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Fynbos Fauna and Flora on Fijnbosch Farme

Imagine a place in Africa, on top of a mountain, where nature is as it was thousands of years ago. The only sign of human presence is playful bushmen paintings under a rocky overhang that is now home to a magnificent ''boomslang'' (tree snake).

The birds claim this place as their own and cheekily frolic and swim in the nectar-laden flowers. The plants are typical of the incredibly rich Cape Floral Kingdom - a huge diversity of species in a small area. The mountain is a catchment for crystal-clear springs with the sweetest, purest water you have ever tasted.

Where the streams wash over the rocks, the millennia have polished dipping pools and Jacuzzis where you can experience the tingling freshness of pure mountain water all over yourself.

 

On a clear day you can see all the way from the famous Cedarberg in the Northeast, to the magnificent shoreline of the West Coast, down to Table Mountain in the South. We are lucky to be the custodians of such a place and this web page serves as an inventory of the wonderful things we see here...

Nature's Bounty

The Birds

We have over 75 different bird species on our Bird List, including several endemic species that can only be spotted in the Western Cape.

Below are some of the birds I have gotten photos of...

The Plants

 The Insects

 

 

 

The Creatures

 

 

The Scenery

 

Leucadendron discolor and Leucospermum reflexum in full bloom against our mountainside

Leucadendron discolor and Leucospermum reflexum (right) in full bloom

A view down our gorge, with Leucadendron discolor flowering in the background

A view down our gorge, with Leucadendron discolor flowering in the background

Watsonia bloom red in the foreground

Watsonia bloom red in the foreground

Possibly the rare Leucospermum profugum in various stages of flowering

Possibly the rare Leucospermum profugum in various stages of flowering

View up our main buchu slope, with a buchu bush (agathosma betulina) flowering purple in the middle

View up our main buchu slope, with a buchu bush (agathosma betulina) flowering purple in the middle

Sundews grow in very nutrient-poor soils and supplement their diet with insects

Sundews grow in very nutrient-poor soils and supplement their diet with insects

This arch is a welcome landmark on our hiking trail

This arch is a welcome landmark on our hiking trail

A sugarbird relaxes in the mountain scene from our protea stand

A sugarbird relaxes in the mountain scene from our protea stand

Looking towards Aurora from Fijnbosch Farme

Looking towards Aurora from Fijnbosch Farme