Come run The Fynbos Trail
Are you a keen trail runner? Then come out and run The Fynbos Trail! Bring your family out with you and base yourself at either Witkrans Nature Farm or Fynbos Retreat and enjoy running sections of the trail.
30km King Protea Route
This is a toughie with three steep climbs and a total altitude gain of 1229m. The runs starts and ends at Flower Valley, and after a relatively gentle start the first climb takes runners up the Baviaansfontein Valley to the first water table at the 6km mark under the shade of ancient white pear and wild olive trees. The trail then meanders through magnificent fynbos to the Grootbos Milkwood Forest where runners will follow the forest trail path under these majestic, thousand year old trees. The trail then heads up Swartkransberg to the 13km mark, where the King of the Mountain prizes for first male and female runners will be decided at the summit. The route then takes runners down through pristine fynbos in full spring time bloom and through the ancient Steynsbos milkwood forest to the second water point at Fynbos Retreat at the 21km mark. From here itís down to the Witvoetskloof forest and waterfall (beware of slippery bridges, steps and boardwalks) and then up the steep ascent of the second major climb of the run to near the summit of Grootberg. The route then descends quite steeply into Flower valley through the beautiful Stinkhoutsbos Forest and down the valley to the finish line at Flower Valley Farm.
Running time: Top runners can expect to take around 140-160mins to complete the 30km route and back markers about 4.5 hours.
12km Silver Pincushion Route
This run is suitable for the novice-intermediate trail runners. The routes is by no means flat but itís on farm roads, jeep tracks and a well-used hiking trail. The first three kilometres provides a relatively easy, gentle warm up along the lower slopes of Flower Valley, before a steep climb up the fynbos-clad slopes of Windheuwel. At the top you will realize that the climb was worth the effort with spectacular 3600 views across the Agulhas Plain towards the distant Cape Agulhas at the southern tip of Africa, as well as beautiful views of Dyer Island and the South Atlantic Ocean. The route then follows the contour path before heading gradually up along the middle slopes of Grootberg overlooking Flower Valley where runners will be treated to magnificent fynbos in full spring bloom. From the highest point at the 7km mark the trail winds down a jeep track to the Stinkwood forest where runners will be treated to the shade of ancient indigenous trees and run along the stream before exiting the forest for the final charge down the valley to the finish at the Funky Festival grounds at Flower Valley Farm.
Running time: Top runners can expect to take about 40-45 minutes, while back markers will take about 2 hours.
6km Flower Valley Route
The 6km route will take you through the beautiful Flower Valley farm, along the flower picking tracks past a beautiful dam and through magnificent fynbos including fields of brightly coloured pincushions and other flowering proteas and ericas. The trail heads up the valley to Stinkhoutsbos Forest where you will run under the shade of ancient white stinkwood, hard pear, wild olive and other beautiful trees before heading back down on the other side of the valley to the start-finish line. This a lovely route that can be run or walked and provides a great introduction to trail running.