So we’re on to day 2 of the Gansbaai adventure weekend. But let me first tell you about our home base…
We stayed at the tranquil and super cosy Fynbos Retreat, a little gem hidden in the hills of the Grootbos Nature Reserve between Gansbaai & Stanford. Not only is this the perfect spot to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you can also feed your adventurous spirit by going on a hike, a mountain bike ride or a refreshing swim in the dam.
There are 2 fully equipped houses where one can stay. Arum Lily House has an old Cape Dutch feel and can sleep 12 people:
Then the Fountain Bush Cottage has a more modern look and can sleep 6 people:
The other thing you might want to know about this particular cottage is that it has an outdoor shower. Which is very cool, but just keep an eye out for hikers & mountain bikers. We gave one guy quite a surprise and he almost hell off his bike. I don’t think that was the kind of “bird watching” he had in mind when he read the brochure.
After breakfast on Sat we got to explore the Stinkhoutsbos forest which is literally a 2min walk from the Arum Lily House.
Here we got to see beautiful old Stinkwood & Milkwood trees. Our guides, Billy & Colleen, who also manages Fynbos Retreat and pretty much looked after us for the weekend, made sure to give us lots of info on the flora & fauna from the area. It’s really nice to meet people who are truly passionate about that kind of stuff. Being a city girl I’m definitely only “street smart”, not “bush smart”. So in a game of Survivor for example, I’d be good with the mind games, but would probably not last past day 2 cause I would end up eating some poisonous berry or lying on some soft leaves that ends up giving me a full body rash or something.
I really liked the fact that at Fynbos Retreat you could just chill because it’s so peaceful there. But if you happened to get tired of that, there’s also lots and lots for you to do. Perfect.
Billy mentioned that a lot of people stay over at Fynbos Retreat for one night as part of a 3 day hike that they organise. You can check out the Walker Bay Trails website for more info or follow Billy on twitter (@walkerbaytours).
Or to simply make a booking at Fynbos Retreat, contact them on:
- 028 384 8048