Blue Mountain Trail





Fynbos is a distinctive heathland unique to the Western Cape of South Africa. It is both the smallest and the richest floral kingdom in the world, with an extraordinarily high number of its plant species found nowhere else. The Green Mountain and Blue Mountain Trails take hikers through exclusive areas within the Kogerlberg Biosphere, a 100,000-hectare area within the Fynbos which is the world Hot Spot for plant diversity and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are several endemics, among them the Marsh Rose (Orothamnus zeyheri), the Silver Pagoda (Mimetes hottentoticus) and the critically endangered Mace Pagoda (Mimetes stockoei).


All the farms we visit are family owned and each has its own story.

WILDEKRANS COUNTRY HOUSE is a historic 1811 homestead with a rambling country garden. Home to a private collection of South African contemporary art and antique furniture, the atmosphere is relaxed, quirky and ancient, all rolled into one. View more details on Wildekrans Country House

Iona – Hikers are treated to a visit to Iona at the end of the second day’s hike. The philosophy at Iona is to make wine that expresses the soils and climate as closely as possible, making use of sustainable farming methods and to maximise the use of natural products in farming and winemaking. Everything is done in-house. From the vineyard to the wine distribution, for Andrew and Rozy Gunn, Iona is the sole source of their focus, passion and great joy.

Almenkerk Wine Estate – The Blue Mountain Trail ends with a lunch at a small, family-owned wine estate, Almenkerk. The estate is owned by the Belgian/Dutch van Almenkerk family and run by Natalie and Joris van Almenkerk. Whilst Joris has fun making award-winning wines, Natalie is in charge of sales and marketing, PR and admin. Patriarch, Joep, helps out with sales, frequent wine tastings and as a mentor on the business side.


The combination of fresh air and hiking never fails to build an appetite. The diversity of the area is also appreciated by the palate, where the food and wines enjoyed by hikers reflect the differences in soils and rainfall. Feedback from hikers describes the food as a “veritable feast” and it’s as much a gourmet experience as it is a hike. The cuisine is seasonal and fresh, produced on many of the participant farms. Olives, brinjals, asparagus, basil, lemons, tomatoes, gooseberries, apples, pears, plums and peaches are just a few of the locally grown ingredients that find their way onto the dinner plates of Blue Mountain Trail hikers. Hikers frequently ask for the recipes of the dishes served on the trail, so we figure we’re on the right track! Some of the favourites are melanzane parmigiana, slow-cooked lamb shanks, fresh herbed fish poached in Sauvignon Blanc, and berry pavlova.


On the higher reaches of the trail, hikers may catch sight of klipspringers, standing like sentinels against the sky. Nesting Verreauxs eagles are another special sighting for the area. Duiker and Grysbok may be seen on the lower mountain slopes while secretive Mountain Leopard and Caracal slip by unseen or by night leaving their tracks along the trail. With over 200 species of birds sighted in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the hiker can expect to be rewarded with the endemic Orange Breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugarbird and on the farmlands below the regal Blue Cranes are often seen striding through the fields or giving their melodic trumpeting call as they soar gracefully above the horizon.


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Curious693755 - @Curious693755
Curious693755 - @Curious693755Spectacular!
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Prepare for an absolute treat! The hikes are incredible with spectacular views and an awesome sense of space and being completely immersed in nature. The guides are very knowledgable and patient. Alison and her team went above and beyond to make us comfortable. Delicious food accompanied by delicious wines! The accommodation is comfortable with crispy linen and all the little goodies that you need. We carry beautiful memories of a happy time in a beautiful part of our country. Thank you! - 26 March 2024
Ann R
Ann RLoved it
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Just gorgeous, learnt a huge amount about the fynbos which is so beautiful to walk through. Some toughish climbs but worth it for the scenery. Great food and accommodation, all details considered. - 25 March 2024
Curious616522Soul time
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"Into the mountains we go, to lose our minds and find our souls". And we did! What a wonderful experience. - 18 October 2023
Patrick D
Patrick DSuperb Experience
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A very well organisez and beautiful trail. Experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. Highly recommended. - 2 April 2023
Lynda C
Lynda CBlue Mountain Trail Bliss!
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An absolutely blissful 3 days of walking while being so well taken care of by our Guides and the staff back at home base. The trail is manageable and each day leaves you feeling challenged, refreshed and ready for a good rest. The personalised wine tastings and amazing food each day made it a truly memorable and highly enjoyable experience overall. Thank you to Alison and the entire Blue Mountain Trail team for a great 3 day break from the grind. Soul and body restored. - 27 October 2022

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