The Team

The Fynbos Trail was established by Sean and Michelle Privett and is run from Witkrans Farm, a member of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. Sean has a Masters Degree in Botany and they both have an enormous passion for fynbos and its conservation. Sean's 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.

Derek Russouw - Trail Manager
Derek joined our team in the middle of March 2019. Derek is an Overberg local having grown up in Struisbaai and attended school in Bredasdorp. He has always had a love for nature and animals, as well as music. He has a BSC in Biodiversity and Ecology from Stellenbosch University. He has quickly become an integral part of our team and we are really excited to have him onboard.

Christoff Longland - Guide
Christoff is an accredited guide with 15 years' experience in leading hiking, fynbos and birding tours. He is FGASA and DEAT qualified and also has safari experience. He also works for Grootbos and has a staggering wealth of knowledge of fynbos, trees and birds.

Gareth - Guide
Gareth is a FGASA qualified Marine Guide. His areas of specialisation is the coast, caves, Kelp Forests and local history. Gareth wears his heart on his sleeve and his passion for his area of work is infectious.

Nina Martin - Reservations
Nina is the lady 'behind the scenes' who pulls it all together, from answering the enquiries, invoicing and ensuring all your needs are taken care of before your arrival on the trail. She has a passion for nature and takes increadable photographs. She also enjoys hiking, running and cycling.

Nolubabalo 'Ivy' Mnyaka - Catering
Ivy has worked at Witkrans for 8 years. She started off cleaning and when we started the trail expressed a keen interest in the catering side. Ivy now prepares the lunches and allot of yummy bakes out on the trail.

Fikiswa 'Sara'- Catering
Sara has worked at Witkrans for 2 years. Sara helps Ivy with the cleaning and preparing of the cottages as well taking on the majority of the catering now. Sara also helps out after hours and on the weekends and has perfected the catering 'secrets' of Witkrans. Together with Ivy they are an amazing team at Witkrans and manage most of the backend work together.

Mike and Indra - Fynbos Retreat Hosts and Managers
Mike and Indra are the managers, hosts and caterers at Fynbos Retreat. They are a warm dynamic couple and live on site with their son, baby Christian.


Option 1: Full slackpacking, guided

Overnight accommodation at fully equipped Fynbos Retreat and Witkrans, two dinners, two lunches and two breakfasts Read more

Option 2: Unguided slackpacking

Overnight accommodation at fully equipped Fynbos Retreat and Witkrans, two dinners, two lunches and two breakfasts Read more

Option 3: Self Guided, self catering

Overnight accommodation at fully equipped Fynbos Retreat and Witkrans, route map and narrative. Please note this is a circular route that takes hikers all the way back to the start at Steynsbos. Read more

From our blog


Sunday Times Travel Article

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The Fynbos Trail and Covid-19

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Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy Autumn Newsletter

The natural landscapes and biodiversity of our properties continue to thrive. ...