The first day of September arrived with sunshine beamed from the happiest parts of the heavens, opening up the sweet-smelling flowers and transforming formerly haggard people into cheery elves. Complementing the beginning of unofficial spring (If you want to split hairs, spring occurs after the equinox which is after the 23September) we have been experiencing, there are some fantastic outdoor events in Gansbaai to attend and witness the glorious fynbos trails.
Funky Fynbos Festival
On the weekend of the 12-14 September, the first ever Funky Fynbos Festival will be held in Gansbaai. The festival’s goal is to allow people, locals and visitors alike of all ages, to enjoy the natural splendour of Gansbaai and explore its many attractions like never before while learning more about the area and sustaining it. The activities on offer range from full blown exercise –mountain biking and trail runs –to fynbos-related displays, harvest demonstrations and walks to fun, family activities like fishing, horse riding and quad biking.
The bike races and trail runs each have three different distances, meaning that all fitness levels are taken into account, but each runner will have the same divine experience of making their way through the Uilkraals Valley –alive with diverse bird species and natural features including waterfalls, fynbos and forest. For those not keen on running or biking, 4X4 and tractor guided tours are available while the little naturists will delight in the Fairies in the Fynbos walk, which allows visitors to pick pincushion fynbos ecologically.
Like Funky Fynbos on Facebook and keep up to date with their happenings and the details of how you can enter one of their trails and races.
All that nature hiking, cycling and exploring works up an appetite, which will be sated by the Foodie Meander, occurring on the Saturday. Visitors can buy a ticket that will take you on a gastronomic tour to nine of Gansbaai’s best restaurants, with all transport provided, so you can enjoy a few glasses of wine without worry. With everything organised, meander is the watchword –so allow yourself to eat, drink and be merry with ease.
What more could you want from a weekend in Gansbaai? For those wanting to stay over the weekend, contact the Roundhouse for impeccable accommodation while those wanting to watch the whales and shark cage dive (it’s peak season for both!) can contact Shark Bookings.