A South African country birding and hiking experience
Hiking and Fly Fishing
The varied landscape of Glen Avon ranges from mountain to forest to valley to lush riverine vegetation. The views, whether of the mountains from the valleys or the vistas seen from the mountains are an enticement for those wanting to stretch their legs and explore the natural surroundings. There are a number of beautiful walks, catering for everything from casual walking to energetic day-hikes. Explore the indigenous bush and forest where Wild Olives, White Stinkwoods, Outeniqua Yellowwoods and Cape Chestnuts are just a few of the species to be found.
Three trails have been marked out which enable the visitor to discover the farm at their leisure. The Mountain Route is a three hour walk that takes one partially up the mountain, along the contour through the forested kloofs and down through acacia savannah back to the homestead. This route provides spectacular views of Somerset East and the Glen Avon valley. Download more.
The Intake Route is a leisurely hour and a half walk to the weir and Big Oak Tree, a delightful picnic spot. Take the time to identify the indigenous trees that have been labelled en route. If you walk quietly, you may spot bushbuck and mountain reedbuck which abound in this area. Download more.
The Heritage Route crisscrosses the river taking you through pastures, riverine vegetation and a beautiful grove of yellowwoods. It is ideal for birding and spotting bushbuck. Keep your eyes open for the tall pine tree in which Crowned Eagles have built a nest. This gentle meander takes you down to the river via the family cemetery. For those who are interested in having a look at the Vault which is a unique feature of our graveyard, please feel free to go into the graveyard and follow the little path which takes you down to the Hart Vault. Inscriptions on the vault indicate clearly which members of the Hart family are buried inside the vault. Download more.
In addition to the three self-guided trails visitors can hike along the river, or the road, to the Glen Avon waterfall. This waterfall, the scale of which is only appreciated from close up, has the reputation of being one of the highest drops of water on private land. A refreshing dip in the pool below the falls awaits you at your destination. Alternatively one can hike to the top of the mountain and down into the gorge above the falls.
Keen anglers can try their hand at fly fishing in the three stocked dams on the farm. Members of the Bankberg fly fishing club can also fish the Naude river, which includes the pools below Glen Avon Falls.
One can also swim or canoe in the dams. We also have a swimming pool and tennis court for your enjoyment.
4 x 4 outings to the spectacular Glen Avon Falls or to the top of the Boschberg can be arranged and the farm offers wonderful mountain biking opportunities.
Enjoy the peace and serenity of Glen Avon on your farm holiday.