Forest History Since 1981
This little paradise was discovered by the Perold family in 1981 and the indigenous forest and natural fynbos was untouched and since then been conserved. The land has a huge valley of a depth of approximately 40 meters and has the indigenous forest on the Northern side and natural fynbos on the Southern side.
We have lots of Keurboom trees with its attractive mauve to pink pea-shaped flowers, the large evergreen Yellowwood tree which has been declared the national tree of South Africa and is protected here. Then we also have the original South African “suikerbossie” (sugarbush) Protea repens, Moraea ochroleuca (Aas-Uintjie) also referred to the ‘yellow flowers of hope’, due to blooming after a fire.
The Big Fire
Nature took it’s natural turn and the biggest fire in many years hit the Garden Route on 7 June 2017! On the 10th of June the fire engulfed the zip line project and we experienced the scariest moment of our lives! Only by the Grace of God was the only damage burned down fences, fynbos and the invasive Pine trees….
The fynbos side of the valley was completely burned to the ground, which is essential due to being nature’s way for fynbos to germinate. But the most blessed experience was to witness how amazing indigenous forests held against the fire as only a few trees caught fire and mostly the undergrowth burned, compared to the invasive Pine trees, on the fynbos side of the valley, were completely destroyed!
Although so many people lost their houses and personal belongings, of which the latter cannot be bought back or replaced, we were blessed by this opportunity to develop the zip lines without further bush-clearing and was able to establish the perfect ‘Zip-Walk-Route’. We also had the opportunity to get rid of all the invasive Pine, Black Wattle and Port Jackson trees to restore and conserve the forest’s original flora after thousands of dormant seeds germinated after the fire.