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Guided Nature Walks at Bouchard Finlayson

Words: Julie Velosa | Photography: Julie Velosa

If you’ve ever looked around at the Cape’s natural and rich biodiversity and wanted to know more, then a guided walk with Frank Woodvine at the Bouchard Finlayson estate comes highly recommended. Frank retired as curator of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, a position he held for many years, and now spends a large portion of his time on the Bouchard Finlayson Estate as an environmental consultant. This involves not only guiding tours across the estate but also includes removing alien vegetation in an eco-conscious way and other important projects such as creating a composting system from the remnants of winemaking production. He works with a small team restoring sections of the estate that have been damaged by flooding and erosion, coaxing the indigenous vegetation back to its rightful place.

Frank is incredibly knowledgeable and downright entertaining and time simply passes by as you make your way across the estate. The beauty of the rich flora will take your breath away, as will the views from atop the ridges of the property. READ MORE.

Walking trails: 45 minutes, 60 minutes and 2.5 hours are available. The cost is R300 for up to 6 people, thereafter an additional R50 per person is charged.  A maximum of 12 people in a group. For those who prefer to do a self-guided walk – please collect a map and sign indemnity forms at the cellar door.

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