Cape Fynbos is a unique wonder of our world. Fynbos is the term given to a collection of plantlife, mainly shrubs, found in the South-Western and Southern Cape regions of South Africa. Fynbos makes up eighty percent of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which covers an area of less than 90 000 square kilometres and hosts 8 600 plant species. Table Mountain alone has almost 1 500 species in 57 square kilometres. So special is the Cape Floral Kingdom that it has been designated as one of the earth’s six plant kingdoms.
Fynbos can be defined as a shrub, composed of an unusual mixture of plant types of different shapes and sizes. There are four types of these growth forms; the proteoids – tall protea shrubs with large leaves; the ericoids – heath-like shrubs; reed-like plants – the restoids and bulbous herbs – the geophytes.
The Western Cape region is a wonderland of botanic treasures. Perhaps the region most famed for its Fynbos population is the Karoo. The Karoo is a broad, primarily sandy expanse of plains divided between the Little Karoo, nearer the coast and the Great Karoo. The broad plains are dotted with flat-topped mesas and kopjes (conical hills) while the area between the Great and Little Karoo can be quite mountainous. The Karoo is where tourists come to rest and recharge the inner batteries of their soul, whilst exploring, enjoying and fulfilling a need for some unusual entertainment.
So, book into a charming lodge like the White Lion Lodge and explore the natural wonder of Fynbos whilst enjoying world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional personal service and delicious cuisine.
If self-catering accommodation is more up your street, then the Akkerboom Country Cottages in Barrydale may just be for you. The cottages offer an ideal family holiday venue and is located just two and a half hours from Cape Town.
The Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat offers the avid nature fan luxurious, comfortable accommodation in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Each cottage comprises en suite bedrooms in Cape cottage style with dakriet ceilings, kaggels and tiled floors with private braai facilities. Cottages are screened by indigenous shrubs with stunning views down the Tradouw Valley and onto the orchards and mountains.
Unwind and explore the wonders of the Karoo and the unique fragrances of Fynbos.