Book A Fynbos Rehabilitation Walk At Haut Espoir

Slow down and smell the Protea’s!

Book your family a fynbos rehabilitation walk and enjoy a unique nature experience at Haut Espoir in Franschhoek. Discover fascinating facts about fynbos, its relationship to the Franschhoek Valley and its cultural uses in the local community.

A walk on the mountainside with owner Rob Amstrong reveals so many examples of these interesting plants, including different types of protea. Rob estimates that of the nearly 5,000 fynbos species indigenous to South Africa, at least 500 now grow on the farm.

Rob is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about fynbos and will give you a great introduction to what this unique ecosystem is all about; including the numerous dietary and medicinal uses of the plants. It is exercise clambering up and down the mountainside and the walk offers breath-taking vistas of the Franschhoek Valley.

After the walk, Rob does a lovely wine tasting in their beautifully appointed facilities. Please note that the length and level of difficulty of the walk can be adjusted.

There are some small buck, the (very) occasional leopard, and quite a few birds. Decent walking shoes, water and a camera are a must. The weather can be fickle so go prepared with some warm clothes, sunblock and insect repellent. 

Haut Espoir is a boutique wine estate and cellar in Franschhoek, South Africa. Developed and run by the Armstrong Family since 1999, they produce distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. The literal translation of Haut Espoir is ‘High Hope’.

The family is the custodians of a 23 hectare farm, of which 8 hectares are planted with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. The remainder of the land is dedicated to fynbos restoration, a riverine ecosystem, olive groves and vegetable and herb garden.

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