The Walker Bay Diversity Trail is embedded in a long history of conservation and heritage. The Trail traverses the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy – of which trail founders Sean and Michelle Privett are longstanding and active members.
The conservancy is a collaborative conservation partnership between nearly 50 different private landowners who collectively own and protect 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
from rare forest patches and incredibly diverse mountain fynbos areas to endangered limestone and wetland vegetation. The region is also home to a wide variety of fauna including 106 bird species, 30 mammals, 46 reptiles, 22 amphibians and a wonderful world of shy insects.
conservation and social development
By hiking the trails, you contribute directly towards the conservation and social development work taking place in the conservancy.
For example, funds 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.
The historical significance of this region
The Walker Bay coastline has a fascinating and deeply significant history in terms of early human origins. The Diversity Trail explores the archaeological site at the Klipgat Cave and brings to life the story of how our early ancestors survived and flourished along these shores.
Hikers on the Diversity Trail have the opportunity to taste the magnificent wines from Lomond Wine Estate – a dedicated conservation partner in the Walker Bay Fynbos 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 Nature Reserve. 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 fauna.
Here are some of our projects and opportunities:
Future Trees Forest Restoration Project
See how conservationists in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy turned a devastating fire that destroyed large areas of ancient forests into a restoration project while also creating employment.
The origins of humankind
The Walker Bay coastline holds huge significance in terms of early humankind. The Klipgat Cave, for example, is a vital landmark along South Africa’s Cradle of Human Culture.