The Schapenberg Sir Lowry's Conservancy offers guided Biodiversity and
Wine Walks (Walks for Wine) in the Helderberg basin on the Schapenberg Hills in
the Somerset West, Sir Lowry's Pass vicinity.
THE AIM OF WALKS FOR
WINE - to raise funds to restore and preserve the land within the Conservancy
identified by the City as Biodiversity corridors
about 5 km along the banks of the Sir Lowry's Pass River. Much of the area was
ravaged by the recent devastating fires in February 2009.
follow biodiversity corridors and are guided to educate as to the importance
of the corridors. Wine tasting will be offered at 5 wineries. Monies from the
walks will go towards restoring and preserving the endangered land within the
Conservancy identified by the City as Critical Irreplaceable Biodiversity areas.
Click here to go to a manual
slideshow on the Schapenberg walks
Participating in the
project are 5 wine farms - Waterkloof, Onderkloof, Journey's End, Wedderwill,
and Da Capo and other landowners - such as Mt Rozier, Highberry, Myrtle Grove
and Ravensberg over whose properties the walks traverse.
and Waterkloof are Biodiversity and Wine initiative BWI champions and other landowners
are applying for BWI membership. ( www.bwi.co.za) Local equestrian centres will
offer horse trails.
Waterkloof restaurant will be available for walk
participants. Picnics will be offered. There is a choice of guest house accommodation
in the area.
Green Flag Status - Walks
for Wine havebeen awarded green flag status, meaning the walks have acquired high
accreditation by the Hiking Organisation of South Africa (HOSA). See www.trailinfo.co.za
Slackpacking - a guide to South Africa's top
leisure trails, by Fiona McIntosh has included Walks for Wine in its latet edition
jut out on the shelves. Visit www.Kalahari.net for a copy.
project has been endorsed by the Biodiversity and Wine initiative's Inga Kotze,
Pat Holmes of the City of Cape Town, Barbara Court of the Sir Lowry's Pass Tourism
Initiative, Dave McDonald of the Helderberg Conservation Forum and Cape Town Tourism
who will all give practical support.
Funding/ Sponsorship is
sought to assist in the early phase of the project until the initiative is self
funding. Money is required for advertising, training of guides and to assist land
owners clear burnt and alien infected natural areas.
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