast – provide your own / => 9.30am - Group sharing circle / => 10am Short morning walk on the farm, new trail - Optional / => 11am - back at accommodation/ => 12pm - Group Lunch / => 1.30pm - Group Closing Circle and end of Weekend Sacred Experience / PLEASE NOTE: To join weekend you will need to be part of the end closing group get together / => 3pm Depart back to Cape Town

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    @=> What is included:

    Accommodating 24 guests comfortably in 13 luxurious rooms in self-catered accommodation, with twin or double beds. Linen and towels are provided.

    @=> What is not included:

    *Food for meals and bring along your own towel for swimming. 

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    Fully equipped Kitchen / Electricity: Yes – / Bathroom: Warm/cold water available / Cutlery and crockery supplied: Yes / Linen supplied: Yes / Fireplace: Yes / Swimming: Yes / Walks/Hikes: Yes / Special interests: Fynbos, birding, hiking, / Braai facilities: Yes / Bathroom Facilities: Shared bathroom. / Beds Double beds, Single beds: / No Smoking in Rooms / Stunning Mountain Views and Garden:

    MEALS ---

    Breakfast and & lunch each person will organise for themselves.

    Bring your own meat for the two night and drinks, wine, etc. However we will each bring a vegetarian side dish to share with the group for the other 3 x nights

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    ==> DIRECTIONS

    FROM CAPE TOWN

    More info will info will be sent out closer to the time

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    * For more info or directions, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] or [masked]

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    PLANNED ACTIVITIES INFO FOR THE WEEKEND AWAY

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    ABOUT – THE FRYNBOS TRAIL - http://www.fynbostrail.co.za

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    On the Saturday we will be doing day one of the normal 3 day Slack Packing Fynbos Trail. The part that we will be doing of the Fynbos Trail – (7,5km) will be guided by Sean Privett - http://www.fynbostrail.co.za – This was the same part of the trail that a few of us got to do on the Slack packing trail in March 2016 to this ancient forest where most of the trees are over 1000 years old. This is certainly one of the oldest forests that I have been to before. Sean also co-wrote the field Guide to the flora of Grootbos Nature Reserve. The hike includes time spent in the Steynsbos and Grootbos Milkwood forest – two of only eight milk wood forests of this kind in the world. Hikers also walk through limestone fynbos, a very rare fynbos type of which many species are only found in this small area.

    The trail starts at Growing the Future Sustainable Agriculture and Life Skills College on Grootbos Nature Reserve. From Growing the Future the trail leads through coastal strandveld into the Steynsbos Milkwood forest, one of only eight milkwood forests of its type in the world, all of which are found in the Stanford-Gansbaai area. An island surrounded by fynbos, this small patch of forest contains trees that are many hundreds, if not thousands of years old and is refuge for a number of animals and birds not commonly seen in the fynbos. Thirty four bird species, including Rameron pigeon, Cape Batis, African paradise flycatcher and forest buzzard have been sighted as well as a variety of mammals including bushbuck, porcupine, honey badger and mongoose. By hiking the trail you contribute directly towards the conservation and social development work of the partners within the conservancy. Some of the funds generated by the trail are re-invested into clearing alien vegetation, managing fire and documenting and monitoring flora and fauna within the conservancy.

    A true voyage of discovery, led by a passionate, expert guide who points out the various endemics and rare species and explains the that role the various birds, ants and other propagators play in the eco-system. More than 800 fynbos species have been identified along the route and, whatever time of year you walk there is always something in bloom. As you go you learn about the remarkable diversity and fascinating ecology of the proteas, ericas, reeds and wonderful bulbs, gaining an understanding of their preferred habitats and their remarkable tricks. The seeds of the local limestone pincushion (Leucospermum pattersoni) have a waxy coating that attract the local pugnacious ants, who carry the seeds to the safety of their underground nests, where ants are rewarded with nutritious seed coat as food and the seed is planted out of harm�s way until a future fire activated germination! 

    As you wander you begin to understand the uniqueness of this trail. Vegetation studies on Grootbos Nature Reserve have recorded six plant species that are new to science!

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    ABOUT – CAPE AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK

    https://www.sanparks.org/parks/agulhas/tourism/activities.php

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    On the Sunday we will be visiting Agulhas National Park via Bredasdorp. Bredasdorp is also home to the Shipwreck Museum which tells the stories of the 150 ships that wrecked along the nearby Agulhas Reef. The only museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

    Once in the national park, we will head down to the Southern most tip of Africa. The official position of the tip is 34° 49’ 58" south and 20° 00’ 12’’ east. A cairn marks the tip’s exact location. It is at this longitudinal point that the Atlantic and Indian oceans officially meet. We will visit the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse & Museum. The lighthouse was built to aid the early explorers on their passage of the rough seas off Cape Agulhas. Seventy-one steps lead up to the top of the second oldest working lighthouse in southern Africa. Stone mined from the adjacent limestone quarry provided the raw materials for its construction. The building also houses a unique lighthouse museum. Remains of ancient stone fish traps used by the Khoisan people can be seen to the east of the lighthouse.

    => Rasperpunt Hiking Trail

    This relaxing 5,5km circular hiking trail, with its start/end at the Meisho Maru shipwreck. Experience the coastline, coastal fynbos, ancient fish traps, fresh water fountains for the first half of the walk. Turn inland, cross the gravel road and work your way up the ridge with magnificent views of the Rasperpunt rock formations and the coastline.

    The Agulhas Plain has great diversity of flora. The Agulhas area contains representatives of unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos. Although most species bloom between May and September, there are flowers to be enjoyed in any season. Explore the Agulhas Plain with its great diversity of indigenous flora, and unique vegetation such as limestone fynbos!

    Time permitting we will also stop for a swim in one of the tidal pools in Indian Ocean.

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    ABOUT THE PIG’S SNOUT KLOOF AND WATERFALL

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    This will be a walk on private lands with special permission up to the kloof and the waterfall. There is also a great swimming spot. This is an interesting formation in the Kleinrivier Mountains locals call “Pig’s Snout”.  Over millennia, this kloof has been eroded to resemble the face of a pig with two waterfalls neatly running down the “nostrils”.




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