ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
For functions and informal weddings.
Bonniedale specializes in horse riding for beginners and experienced riders
with trails through magnificent gorges and towering mountains. We also cater
for handicapped riders and young children.
For the hiker there are numerous short hikes from the farmhouse or the three
day hike through the Attaquas Nature Reserve with comfortable overnight
accommodation, which can be undertaken. The hiking trails meander through
pristine fynbos and along streams with waterfalls and natural rock pools.
Hikers can visit numerous bushman caves. To date eleven Khoi San rock art
sites have been recorded and due to their isolation and lack of human
interference are in pristine condition.
Visitors can hire mountain bikes at Bonniedale or bring their own. Some of
the trails are for the super fit but there are also trails for those who
want to take it easy. For the more adventurous there is the Sunbird down
hill challenge but this is extreme and only for experienced riders. There
is also a three day of 150 km route through the Attaquaskloof and Cloetes
Pass with overnight accommodation on route.
Quad bikes and off road motorcycles
Visitors can bring their own quad bikes or motorcycles and there are
certain of the trails set out for them but they must abide to the rules
and regulations so as to limit the disturbance to other guests. Strictly
not allowed anywhere near accommodation.
Zipline (flying fox or foefieslide)
130m Zipline, hangbridge and canoes on newly constructed dam. Abseiling and
Visitors can use their own equipment but for larger groups we do supply
equipment together with experienced instructors.
There are three cleared takeoff sites for Para gliders but a fair level of
experience is needed due to the thermals emanating from the numerous canyons.
Wildlife and vegetation
The Bonniedale mammal checklist presently consists of 46 species, which
include the rare Cape Mountain Leopard and Brown Hyena. The bird checklist
currently numbers 129 species with breeding pairs of Black Eagles nesting
regularly. Other interesting recordings have been the Cape Vulture and
Bateleur. To date 15 species of snakes have been recorded.
The vegetation in the Attaquaskloof is fairly unique as it is situated in a
major valley between two ranges, namely the end of the Langeberg and the
beginning of the Outeniquas, something that is unusual in the Southern Cape
Mountains. The vegetation is a cross between mountain fynbos and renosterveld,
which has resulted in numerous species being endemic to this valley.
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