Thumbnail

Fynbos Estate

About

Fynbos Estate covers 320 hectares, which is about the size of inner Cape Town. Of these 20 hectares are wine-grape vineyards and olive groves, 30 hectares are open farmland, and 270 hectares are granite mountain.

Being a working farm, visitors will always be able to see, and sometimes to participate, in one or another farming activity. There is the pruning of olive trees, harvesting of grapes, feeding of animals, clearing the mountain of aliens, and making of wine. Day and overnight winemaking events are available from (usually) late January to the end of February. Meeting the farmyard animals is a great treat for old and young, as is exploring the natural abundance of indigenous plant and animal life.

Reviews

Default avatar
Gosia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You won't be sorry!

I have been to Fynbos three times. It's a wonderful place and I highly recommend going there. The hosts Johan & Diana are the best people, and the area is beautiful as well as the farm itself. I helped with garden work, wine making, cooking and hosting events. There are all sorts of things to work with and learn about, depending on what you're interested in and what time of the year you're there. My favorite part was cooking with Johan, he is really funny and a bit of a genious that can cook anything and make it taste great. In my spare time I went hiking in the surrounding mountains. You can see all the way to Table Mountain from the top. Good place to chill out and do some thinking.
There are always interesting people visiting and the energy of the farm as well as the incredible hospitality of Johan & Diana makes this a very special place. It's definitely one of my favorite places I have travelled to, and as always, I can't wait to come back.

Default avatar
Andy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fynbos

My girlfriend (now wife), Becky and I spent the best part of a year at Fynbos Estate. And it proved to be one o the best years of lives.

It was easy to immediately fall in love with with the surrounding mountains and stunning micro-climate. But the people and soul of the farm are what makes it special and makes it unique.

Johan & Diana were incredibly generous. Their time, stories and knowledge will stay with us for ever. The winemaking was the real draw for us, but as time went on we played various roles. Some successfully, some not so (trying to encourage a new donkey into a pen springs to mind).

Like with most tings in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. Fynbos, Johan & Diana are all very special to us still, nearly ten years after we first step foot on the Estate.

Andy & Becky Kershaw

Default avatar
Lisanne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A place to call home

I spent one month on Fynbos Estate and had an incredible time. I felt so at home and welcomed from the minute I arrived. If you love being surrounded by nature, animals, good food and wine then this is the place for you. There is a great variation of tasks to help with. I bottled wine, limoncello and vinegar, helped with hospitality and cooking, did some gardening and tidying and many other little things. What you do will depend on what time of the year you arrive. Regardless, you have the opportunity to learn a lot, not just about the farm and its produce but also its people and the country of South Africa. As a hospitality farm, different groups of people from all walks of life will come and use the space. My month on the farm is an experience I will not easily forget thanks to owners Johan and Diana.

Geraldine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience

Our volunteer time on Fynbos Estate was wonderful. The farm is a magical place, naturewise as atmospherewise. And Diana and Johan are wonderful characters. We had to oppurtunity to learn and practice so many different things. Hosting and cooking for guests, do renovations, make limoncello, work in the garden, build furnitures and many more things were tasks we took over. What we did not know before we were teached in a very nice way. We felt immediatly as part of the Fynbos family and gained friends for a life time. Our free time we spent on the farm relaxing, hiking, swimming and in the area. Johan&Diana were always open to give us tipps. We also had contact to all the other staff. We have been back several times since 2012 and will continue visiting.

Programs

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1