The Fynbos Trail is embedded in a long heritage of conservation. The Trail founders Sean and Michelle Privett are longstanding and active members of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. The trail traverses a number of member properties of the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy – a collaborative conservation partnership between nearly 50 different private landowners who collectively own more than 22 000 hectares of endangered lowland fynbos and forest habitat. More than 1 100 indigenous plant species have been recorded in the Conservancy, including seven that are new to science and many that are rare and threatened. This natural landscape includes many threatened habitats, including rare forest patches, incredibly diverse mountain fynbos areas and endangered limestone and wetland vegetation. The Conservancy is also home to a wide variety of fauna including 106 bird species, 30 mammals, 46 reptiles, 22 amphibians and an incredible diversity of insects.

By hiking the trails, you will be contributing 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 by the conservancy into clearing alien vegetation, managing fire and documenting and monitoring flora and fauna within the conservancy. Many of the ingredients for the meals along the route are made with fresh organic food produced at the Growing the Future sustainable agriculture project on Grootbos Nature Reserve.

Hikers on the Premium Trail have the opportunity to taste the magnificent wines from Lomond Wine Estate – a dedicated conservation partner in the Walker Bay Conservancy, plant an indigenous tree as part of the Future Trees forest restoration project as well as visit the Grootbos Florilegium at the Wenhold Botanical art gallery on Grootbos. This is the only botanical art gallery in the southern hemisphere and is dedicated to raising awareness and support for the conservation of the region’s flora and associated fauna.