A hat-hoisting nippy wind did not detract from the enjoyment of a mountain top hike on Boschkloof Farm, owned by Thys de Villiers, in the Overberg near Stanford. 360 degree vistas across distant mountain ranges, bright yellow canola fields and lush and pristine fynbos kept me clicking with ‘aaahs’ of intense satisfaction.

Canola fields and mountainscapes in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Canola fields and mountainscapes in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Thys very kindly led us up in his bakkie to the top of the ridge from where we walked to the mast that had been the unachieved goal of the hiking group each time they set out from his farmhouse a steep and long four kilometres below. It was a good thing that we were in strong, high riding SUVs!

Aaah! One of the  awe-inspiring vistas from a high ridge on Boschkloof Flower farm in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Aaah! One of the awe-inspiring vistas from a high ridge on Boschkloof Flower farm in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

The road on the right of the photo above is the road that the group has previously trudged up and which this time we traversed in comfort!

And another: the canola fields stretching back toward Caledon. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

And another: the canola fields stretching back toward Caledon. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

Mountain fynbos on the farm Boschkloof in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Mountain fynbos on the farm Boschkloof in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

The hiking group, mainly from Hermanus with two of us from Stanford, at the beacon at the top of the ridge.

The hiking group, mainly from Hermanus with two of us from Stanford, at the beacon at the top of the ridge.

And below you can see the road previously taken by the hikers feeling more intrepid then than on this blustery, wintery day. Quite a hike, I would say!

The awesome beauty of the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

The awesome beauty of the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Looking around one can see just why the Cape Floral Kingdom is regarded as one of the most diverse of the six floral kingdoms in the world. Below is just one of the known 9 250 known species of its flowering plants.

Erica Sessiliflora growing on the the high mountain slopes in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Erica Sessiliflora growing on the the high mountain slopes in the Overberg. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

The photograph below reminds of of the song we used to sing at school or Girl Guides:

“I love to go awandering

 along the mountain track,

and as I go I love to sing,

my knapsack on my back.

Valderie, valderah …..!

 

Wandering along the mountain track on the way back to the vehicles. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Wandering along the mountain track on the way back to the vehicles. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Many thanks to  Thys de Villiers for allowing us the privilege of hiking across his beautiful farm.

Viv