A large group of Wednesday botanical enthusiasts set off on Wednesday on the new trail that Frank Woodvine has laid out on De Bos farm, next to De Bos dam on the Karwyderskraal road, in the Hemel & Aarde Valley. The trail will be self-guided with arrows indicating the way and numbered posts with a descriptive guide explaining features of interest at each post. The trail starts at De Bos’s new restaurant and wine tasting centre, passes though wetlands with rich bird and plant life as well as vineyards and orchards and reaches the lowers slopes of the Babylonstoring mountain range. Here the fynbos was spectacular. Protea lacticolor was in full bloom. We were thrilled to find Amphithalea tomentosa and the rare Audouinia capitata both in bud which warrants another visit soon when the pretty Erica peziza will be in flower too. There was a beautiful Aspalathus we need to identify and more.
The rail is 7.3 km long but shorter versions are possible. Definitely worth exploring.
Submitted by Di Marais