Where Adventure Meets Luxury

The Diversity Trail between Gansbaai and Stanford allows you to discover the wonders of Walker Bay’s nature, culture and heritage in pure style. This luxury five-day guided hiking experience takes you on an unforgettable adventure that is a journey for the senses. The Diversity Trail is your ticket to Walker Bay Fynbos Concervancy’s pristine fynbos kingdom, ancient milkwood forests, coastal dunes, and historic archaeological caves. Based at the magnificent Bellavista Country Place, your Diversity Trail package includes luxury accommodation and all your meals. You will be working up quite an appetite so get ready to tuck into hearty country breakfasts, a traditional South African braai and a 5-star Cape cuisine feast! When you aren’t exploring the Diversity Trail, you will get to sample award-winning wines at a local wine estate, and view botanical art at Africa’s first florilegium.

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The Diversity Trail’s history is one of conservation and heritage. 

Trail founders Sean and Michelle Privett are longstanding Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy members.

Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy

The Conservancy is a collaborative conservation partnership between nearly 50 private landowners, who collectively own and protect more than 22,000 hectares of endangered lowland fynbos and forest habitats. 

More than 1,100 indigenous plant species have been recorded, including seven new to science. From rare forest patches and diverse mountain fynbos to endangered limestone and wetland vegetation, the habitats and species living within them are rare and protected.



The Diversity Trail’s itinerary is as follows:

Day 1

The trail rail starts in Stanford with a light lunch.

Your guided walk takes you through the historical village with Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Make your way to the beautiful Klein River, where you will board the Lady Stanford for a leisurely afternoon cruise to see magnificent scenery and bird life.

The day concludes with a short drive to Bellavista Country Place and dinner.

Day 2

Distance: 10km

Wake up to a delicious breakfast followed by a day exploring Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. 

The hiking trail crosses Growing the Future farm. It then winds through the Steynsbos milkwood forest and up to Pinnacle Peak, with its magnificent views of the ocean and Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. It then leads down through beautiful fynbos landscapes to the Grootbos Environmental Centre for a picnic lunch next to the dam (a perfect spot for a swim on a warm day).

After lunch, the trail takes you into the incredible Witvoetskloof Valley. Breathe the fresh air in this ageless forest. Walk along an old flower-picking route as you make your way to Bellavista Country Place.

After a full day of walking, enjoy wine tasting from the award-winning Lomond Wines before tucking into a delicious dinner.

Day 3

Distance: 15km

Start the day with a mouth-watering breakfast, and then it’s time to explore the Walker Bay coastline.

The trail leads through the magnificent coastal fynbos on Grootbos Nature Reserve. From there, you head into Walker Bay Nature Reserve’s remote dune field that leads to The Plaat. Stroll along the beach’s white sands to the world-renowned archaeological site at Klipgat Cave. The cave was the home of the Middle and Late Stone Age people. Inside the cave, your guide will interpret the fascinating insights into the early human occupation along this coastline. 

The trail winds along De Kelder's clifftops that overlook Walker Bay. This vantage point provides perfect opportunities to view southern right whales between June and December. After a wholesome lunch overlooking the bay, it is on to Stanford’s Cove, a sheltered beach perfect for swimming. 

You will be driven back to Bellavista Country Place for wine tasting and dinner after the beach.

Day 4

Distance: 10km

The day starts with a hearty breakfast, followed by an exploration of Walker Bay’s incredible wine, art and culture. 

The trail meanders through the magnificent fynbos landscapes of Flower Valley Farm and Lomond Wines before dropping down through the vineyards. Discover how the complex interactions between soil, climate and grape produce award-winning wines. After the morning walk, enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch and a tasting session with some of the estate’s premium wines.

Spend the afternoon exploring The Hannarie Wenhold Botanical Art Gallery at Grootbos. The gallery houses Africa’s first Fynbos Florilegium, which exhibits a magnificent collection of botanical art that showcases plant, insect and bird life in the floristic region. 

After that, you will learn about the conservation and community work happening at the Grootbos Foundation.

End the day with a culinary botanical extravaganza prepared by a Michelin-starred chef at your final dinner. 

Day 5

Check-out is after your leisurely breakfast at Bellavista Restaurant.

Accommodation / Rates

Accommodation / Rates

Luxury accommodation at Bellavista Country Place includes your Diversity Trail Package.

Bellavista Country Place is set high on a hill between Stanford and Gansbaai. The retreat provides endless views over the Walker Bay area, with its indigenous fynbos, the Atlantic Ocean and majestic mountain ranges. 

The package rates for the Diversity Trail are as follows:

Sunbird Suite

(luxury sea view - sleeps two)

  • Rates: R13,500 per person

Sunbird Suite has a private patio overlooking Walker Bay. 

An open-plan living area with a fully equipped kitchenette, dining area and lounge opens onto the patio. 

The spacious bedroom has two single beds that can be joined to form a King-size bed. 

There is a double bathtub underneath a skylight that is perfect for star-gazing. The bathroom also has a basin and a toilet. 

The bathroom has a basin and toilet.

Disa Suite

(sea view - sleeps two)

  • Rates - R11,500 per person

The Disa Suite is in a separate guesthouse between the two sea-view suites.

The suite has a spacious bedroom with two single beds that can be joined to form a King-size bed. 

The bathroom has a bath, shower, double basins and a toilet. 

Protea Suite

(luxury sea view - sleeps two)

  • R13,500 per person

Protea Suite has a private patio overlooking Walker Bay. 

The suite has a large lounge and a spacious bedroom with a King-size bed. 

There is a shower, basin and toilet in the bathroom.

Oystercatcher Cottage

(mountain view - sleeps two adults and two children)

  • Rates: R12,500 per person

Oystercatcher Cottage is privately set and has a patio with outdoor furniture. 

The one-bedroom cottage has an open-plan living area with a fully equipped kitchenette, dining arrangement and lounge. 

Two single beds in the bedroom can join to form a King-size bed.

The ensuite bathroom has a bath, shower, basin and toilet.

A mezzanine floor has two single beds. 

The second bathroom has a shower, basin and toilet.

Dragonfly Room

(sea view - sleeps two or four)

  • Rates: R12,500 per person

Dragonfly Room has sweeping views over the garden, fynbos-rich landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. The room has direct access to the swimming pool.

A spacious master bedroom has a cosy seating arrangement and a King-size bed. 

The ensuite bathroom has a shower, double basins, a bidet and a toilet.

A tandem room with an adjoining door has two single beds and is available by arrangement. 

  • Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and include VAT
  • Rates may be subject to change
  • A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • Final payment is due 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The invoiced amount received by Walker Bay Diversity Trail must include any additional bank, credit card or foreign transaction fees
  • Transport to and from the trail is not included
  • Beverages other than those included in tastings are not included
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received and acknowledged by Diversity Trail in writing:

  • 31+ Days before arrival date: 25% of the total rate due
  • 22 to 30 Days before arrival: 50% of the total rate due
  • 15 to 21 Days before arrival: 75% of the total rate due
  • 0 to 14 Days: 100% of the total rate due


All meals for the Diversity Trail are prepared and made on-site from fresh, local ingredients.

Trail Food & Drink - Guideline Menu

The following is a guideline menu and is subject to change.

  • Day 1 - Scrambled eggs with continental breakfast
  • Day 2 - Quiche with continental breakfast
  • Day 3 - French toast with continental breakfast
  • Day 4 - Cheese & charcuterie platter with continental breakfast
  • Day 5 - Continental breakfast
  • Day 1 - Pizza in Stanford
  • Day 2 - Homemade chicken and beef pie / vegetarian pie / fresh garden salad / local cheese platter, homemade bread, jams, fynbos honey, fresh fruit, homemade ginger beer, tea and coffee
  • Day 3 - Packed picnic-style lunch with chicken / salmon paninis, cheese and crackers, fruit skewer, tea, coffee, biscuits, water and juice. 
  • Day 4 - Lomond platters including local trout, pâté, cheeses, biscuits and a wine tasting
  • Day 1 - Traditional braai with lamb chops, chicken and boerewors, vegetables, salads, homebaked bread and for dessert, malva pudding
  • Day 2 - Soup of the day, homebaked bread, beef stew and basmati rice / Vegetable stew, basmati rice, and for dessert tiramisu
  • Day 3 - Soup of the day, homebaked bread, fish braai with salsa, potato bake, green salad, butternut in foil, and for dessert meringues berries and cream
  • Day 4 - Fynbos botanical surprise at Schneider’s Cape Floral Kitchen 
  • Drinks are excluded from the package price (wine, beer, soft drinks and certain spirits are available for purchase at Bella Vista)
  • Water provision while on the trail - the water at Bellavista is high-quality potable water and safe for consumption
  • You may wish to bring additional snacks along during the hike (limited snacks will be available each morning)



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