Guest Book'What a great weekend! Thank you. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all at the Fynbos Trail for all the warm and loving reception we received this past weekend. It made our trip a memorable one that we will never forget. First, to Michelle and Nina for making the bookings and the arrangements so easy for us-Thank you. Special thanks to Derek for his gentleness, warmth and assistance over the 3 days. Christoff, for his great spirit and knowledge of the land and the Fynbos, he was amazing. Sean, all the knowledge this man has will definitely make a difference in the world, he has enlightened us so much with his knowledge and his humour (all the attempts at wine farming-cracked us all up). William for his enthusiasm and friendliness, his career as a field guide and conservationist looks very bright. Finally, a special thanks to Mike and his wife for their hospitality and Sarah for her amazing food preparations. The Poitjie was sublime and the desert was equally sumptuous. This trail is more than just the hike, it's about human connections, understanding each other, making memories around good food, beautiful scenery and a love for our planet. We loved it all!! [Option 1, November 2019]'
Mohammad & Soraya
'We had a wonderful, but partly "wet" hike with awesome people/couples from SA! We really enjoyed our time in SA, meeting Sean and Christoff and all the other people from Green Futures.... ;-) During our hike we were spoilt with delicious meals. Thanks, Nina, for your support with our trip and the Fynbos Trail booking - will keep a great memory of this experience! Best regards from Switzerland [Option 1, November 2019]'
Christine & Marco
'A really big thank you for an absolutely fabulous time on the Fynbos Trail. Christoff is phenomenal- his knowledge and humour made such a difference to our trip. Derek was so helpful and really went out of his way to make our stay memorable and we absolutely loved the accommodation. I really do hope to come back and will certainly recommend you to my friends and family. [Option 1, November 2019]'
'I write to say how much Glenda and I enjoyed the fynbos walk last week. We both agree that it was without doubt the best walk of its kind that we had been on. The accommodation and meals were good but what really made the walk worthwhile was the exposure to the beautiful flora and the insight which Christoff, and particularly you, gave to manner in which the flora is propagated. This was unsurpassed. We were also much impressed with how you are working to conserve the fynbos and working with the local community. May these efforts continue to prosper. The gift of the book on the Grootbos flowers was the cherry on the top. Its photographs and layout make identification so much easier. Thank you for the most excellent 3 days. [Option 1, October 2019]'
Roger & Glenda
'My second time doing the trail and again it was fantastic. Christoff is an absolute gem and makes the whole trail a pleasure with his extensive knowledge of the plants and all other interesting facts. He is a huge asset to your trail. Derek was a wonderful host too and logistically made sure everything worked seamlessly. Mike and his wife are the most wonderful couple and nothing is too much trouble for them. They too are an incredible asset to your team. It was magical! [Option 1, October 2019] '
'I am sending you our sincere thanks for making the Trail an amazing journey especially for me being the oldest. Just loved every moment being with your guys, Gareth, Christoff and Derek who are true professionals and gentlemen. Their enthusiasm and knowledge and willingness and can-do attitude really impressed the group so much. It was as we had known them all our lives. They are truly refreshing young men no doubt backed up by even more impressive partners! It was a privilege to have undertaken the Trail and I have made a point of broadcasting my experience to a number of my friends, gym mates, golfing buddies, etc. God bless. [Option 1 + Coastal, October 2019]'
Dave & Heather
'I absolutely loved the hike through your pristine piece of heaven. Thank you so much to Christoff for his patience and his wonderfully knowledgeable guiding, and thank you too to the caring staff who fed us so generously in your comfortable accommodations. Very best to you all, and thank you for all you do for the environment! [Option 1, September 2019]'
'I enjoyed the Fynbos Trail immensely. If ever there is a Star Rating for Trails in RSA the Fynbos Trail would qualify as Top Star for Service, Caring, Accommodation, Food and, of course, the Magic of the Fynbos Trail itself . I have shared all of this with Family and Friends both locally and abroad. The wonderful and enjoyable Vibe experienced with Family and Friends made the Fynbos Trail extra special. [Option 1, September 2019]'
'Dear Fynbos team, we would like to thank you for a great time we had on your trail. It is one of the most beautiful trails in South Africa. Your team members did go out of their way to make our experience memorable. Thank you Derek and Christoff! The accommodation was excellent with well equipped kitchens. The scenery was breathtaking, luckily we had good weather. [Option 3, August 2019]'
'Thank you for the wonderful weekend and the chance to share your beautiful space, we have returned refreshed and chuffed. [Option 3, August 2019]'
'We had a wonderful time on The Fynbos Trail. It was a great experience to break me in gently to my first hike. Christoff was an excellent guide, and we loved being spoilt by Mike and Indra and baby Christian. The food was delicious, and I particularly enjoyed the new accommodation at Witkrans. It is always luxurious to shower with a view. [Option 1, May 2019]'
Sue & Charles Marx
'We are a family of four (two boys, aged 10 and 12 years), and we had such a fantastic time. The natural forests and kloofs were an unexpected treat of lushness and beauty. The trail is not difficult, thus great for families. And our every need was catered for - we were fed like kings. Even the rain couldn't dampen our experience. Highly recommended! [Option 2, April 2019]'
'Thank you, we had one of the best experiences ever. Our guide was just amazing, my son (10 years) was stuck to him like super glue. We would love to do it when the flowers are out. The staff was superb, the hike was a good work out for us and the tree planting very special. We learnt a lot about the fauna and flora, birds, it was a very special trip. [Option 1, March 2019]'
'The trail was everything we had hoped for and more. The guides and staff were all most efficient, knowledgeable and helpful. The food was fabulous. Our overnight accommodations were perfect. The trail itself was beautiful, the fynbos, milkwood forests, water fall, picnic site, dams made each day special. We will definitely recommend your trail to friends and fellow hikers. Thanks for all you do to preserve the fynbos. [Coastal + Option 2, March 2019] '
Heather & Jean
'We would like to thank you for your warm-hearted hospitality we received on the hike, as well as all the knowledge that Billy engulfed us with. Just a pity that we didn't have a recorder with us to remember all of it. As Dave mentioned, it really was one of our favourite hikes as well. The Milkwood forest and Grootbos trees were spectacular (what a climb to get there). Not having to carry a lunch pack on our backs was a bonus...and to get a table laden to feast from in the 'bos' with a little stream burbling by...that was just WOW, not forgetting Lindsay's delicious spread on the bee farm nor the end of trail meal at Grootbos Lodge - you spoiled us to a tea. The area surrounding the farms, including the coastline, is absolutely amazing. Spotting the whales near the Klipgat Cave was super, seeing as it was early times for them... What you guys are doing is really visionary. Good luck and keep it up. [Coastal + Option 1, May 2018] '
Glyn and André Monni
'Hi Fynbos Trail people and all the excellent trailers, I was looking back at all the other 13 slack packing trails we have done since 2004 and this trail certainly rates in the top of them. That fynbos flora area is another dimension in ones life. Thanks to all the Fynbos team, Sean, Michelle, Nina and Billy for a really memorable trail. The accommodation and the food were outstanding. The lunch at Growing the Future was out of this world. South Africa has so much to offer. [Coastal + Option 1, May 2018]'
Dave and Gill Sole
'Dear Sean, Michelle, Nina [who we hoped to meet after putting up with all the changes] Billy and Fynbos team , Firstly a big thank you for transporting Helen between overnight venues and more particularly to enable her to join us for lunch each day. I certainly agree with my fellow hikers” Fynbos” has to rank up amongst the highest of the 14 hikes we’ve done to date. Well done, especially given the relatively short time your hike has existed, in comparison to many others we’ve done. The accommodation and meals were more than we would expect from a hike and our thanks for the hospitality provided by Rita, Frank , Mike & wife, Sean & Michelle[ especially for opening up their home to us] and their son’s pudding, excellent! Billy provided us with an overload of information, and yes if only we could have recorded it. We all came home with special memories to savour. Finally thank you for the beautiful book and excellent honey. Keep up the good work. [Coastal + Option 1, May 2018] '
John and Helen
'Baie baie dankie vir al julle moeite ons het regtig bederf gevoel, die kos, die blyplekke, en ons gids Billy… daar is niks waaroor ons kan kla nie Baie dankie ook aan Nina vir al die geduld met ons besprekings en vorms. [Option 1, May 2018]'
'Thank you so much - it was an awesome awesome hike. Will definitely spread the word ! [Option 1, May 2018]'
'I’d like to thank all of you for your hospitality and for looking after us so well. The whole Privett family, from Grandpa Dave to Sean to the two youngsters (death by chocolate pudding) and, of course, Michelle; Leopard Mike for sharing his knowledge and super photos (and so willingly helping with the food and chauffeuring); Pizza Mike for making sure we didn’t go hungry and showing us what pizzas should be like; Ingrid for being so kind and attentive; Kosi for looking after us in the cave and fetching and carrying our luggage; Lindsay for showing us around the wonderful farm and for the lovely lunch; our first night hosts at Bellamente who made sure we lacked for nothing and last, but definitely not least, Christoff. A fount of information of all things flora and fauna – and lots in between – great sense of humour and endless patience to put up with us all and for making sure we didn’t get lost, injured or left behind. Our experience is being spread far and wide and I think there are lots of folk who wished they had come with us. So thanks again, all, and let’s hope that our trees flourish (what a wonderful idea) and that when we next visit there is a forest of Cumhike plantings. The gift of the Grootbos Nature Reserve book was extremely generous as was the pot of fynbos honey and, of course, our Flower Valley certificate. [Coastal + Option 1, April 2018] '
'All of us so enjoyed our hike with you - my children and grandchildren all say that it will be a life-long memory! Please thank your team as well as Christoff and Billy for making it such a special three days. The fynbos was spectacular (particularly the leucospermums and mimetes), as were the surroundings. Both guides were excellent, keeping us informed and amused throughout the trail. Can't believe how many amazing stories we heard! The accommodation was great, the breakfasts were amazing (so much appreciated by all of us especially the grandchildren!) and the suppers were perfect. What added a completely new dimension to the trail were the tree-planting and the poetry reading in the midst of waterfall and forest - so much appreciated! So all in all 10 out of 10! [Option 1, December 2017] '
'Thank you for a fabulous fun few Fynbos days! We all loved the hike and had a lot of laughs. The scenery and flora were incredible and Billy brought it all to life for us beautifully. The organisation, accommodation and food were excellent and the trip made all the more special by the lovely touches of the signed book, the tree planting and (of course!) the wine tasting. [Option 1, November 2017]'
'Thank you for your email and a wonderful three days, the accommodation was most comfortable, the meals most delicious and Billy was a great and knowledgeable guide. All the extra treats were most appreciated too. You guys are doing great work in conserving the area, thank you. [Option 1]'
'This was an exceptional experience and thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. I am so pleased to have done this, and will definitely do it again. Your attention to detail in the accommodation is noted, and also on the trails with excellent signage and trail maintenance. Well done on your efforts and thank you for providing a wonderful experience. [Coastal add-on & Option 3]'
'What an astoundingly magnificent experience we have just had on the Fynbos Trail. The creation of this Trail is a remarkable achievement and I still can't imagine the physical effort that it must have taken to hack out and lay this trail metre by gruelling metre. We loved every minute and could not get over the beauty, colours and uniqueness of the Fynbos and Forests that we encountered every day! Christoff was great on our first add-on day and we loved the Coastal and Dune experience with him. His knowledge and love of what he does made it a privilege for us to have him as our guide. The overnight accommodation was beyond great!...we loved each chalet and house and so enjoyed spending our nights right in the middle of this pristine Fynbos world.... An all in all amazing experience. [Coastal add-on & Option 3]'
'We all had the most enjoyable time and everyone commented on the incredible beauty and diversity of the trail. The accommodation throughout was extremely comfortable and well kitted out. Christoff it was great having you show us the coastal route and to be the recipients of your vast knowledge and your enthusiasm! Thank you Nina for all the admin! And your timeous responses to all my queries. One day we will again walk the beautiful Fynbos Trail. [Coastal add-on & Option 3]'
'We would just like to thank you for an absolutely wonderful time we had on the Fynbos Trail these past four days. It was so much more than expected! Everything was great. The distances walked per day, the quality of stay and staff exceptional. Mike, Christoff and Billy the Kid knew their stuff and we are still suffering from information overload. It was fantastic, please convey our thanks. [Coastal add-on & Option 1]'
Johan & Naomi Pepler
'Wowzers!! What an awesome experience! You have a truly spectacular offering and we are all in awe of the beauty, comfort, ease and magic of your trail and accommodation offering! Thank you thank you for putting up with the changes, the questions and all the last minute 'I'll get to it ASAP' from my side. We really loved every minute! Thank you again - we will all be recommending the trail and can't wait to share it with more of our family and friends! [Option 3]'
'I wanted to extend a very sincere thank you to you all for the incredible experience of walking the Fynbos Trail last week. It was an amazing few days, and I am so grateful to you all for making it special. Sean, it was such a pleasure meeting you, and learning about the extraordinary biodiversity of the region. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your field guide, and promise to be much better informed when we visit you folks again, ha ha! Your passion for the region and all its creatures and plants is both admirable and impressive, and the whole family felt inspired. It was particularly special to have dinner with you and Michelle in your home, thank you so much for welcoming us into your space! Billy and Mike, it was a pleasure spending time with you. You both have so much to offer, knowledge in abundance, great stories and experiences to share, passion for all living components of that beautiful system, and a great sense of humor. You guys really are impressive, and you led the group with such a great attitude. I will recommend the trail to everybody I know who is going out your way! Nina, sorry we didn't meet, but thank you for helping to set it all up. We appreciate it very much. The accommodation was great on both nights, and the food was fabulous. The pace of the walk felt really good, I suppose we were a little slow, but that's because there were so many cool things to see! Sue, Nicholas and Megan really enjoyed it too! [Option 1]'
'We had a wonderful 3 days! Thank you all for your care and imagination in every aspect of the trail - from the preparatory arrangements (through Nina), to Billy's lively and very informative commentary on the fynbos, the birds, the insects and even the history of the area, to delicious meals, comfortable beds and the very special touches of Sean's book, tree planting, gifts of honey, and a fine lunch to welcome us at the end. I'll certainly be back - I was ready to start walking all over again on Saturday after lunch! Long may the Fynbos Trail flourish. [Option 1]'
'Thank you all for an amazing few days in one of the most beautiful biospheres in the world. We all had a great time with good exercise, awesome guiding and knowledge, great laughs and tasty food. The whole journey had many highlights, swimming in the cave, hiking to the top of Ben Nevis, and learning so much about nature. We all came away saying that was food for the soul. [Coastal add-on & Option 1]'
'Thank you all once again for an absolutely marvelous week. Organisation/Hospitality/Knowledge and Attention to Detail all incredible and much appreciated. [Option 1]'
'We so enjoyed our time on the trail. It was such an amazing experience to see the vast richness of plants and trees and to catch a feeling of your vision for the whole coastal area. Billy was the best guide and we are still talking about the inter-relatedness of plants, animals and insects which he explained so well. You were more than generous inviting us into your home with the wine tasting and stories of your home production! Michelle's delicious dinner made for a very happy evening together. [Option 1]'
'Thank you so much for the simply wonderful Fynbos Trail. We loved it - it was one of the best things we have ever done! The work you are doing on the reserve with the flowers, the farm, the conservancy and the educational side is completely mindblowing! Billy was a fantastic guide - a lovely character and so knowledgeable with a great love of nature. Thank you also for welcoming us all into your home and for the delicious potjie pots and choccy dessert. It was a truly memorable three days. We will definitely recommend the trail to our friends and family if they visit SA. [Option 1]'
'Many thanks to all of you for this fantastic experience! The whole arrangement was very well and carefully planned with good walking trails, fine accommodations and very delicious food. Nina's organization was perfect! Billy's guiding was really very excellent. He has a good knowledge of both the flora and fauna of the fynbos. We felt he was deeply rooted in this part of Western Cape and could tell a lot of interesting and humorous stories. Your book, Sean, will refresh our memory when looking of all our photos as well as learning more of the fynbos flora. Also, your catching enthusiasm gave us a desire to stay longer and learn more about all the projects. The wine tasting and dinner in your home, Sean and Michelle, was great and real hospitality. In the end the grand finale with a fine dining lunch at Grootbos Nature Lodge! For us coming from northern Europe it was especially interesting walking through the fynbos. Wishing all of you the best luck for the future, we really hope to be back sooner than later. [Option 1]'
Ulla & John Lindskog
'We are all still smiling from our few days with you all, it was truly memorable. We so valued your personal and personalised touches, accommodating various needs as they arose. You are remarkable in the ways you are putting the best understanding of sustainable development into practice. With our warm appreciation, The Solidaritree Collective! [Coastal add-on & Option 2]'
'Just to say we had a fabulous hike. We enjoyed every minute. The organisation was world class and how our teas, lunches, trees and transport (miraculously) appeared was amazing. Billy was a brilliant guide. He kept us entertained and informed for the full duration of the hike. His knowledge and understanding of the Fynbos and insects was amazing. His explanations of the inter relationships between plants, insects, the topography and soil types opened our minds and eyes to the incredible beauty of this area. Hiking without a Billy would be like walking in the dark. He shone a light on the whole experience. Thank you Billy, we had such fun. Sean your book and our chats with you was definitely the icing on the cake. Thank you!! Thanks for accommodation our idiosyncrasies and adapting your hike for us - it is much appreciated. Nina, thanks for all the administration and other tasks you did (in the background) which often go unnoticed. Michelle, on the Sunday - thank you for opening your home to 5 hikers, the tea and cake was yummy. You have a (most) beautiful home. I will watch the growth of my tree with interest and have already committed to bringing my grandchildren to see it once they are old enough. Thank you all for making our hike so special. But more importantly for managing and protecting this piece of paradise so my grandchildren can also enjoy it, sometime in the future. We wish you every success with the Fynbos trail, it was a humbling experience to have taken part. Thank you for the genuine friendship of all the Fynbos team.'
Arie van Esch
'The hugest thank you for such a special experience. There are few words to describe how awesome the Fynbos Trail was: from start to finish. You have put together a truly beautiful, authentic experience. Thank you.'
'We all had a wonderful time on the Fynbos Trail last weekend! Thanks for all your organising to accommodate our group's needs -your team was great with the logistics and transport. We loved the new wood fired hot tub after the long day's hike!'
'Thank you so much for the incredible trail Sean, Nina and the rest of the team. Awesome trail, food, hospitality, etc. We had so much fun and will definitely be back in your area again.'
'Thank you so much for a wonderful time on the Fynbos Trail. The hospitality was fantastic and I will highly recommend it.'
'Thank you so much... We felt at your place as being home and we also fell in love with the Fynbos nature. The trail and meeting so many lovely people connected with nature was our best experience of our this year's trip. Hope to see you soon again.'
Corinna & Wolfram
'Thank you to all of you, for a wonderful bonding happy laughing swimming fishing walking learning three days. We loved the diversity of the walk, our fabulous and very entertaining guide, and the treats at both venues (Pizzas and tastings). And of course the grand treat at Grootbos at the end. Thank you all for spoiling us and best wishes for continued success.'
'Thank you to the whole Fynbos Trail team for such a special experience! It was all so well put together and so well managed that it will always be memorable for me.'
'Thank you all very much for making the Fynbos Trail memorable. Nina's organisation was perfect, Billy and Christoff are both great guides and we appreciated the knowledge that they shared with us so willingly. Your book, Sean, will eliminate any excuses we have for our lack of Fynbos knowledge going forward. I thought the accommodation was exactly what was needed and the catering was all fantastic (a special thanks to Michelle for that). The area in which you live is truly unique and very beautiful. We had no idea about the forests, clear streams, and spectacular waterfalls hidden along a relatively drab stretch of road. I am sure many of us will return.'
'Thank you so much for an absolutely epic trail. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our time on the trail and at your great accommodation. We look forward to doing it again sometime and I am sure our kids will definitely do it as soon as their kids are old enough. Will spread the word!'
Roger & Penny Krohn
'We had a fantastic time with you guys and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Round House, the influx of knowledge and fun from Christoff and Billy, the hospitality and kindness of Perdita and Jan followed by you, Kosi and Shadow! We were made so genuinely welcome, fed far too much delicious scoff and absolutely loved it. Thank you all. For me it really was a Great Escape!!'
'We had an awesome weekend on the trail - the kids really enjoyed it and Billy particularly was great. Thank you so much.'
'Thank you all for a truly stunning weekend. Billy was a great guide with a huge knowledge of all that grows in the area. He also had a good sense of humour and had a few stories up his sleeve. Michelle and Sean your hospitality was wonderful, you really know how to make your guests feel at home. As if we weren't spoiled enough on Saturday the delicious meal at the Grootbos Reserve was the cherry on the top.'
Jayne & Gerald Stark
'Thank you for an awesome experience...came back feeling very refreshed and blessed. Thank you for opening your farm to us, and also for all the hard work towards conserving places like your farm. Incredible to see such ancient trees and also the beautiful fynbos.'
'Thanks to you and your team. An absolutely fantastic trip. Loved it.'
'I was a bit uncertain whether this trail would be all fynbos and a bit boring but it was actually extremely varied, very beautiful and made interesting by the 2 guides we had whose knowledge of the flora & fauna was encyclopaedic. The accommodation was great and we were made to feel most welcome, with nothing being too much trouble.'
'Thank you so much Sean and Michelle for a fabulous experience and warm hospitality. Hope to return sooner rather than later.'
'What a fabulous weekend you gave us all... the Fynbos Trail will never be forgotten. Billy was amazing, hauling me up some of the mountains and then of course his unbelievable knowledge of everything in the Grootbos Nature Reserve. I have had quite a few chats this morning and have definitely spread the word, not only to my children but to some of my 'young' friends as well. What more can I say ..... I wish you every success Sean. Thank you for your lovely book, read it into the night as did my mates.'
'Thank you all so much for our idyllic 'trail blazing' with the best guide ever, we loved every moment of it and will spread the word..... I love the book and will make good my promise to learn as many tree and plant names as I can jam into my head. With all the best wishes and so hope we may repeat our visit before we can't make it !!'
'Thank you so much for a fabulous couple of days. You have really done amazing work and I hope your projects grow from strength to strength. We were all so impressed with the hospitality and the effort that has gone into making the Fynbos Trail one of the best. To end up with lunch at Grootbos was a real treat!'
'Thank you both and Billy for a very wonderful trail. We so enjoyed learning more about the fynbos region and beautiful plant species. We found the trail educational and lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed our meals especially the potjie!'
Gertje and John Strachan
'A special thank you for making our weekend so fun-filled and entertaining. I know that the other ladies will agree that it was a very special time spent at a very special place, with very special people. I came back full of awe, having gained some knowledge (if only a tiny amount) of the glorious fynbos right on our doorstep. Sean and Billy, your enthusiasm was so catchy that your visitors would have to be dead not to become enthralled too. Take care and keep up the enthusiasm. You make us very Proudly South African!'
'We all thoroughly enjoyed our hike on the Fynbos Trail. Your whole team's hosting of our group was one of the highlights of our trip. In addition, being guided added a great deal to the hike, changing it from 'just a hike' to a few days that were extremely interesting, leaving us with more knowledge of a part of the world previously unknown to us. We wish you and your team success for the future and pray that your conservation and sustainability messages are spread far and wide.'
'I know you want us to tell people about your Fynbos Trail but I dont want anybody to know about this secret get-away. It was a magical 3 days and one of the best and most organised hikes I have ever done. The extensive milkwood forests and the different fynbos sections made me realize there was more to fynbos than I thought. Hearing about compressed sand dunes and limestone soils and the geology of the area was also very interesting. Every stop had another surprise and the people we met along the way were really friendly. The accommodation was very comfortable and the food provided was delicious and more than enough. Christoff our guide was fantastic. He had all sorts of stories on how to survive in the bush and which plants we could use for certain ailments. We all had wilde els (worm wood) sticking out of our ears and noses at one stage (hilarious)! Thanks again and again, and will definitely be seeing you again.'
'Just a brief note to thank you for what was a stunning trail experience. I cannot thank Christophe enough for his on going commentaries and for elucidating us on all the magnificent fynbos we passed on our daily trails - also for his patience and forebearance with slow coaches like myself. For a trail runner of his agility it must be difficult slowing down to a snail's pace especially on the uphill sections. I loved each and every day from the coastal add on to the last day which ended at the Groot bos hotel - that swim was magical! Thanks to Steve for the organisation, for Michelle for the delicious food (we felt thoroughly spoilt by your culinary skills and your attention to detail!) and of -course to Christophe our wonderful guide. Hopefully I can get a group together in the NOT too distant future to do the trail again - one misses so much when one is sweating in out and arguing with the hills.'
'Thanks again for a most memorable trip, and Michelle to you in particular for the innovative and lovely food. This experience will live with us for a long time. Been telling all my friends that the Fynbos Trail is the best activity they can do.'
'A fantastic trail, well organised, wonderful people on the team, diverse and interesting terrain, far beyond expectations. One of the best hikes I have been on!'
'Thank you for a superb trail experience over the past weekend. Your generosity was remarkable and so very much appreciated. We felt completely indulged by your generous sharing of your wealth of knowledge and experience, Sean; and superbly taken care of by your joint careful and thoughtful planning of the whole trail experience. Thank you both for opening your home, hearts and minds to us all, as well as sharing your corner of paradise. Thank you too to Matthew and Emma for being so welcoming and warm to us all.'
Frances & John Whitehead
'Thank you so much for your truly wonderful hospitality on your magnificent trail. Our group has done a lot of hiking together over the years and this past weekend's experience - scenery, information, food, comfort and companionship - has really been right up there with the very best. It was fantastic! Thanks too for the gifts of seeds and honey, which we are already making very good use of.'
'Thank you for our time on the beautiful Fynbos Trail, and your personal touches which make it so good. We enjoyed it all, especially the variety and surprises around every corner. It was really great!'
Kay & Garth Daneel
'What a wonderful experience the Fynbos trail is. We thoroughly enjoyed our trail and it was lovely to meet you and your family.'
'All in all it was a truly outstanding excursion through the fynbos at its finest, over hill and dale, forests over 1 000 years old, waterfalls, streams, lovely rickety bridges and incredible views towards Cape Agulhas and back towards Cape Point, the bays of Walker, Betty's and False and the mountains overlooking them. The scents of the myriad plants and the earth combined with the visual splendour and the exceptionally good company amounted to an absolute assault upon the senses that left us breathless (the ascent of the hills added to that sensation). Our accommodation was clean, comfortable and, while not 5*, very, very adequate and quite in synch with the nature of the whole experience; the company and the buzz over meals and drinks added to the whole feeling of this being a very special experience, not the least of which were the knowledge, affability and communication skills of our guides who certainly re-affirmed my love and awe of nature and the symbiotic reliance of life on this planet (it's just us humans who muck it up).'
'Thanks for a wonderful trail led by such a 'simpatico' team of 'real' people. Each one of us brought home such good energy from our experiences, plus so much information of our beautiful Cape surrounds. All due to YOU! Do hope we can return, but will certainly recommend the trail to others! Best wishes on your endeavour. It is so comforting to know people like you are out there looking out for our country.'
Dana & Owen Dean
'Hi Sean and Michelle and the Fynbos Trail Team, We were unanimous in our feeling that the Fynbos Trail was a special experience for all of us. You have managed to combine a professionally run offering with a personal and individual touch. Thank you for the opportunity of spending time with you all in the reserve. We all really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely sing your praises and wish you continued success with your projects there. From the: 'It's All About Us' Team J'
'Thanks it was a lovely hike and very much enjoyed it. Seeing Fynbos with a different eye now thanks to the wealth of information shared by our two great guides.'
Saskia Veldhuis and Bryan Thomas
'Thank you both so much for a wonderful few days hiking the Fynbos Trail. I enjoyed it immensely. It was especially good to have Sean and Billie as guides. I learnt so many fascinating extras about the Fynbos and the environment. It was a special treat for me. The flowers and the Fynbos were amazing! The food was equivalent, in my book, to gourmet meals. You certainly went the extra mile as far as feeding us was concerned. I know it takes a lot of hard work and organising. It is much appreciated. Thank you too for your very generous gift of the Grootbos Nature Reserve Book which is so beautifully written and illustrated. It is a real gem! Not to forget the jar of honey we were given before leaving the Grootbos Lodge after another delicious meal. All in all a wonderful few days. I hope to bring my family along in the not too distant future as I am sure they will love it. '
' We had a wonderful three days on the Fynbos Trail. It really is a magical experience. As I wrote to our daughter in Johannesburg this morning: The fynbos is magnificent (I have never seen so many leucospermum bushes before, but there were lots of other beautiful plants to see too), the organisation was efficient and effective, the accommodation was very comfortable, the catering was excellent, all the staff we met were friendly and helpful and the guides were outstanding. Please convey our thanks to Perdita, Jan and their staff at The Fynbos Retreat; to the delightful young man who transported our lunch on Wednesday and helped us to plant trees; to your own staff at Witkrans who were very much behind the scenes; to the staff at Grootbos who welcomed a very wet and muddy booted group into their smart lodge; and a very special thanks to Billy Robertson for a most interesting and humerous guiding experience. Our thanks to you too Sean for taking the time to act as our guide on Tuesday afternoon. It was a very special introduction to The Fynbos Trail. Michelle, a big thank you to you too for all the admin and organising behind the scenes and for your mouth watering catering for twelve hungry hikers on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.'
'It is very difficult to put into words just how magnificent this hike was. Our two guides were so well informed and the many delightful stories related were all insightful. We were left with a heightened awareness of the cycle of life and our unequivocal interdependence. The Fynbos Trail is not just a hike it is a life experience.'
'Thank you so much for such a well organised & enjoyable weekend, one that will always be remembered.'
'Absolutely loved the hike. Have been singing its praises to anyone who will listen. Thanks for everything. Will see you again.'
'As someone who has been privileged to do 'big' hikes such as Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua, I can vouch that the Fynbos trail was one of the nicest gems of a trail I have done in a long while! Conveniently close to Cape Town to break away for a weekend from a stressed life and to land in a world filled with unbelievable specimen of fynbos, bird life and comfortable, walkable hills! And the luxury of a warm, soft bed and a warm shower together with not carrying a 20kg back pack is out of this world!! I have already told some friends of this gem and will spread the word although a bit reluctantly, as I almost would like to keep this secret to myself!!'
'Wow, this trail is absolute value for money. Top class catering all the way through and accommodation extremely comfortable. We were fortunate enough to also enjoy the coastal add on morning - no whales for this time of year but we'll be back to do it again. Thank you Michelle for all your attention to detail throughout the trail. We loved Sean and Billy our extremely knowledgable guides.'
'Just to thank you for the most wonderful hike on the Fynbos trail. I cant find words to describe it. Spectacular describes it all. The scenery, perfectly organised, the guideing, the food, the company, just everything. It was stunning and we loved every minute of it. What is so nice is that at 72 we can still manage to get out there and walk in the fynbos. Thank you for the book (which was really special).'
'Many thanks for a very well organised trail. I have been on quite a few slack packing trails and this one must rank as one of the best. Thoroughly enjoyed every second. '
'Many thanks for a fabulous experience, The Fynbos trail was super. Your hospitality is awesome, the setting superb, the kindness appreciated! '
'Thank you for spoiling us on the hike. We thoroughly enjoyed the trail and thought the catering and hospitality was outstanding. We will definitely recommend it to our hiking friends. Hope all your endeavours go from strength to strength.'
'Thank you for spoiling us on the hike. We thoroughly enjoyed the trail and thought the catering and hospitality was outstanding. We will definitely recommend it to our hiking friends. Hope all your endeavours go from strength to strength.'
'It was really a very special experience on all kinds of fronts. Your friendliness, openness and generosity as well as your wide knowledge and love for nature were all very heartwarming and appreciated. I can't thank you all enough. You have created something very unique, and very special. '
'Uit die hart uit: Baie dankie dat julle ons die afgelope paar dae ontvang, getrakteer en op die stap pad begelei het. Dankie, vir jul hartlike vriendelikheid. Dankie dat julle ons telkens oor die natuur en ons Skepper laat verwonder het. Ek en die ander het die stap inderdaad as 'n spirituele retreat beleef.'
Thinus en Driekie, Salie en Louisa
'I've done a lot of hikes and I always have a fantastic time, but Fynbos trail has been a very special experience. It was such a privilege to be able to share in Sean and Billie's vast knowledge of the area and the incredible beauty of the trail. Sean's book is a wonderful keepsake. Michelle, I love your attention to detail and the gracious way in which everyone involved has welcomed us and taken care of all our needs. Even poor Dale has kept it together when Jane wanted to trade him for honey!! The poor guy will never be the same again. Billie might also need a little holiday. Thank you for making your corner of paradise available to us to enjoy. '
'I would just like to say a very big thank you to you and your team for THE most amazing hike I have done. It was a dream come true and more than met expectations. Your knowledge and means of communicating to us 'townies' was amazing and so inspiring. It's great to know that such amazing things are being done amidst all the doom and gloom. Its certainly something to hang on to. What a way to walk, NO COOKING at the end of the day. '
'A very Big Thank You for giving the Fynbos Fillies the most Wonderful 3 days. I cannot fault anything ,everything was perfect.'
'Thank you all so, so much for an absolutely amazing time! I could not fault anything and it was a pleasure to be hosted by such an amazing and informative crew.'
'Thanks for hosting us on your amazing trail......one of the nicest slack pack trails I've done. Great routes, accommodation and food. .....just loved it. '
'Thank you once more for the lovely 3 days we all had.Your passion and dedication is wonderful to see.'
'It was a beautiful hike and such wonderful and warm hospitality. '
'I learnt quite a few new fynbos facts, and saw many species I haven't encountered before :-) It was a real honour to walk with such knowledgeable and entertaining guides. Walking with Billy was lovely- his love for nature is so contageous.'
'As you probably gathered we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our time with you. The guiding and hospitality were first class and I hope we can send some more guests your way in the future. I had been really looking forward to doing the trail but it far exceeded my expectations so thank you all for such a lovely and memorable experience. '
'Thanks a ton for a really super time on the Fynbos Trail. We all thoroughly enjoyed our 'annual hike'. The trail was not too strenuous but did make us puff at times and the overnight accommodation was just something else.'
'An enormous thank you for the last few days. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be recommending you. Thankyou for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge - just which I could say that I will remember it all or even some of it! Also a huge Thankyou for your hospitality and inviting us into your home'
'I am sure I am speaking for the whole group when I say we had a truly wonderful time - beautiful nature, inspired commentary, and such amazing hospitality! '
'Allow us to thank you very, very much for an absolute wonderful experience on the Fynbos Trail. The scenery was awesome . The walking was not to tough - except for maybe the afternoon of the second day. The food was most excellent, also that beer at lunch, so were the facilities. Our regards and thanks to Jan, Perdita, Paula and Francisco for their hospitality. '
Frans Nel and Family
'We would like to thank you, Sean and all the staff involved in our arrangements during the Fynbos Trail. We enjoyed every moment of our hike and appreciate everything you did for us. We hope to see you soon again.'
Suzette Van Schalkwyk
'Thank you so much for a wonderful WONDERFUL weekend full of excitement, laughter and knowledge. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have made some awesome memories. The weekend was not only educational but so well planned and executed. I particularly love my tree. Thanks for the coordinates. I will certainly love to do this again. All the best going forward. '
Dale De Villiers
'What a truly wonderful experience - only 3 days, 2 nights but a world away from life (albeit marvellous!) in the city. Amazing value - notable pizzas (courtesy of Billy), mugs of coffee to ease our way, an attractive and well written book for the shelves, huge amounts of incredibly fascinating information thanks to Sean and Billy (if only our brains could remember it all!), fantastic company, a tree especially to remember the occasion and those we love, fires, warmth, bird song, deliveries of wine and all sorts to soothe when needed.'
'I know we'll all be writing to you as we gave your trail a unanimous thumbs-up - it was a great experience and I am so delighted that we - in the end - opted for the guided trail. Had we not done so, we'd have missed out SO much. To walk in those wonderful surroundings was magic but to have the extra dimension of your knowledge and the much appreciated sense of humour was the cherry on the top!! Thank you again for a great experience and for your care throughout the trail.'
'A huge thank you to for an experience of a lifetime, walking in the magnificent fynbos and forests of your Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. We loved every minute of it. What a privilege to be able to soak up the wisdom and knowledge of decades of research into the fascinating world of fynbos - all in the space of three days! Our eyes were opened to a whole new window on the world, and our heads are still abuzz with all the wonderful stories and amazing facts. And what a treat to have a signed copy of Sean's Field Guide which will be a constant companion on all our fynbos hikes from now on. It will be a treasured memento of our trip and reminder of the fascinating fynbos journey we encountered! Thank you so much, too, for the delicious banana bread on arrival and sumptuous lunch on day two. We felt like royalty as we were handed from one personalised guide to the next and treated to all the delicious fare along our trail!'
'Thank you so much for the last few days on the Fynbos Trail. We loved every moment of it, and were totally captivated by the flora - and the stories you told about them. What a great privilege to have such expert guides! My knowledge of fynbos has taken a huge leap forward! We also very much enjoyed the overnight stops, the forest lunches, and the welcome drinks each day - Billy's iced rooibos tea followed by the best pizzas in the world, Michelle's ginger beer, Bhodi Khaya's sweet melon juice... Topped off by a swim and delicious lunch at the Lodge.'
'Thank you all for your graciousness, love and caring on what turned out to be the loveliest trail of our lives. We were so fortunate just being the two of us and being able to take time photographing so many lovely flowers and enjoying all your stories Sean and Billy.'
'Thank you both so very much for a truly awesome, exhilarating and informative experience. The Fynbos Trail!!. Without a doubt Sean, you have no equal in your passion, expertise and in your endeavour to foster, grow and share this knowledge you have with others. A special thanks for the gift " A Field Guide to the Flora of Grootbos Nature Reserve", it shall remain a fondly treasured reminder of the special folk we met and an unbelievable Garden of Eden in the Wild experience. '
'Thank you for organizing a wonderful hike for our family. Everyone really enjoyed it. The accommodation was perfect, the food great and the scenery beautiful. We especially appreciated the "little extras" that you so thoughtfully included - like the treasure hunt and prizes for the kids, the field guide of the flora found on the Grootbos reserve and sending the vehicles out to collect those who did not want to walk in the rain - which was just enough to make things interesting but not miserable. This is the best value for money trail that we have experienced.'
'We enjoyed ourselves so much - I've come out of it with a massive sense of awe for the way nature works, and how delicate the balances are between plants and animals within an ecosystem. Amazing!'
'By far the best slackpacking trail I've done. The guiding was excellent; the food innovative, fresh and tasty; the company very entertaining and the champagne...well, let's just say it went down well. Thanks Billy, Sean, Colleen and Michelle for such a stimulating time. BEST OF ALL: the fynbos flowers donned their flawless beauty all the way along the trail - despite the rain. Stupendously beautiful and just perfect.'
'Oh what a joy it was to do the Fynbos Hike. The most memorable 3 days of my life so far, and I am 71. We all loved it and want to return for sure. We were treated like royalty, and I didn't use my washing up gloves once lol. I have looked through the flower book several times and it all comes back, the good times not the long uphills which I thought would never end. But that's old hikers for you, not fond of long uphills. But the views at the top all made it worthwhile. Even the rain didn't bother me. I keep wondering if the sun had been out how many more flowers there would have been to take pics of. Then we would never have got to the end that day. So again, thank you all for the wonderful holiday we had. You are all such lovely kind caring people, do so hope you get many many more visitors and can keep going for ever!'
'I would rate this trail as the best Fynbos interpretive trail by far'
'I think that Fynbos Trail has the potential to become one of the best and most recognised in SA, being the place people come to who are really interested in understanding what the Cape Floral Kingdom is all about.'
Frank Dwyer Slackpacker SA
'Thanks for a fantastic weekend, the acrobatics, laughs, exchange of knowledge, delicious food and dam good company.'
'We all enjoyed it so much and it was a pleasure to deal with you from the word go. Thank you Michelle for all your prompt replies to our emails, for the full explanations, for being able to accommodate all our different needs and for providing such a delicious picnic at our lunch spot on the second day. It is certainly the best we have had on a trail and a great change from compressed sandwiches! Sean , thank you so much for so much..for guiding our walk personally and sharing your wide knowledge and love of the fynbos country you live in. We have done ten years of hikes with this particular group and we all felt it was at the top of our lists for quality of experience.'
Peter and Alice Wilkes
'It was a really special walk through the most beautiful Fynbos in an area that I'd never been to. I'd really love to do the whole trail next time and as I have very keen hiking children and friends, I hope it won't be too long before we do it again. Well done and thank you again'
'Many thanks for truely magical trail and thanks also for the photos. It was perfectly organised for our group, with just the right amount of walking, lovely places to stay and such lovely environment to walk in. Sean, your discussions on the plants were truely inspirational and made the hike just so very much better than I had expected. As I said, I would like to come again in.'
'We enjoyed every minute of our time with you all and on the beautiful,interesting and exeptionally well organised trail. Well done to you all, huge amount of work and attention. We also never stopped laughing! Thanks Sean for your amazing patience, knowledge, sense of humour and flexibility!! We are indebted to and love you all.'
Ivan and Dan Harris
'Thank you for your lovely note and pics and for a wonderful trail. I loved it all and will certainly recommend your whole enterprise to everyone.'
'A special thanks from me for catering to our every need to perfection. The trail was excellent value and we all enjoyed it. Billy and Colleen were fantastic - friendly and hospitable. The fynbos was beautiful, the wine tasting was great and a nice treat, the survivor type lunch on day two was a feast in a magic spot and the lunch at Grootbos was magnificent - wow! Even the rain and getting drenched didn't spoil our fun. A real getaway and comfy. Somehow there was just the right mix of everything and it worked like a charm.'
'The trail was truly wonderful - so much more than we ever expected and with every detail catered for. I am especially grateful for all your extra efforts in catering for my gluten allergy. I didn't have to miss out on an'
'When the accolades grow - as they must ultimately do - for the feat accomplished by Sean in establishing the Fynbos Trail then most hikers and flower lovers-local and international will learn of this gem on Cape Town's outskirts. Untill then it rests with me-on behalf of The Alter Kakker Group to thank Sean and his team of supporters for a most memorable experience and pleasant 3 day hike. The attention to detail in construction of the trail and efforts by Sean and Billy to show it to best advantage speak of a passion to their cause which must be experienced by all nature lovers. From Sean's painstaking efforts to educate us in the field of fynbos and other flora in plain language to the quality of the overnight accommodations this has been an experience that cannot be too highly recommended.'
'I think the only time i have experienced such t.l.c was in i.c.u after an op. Sean was the most courteous and obliging and fielded the million questions which came your way, literally took them in your stride (if you will permit me another pun!). oh that i can recall some of the details of nature which you shared with us to relate to my sons and grandkids and friends. I trust i will use your "GROOTBOS NATURE RESERVE" book as a reference for recall? It would help to humble them all so much more. The big guy upstairs sure knew what HE was about when he planted his garden. Mathew, if and when you get up to speed with the guitar, let me know and we can get back to work on that song i sang to you. You're a great guy and fun to be with , and remember, "never throw stones at your mother..'
'It was a glorious trail, and having Sean's knowledge of the fynbos, trees and the environment to hand with us on it, added so much. But you both were so good to us and had thought out the details of it so well. That showed in all kinds of both big and little things, and the time at Bodi Khaya was a treat. I've been re-living it looking at Sean's Field Guide to Grootbos - now that's a wonderful book, and I'm so pleased to have a copy. All strength to your elbows - may you and your trails prosper.'
'A special weekend to be remembered forever! We will certainly spread the word and wish you all great success with your venture. Attention to detail was exceptional and everyone agreed it was true value for money '
'The trail was fantastic and above everyones expectations! '
'On behalf of us all in the 'Crazy Whiskey' group a huge Thank You to you and your team for your kindness and for an unforgettable experience in the Fynbos! With no doubt, we had loads of Fun on the hike and also definitely took home an enrichment of interesting information on the Cape's Fauna and Flora. The tree-planting project was the highlight for most of us.'
Ute - Namibia
'Looking back on our days of your company and hospitality, mountain ridges, ancient forests, secret swimming places and swathes of flowers shy and bold with many attendant disperser creatures, we feel very privileged to have enjoyed all that you shared with us so generously. We were greatly enriched by Sean and Billy's deep fund of knowledge and stories of the wild bush, and the many special touches (wine tasting by starlight, bush drinks, lunch spread in shade when were hot and tired, tea by the waterfall, sunglasses retrieval service, gift of honey and field guide and so much more) - we are already spreading the word to friends, and talking of coming again in the winter.'
Sue and Jonny