The Suurbraak Trails in partnership with the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy: Two heavenly trails through the historic Xairu community.
After many months of building and planning, the trails are open. 4 routes across the conservancy which include over 75 river and fence bridges. Awesome stuff. Permits from the conservancy office for R50 or annual permit for R300. All funds go to support the conservation activities of the conservancy.
Come out and enjoy the trails.
Today we explored some of the amazing potential for horseback trails in the mountains. For those who love to ride horses, or are unable to walk or bike, this is a wonderful treat. The views were amazing and we did not have to clean the thick mud from our bikes. #Dundonald farm and #honeywood both have horses to ride. Why not get away for a winter weekend and explore the conservancy on horseback.
This weekend the grootvadersbosch conservancy hosted a two day trail run organized by quantum adventures with support from many conservancy members. Thanks to everyone for attending and for all the hard work. The weather was fabulous and showcased the amazing trails in the area. We look forward to seeing people back to explore. Our website has suggested places to stay. You'll need many weekends to see it all.
Some pictures from the weekend. See more on our Facebook page. Thank you Jacques Marais for sharing them with us.
We'd love to hear your feedback from the race. Please Tell us what you loved or what could be changed to make it better.
After a year of planning and meetings, we have started building our first trail loop in the network. Unfortunately, after 16 months of discussions we were not able to get a signed MOU from Cape Nature to link our network with the existing trails in Cape Nature. The LBI trails will therefore have to bypass Cape Nature. We have presented the trail loops to Swellendam Municipality and we are engaging with Suurbraak community to get approval for the route across the communal land. In the mean time, MOUs have been signed with the private landowners and the first loop will take riders across private farms and showcase lowland fynbos, pastures littered with lovely cow tracks and into the magnificent Langeberg mountains. All our trails focus on linking existing trails, gravel tracks and cow paths. The building is creating employment for local community members and will support many more as we bring sustainable eco-tourism to the region.
Our launch date is early next year and we have lots of building ahead. Thank you Table Mountain Fund for your support
On the 27th March, The LBI eco-trail Network project was launched. The meeting was hosted at Honeywood farm and was attended by GVB Conservancy Members, Swellendam tourism, Suurbraak, Hessequa Municipality, Barrydale Crew Members, Skeiding, Table Mountain Fund, SanParks and Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust.
The meeting provided an opportunity to present the project to partners and to learn from other trail building initiatives on the west coast and the Rim of Africa. Thanks to Nolo Gwangqa, Ivan Groenhof and Tracey Philips for sharing your experiences.
The day before the meeting, a short tour across the region was organised to showcase the region to our funders, TMF. Thank you to Dr Cliff Dlamini and Carla Wood from TMF for joining us and for believing in this project.
Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and particularly those who were such wonderful hosts to our visitors, including Honeywood farm, Dundonald, Skeiding, Frier Hill, BontebokPark, Suurbraak, GVB Trust, Strawberry Hill.