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Jun 16

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Flower Valley Farm

In the Western Cape we’re fortunate in the variety of places we can take our dogs for nature walks. The Grootbos turnoff is on the road between Stanford and Gansbaai. It’s a pleasant dirt road and one of the special places it leads to is the amazing Flower Valley Farm. Flower Valley Farm is the home of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust which is a registered Non-profit organisation. Situated only 220km from Cape Town and with pet friendly accommodation in the area, this makes it a perfect destination for a weekend away.

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When researching the area for our visit to Platbos Forest, I discovered Flower Valley which is dog friendly and has five hiking routes to choose from. The routes range from three to seven kilometers in distance, we opted for the seven kilometer Stinkhoutsforest Trail. You head up the hill for magnificent views and then down into the valley and through the Afromontane Forest. I’ve seldom encountered so much variety on a single walk.

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There’s a stream that runs through the forest with some tables and chairs under the trees that would be perfect for a picnic. Remember the tabard and bug spray as there can be quite a few miggies around, depending on the time of year.

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There are a couple of old rouge baboons that hang out near the offices so keep your dogs on lead on arrival. The farm manager, Mariana, is very helpful and will tell you where they on the day. They make a big show of being brave but keep their distance so were not a problem for us. This is a superb doggy destination and one I’ll be keeping on my list for future visits.

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