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Want to do some­thing dif­fer­ent next time you visit Hermanus? Do a fyn­bos hike on the Bouchard Fin­layson wine farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley. Vine­yards cover only 25 hectares of this farm – the other 100 hectares are used to con­serve more than 330 plant species. There are three hik­ing trails on the farm, rang­ing from 45 min­utes to 2½ hours. You can hike on your own – get a map from the cel­lar. Points of in­ter­est are marked with num­bered signs. You can also go on a guided walk with Frank Wood­vine, an 89-year-old fyn­bos en­cy­clopae­dia. Frank will show you where fyn­bos is be­ing re­ha­bil­i­tated, point out dif­fer­ent kinds of proteas and sug­ar­bushes and teach you some of the sci­en­tific names. For ex­am­ple, you can use the phrase “Tie-my-laces” to re­mem­ber the name for the Thymelaceae fam­ily. Af­ter­wards, taste some Bouchard Fin­layson wine and or­der a deli plat­ter with salami, cheese, bread, olive oil, olives and nuts (R240 for two peo­ple). Cost: R400 for up to six peo­ple; R60 per ad­di­tional per­son; max­i­mum 12 peo­ple for a guided hike. Wine tast­ing from R30 per per­son. You can hike any trail – con­firm when you book. When? There are no set times for the guided hikes – it de­pends on Frank’s avail­abil­ity. Book at least a week in ad­vance. If you go with­out a guide (no cost), you can do it dur­ing the cel­lar’s busi­ness hours: Mon­day to Fri­day from 9 am to 5 pm; Satur­day from 10 am to 1 pm. Where? Bouchard Fin­layson is about 11 km from Hermanus, via the R320 that goes through the Hemel-en-Aarde Val­ley. Con­tact: 028 312 3515; bouchardfin­layson.co.za – Suzaan Hall Suzaan did a guided fyn­bos hike as a guest of Bouchard Fin­layson.

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