4-Hour Hike Through Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens
Nature, Walking, Eco Tourism
Embark on a 4 hours hiking tour in this beautiful, secluded botanical garden, set between mountain and sea in Betty's Bay. Follow the Zig-Zag trail up and marvel at the scenic views over the gardens, mountains and coastline.
Hiking at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens
Good morning. I had the privilige of exploring the HH Reserve last weekend with Andreas. Andreas has an incredible knowledge of the natural world, as well as incredible enthusiam and energy in what he does. I greatly look forward to my next hike with him. Regards, Llewellyn Louw.
Andreas is my idea of "the perfect guide". I found him extremely knowledgeable about nature, history, geology, archaeology, and a lot more. It was wonderful being guided and informed / educated by him during the three days of the hike. He made the plants, nature, mountains, birds, insects and everything we encountered come to life and so much more interesting and understandable. Over and above his excellent knowledge he is also a friendly and most likeable person. He is the type of person that instils confidence and is definitely the type of person that I would like around in a crisis. I want to thank Andreas for the most pleasant trip I had - your passion for nature and life in general is amazing and contagious. You will definitely see me again on one (and more) of your tours in future.
I had a most enjoyable and informative four days walking with Andreas in the Western Cape. He has an extensive knowledge of and a boundless enthusiasm for the flora and fauna, and geology of the area. Walks were tailor made to meet my requirements and while demanding Andreas was very aware of my age and hence limitations. One of my ambitions was to visit Table Mountain. It was decided that we would take the cable car to the top, explore the mountain top and descend on foot to the Kristenboch Botanic Gardens. The descent involved the Nursery Ravine. 700+ metres on very steep and uneven steps so not for the faint hearted but for me well worth the experience. Other walks were in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Both beautiful and sufficiently demanding to be challenging. We also spent a day walking around Kristenboch where Andreas’s knowledge greatly enhanced the experience. I highly recomend Andreas as a guide for his knowledge, enthusiasm and empathy. Should I viist the Cape again I will ceratinly make contact and comend him to others.
We had a wonderful few days hiking with Andreas at Aurora. His passion for, and knowledge of nature in general is infectious. He explained the geological history of the various types of rocks and how they came to be where they are. He pointed out to us different plant species, and even tiny creatures like ants, spiders and beetles he had anecdotes about. Most interesting and informative, and I highly recommend him as a field guide.
Andreas is a committed guide who shares his extensive knowledge in a relaxed and meaningful manner. He is equally at home with youngsters and adults. He covers many fields especially The Fynbos and other Flora, Fauna, Geology and Palaeontolog to name a few. He explores numerous areas in the greater Western Cape and leaves his groups wanting more. He also remains in touch with the needs of the group and helps people become in touch with the soul of the earth. I have been on more than one guided outing. Halala Andreas
Andreas was well orgonized and explained the route and how the day will unfold. He was very informative about nature, he knew all the plants and gave us very interesting facts. We all loved the walk with him because of his friendliness, caring about the group and passion for nature. His knowledge about astronomy was amazing and overall we had a fantastic trip with him. We will defenitely do a walk with him again. By Maricha Elliot-Wilson
Andreas is very informative and passionate about nature, his added value of the astronomy and plants and the surrounding mountains adds alot of value to the hike and I would recommend him for any group. We had lots of fun on our hike and staying over for 3 days in the mountains is one that I will never forget.
Andreas has now led three 'fynbos walks' for the members of the Winelands chapter of Mensa South Africa - one every year for the past three years - and has always left our participants asking when we will be engaging with him again. This year was no exception - his knowledge of the flora, fauna, ecology and geology of the Western Cape is unparallelled, and his easy, relaxed presentation style and delightful sense of humour was enjoyed by all.This year we also took a few juniors (under 10 years) with us, and his patience with them was remarkable - he engaged at their level without detracting from the nature of the walk for the adults.Andreas undertakes regular excursions for both experienced and beginner hikers - this particular walk we did, the Klipspringer Trail in the Steenbras Nature Reserve, is highly suitable for even unfit persons - it's a 5km predominantly downhill amble, and Andreas takes care to adjust the pace to the slowest, most unfit member (me) of any group.I would not hesitate to recommend his guiding services to anyone visiting the Western Cape - or even those that reside in the area and are looking for something different to do.
We very much enjoyed the very informative walk in the Harold Porter Gardens. Andreas is very friendly, very attentive to the group. He is also incredibly knowledgeable about everything in the nature. Geology, flowers, birds. A great guide and a very pleasant person. Excellent.
We did a few outings with Andreas - Kogelberg, Mont Rochelle, Daniëlshoogte and more. He is probably the best tour guide there is It doesn’t matter whether it is older people or families His personality, knowledge and the way he handles people, is truly magnificent
Rhenish girls' high school has an annual outing for their grade 10 Life Sciences learners. The learners study the biotic factors of the fynbos at Helderberg Nature Reserve. Andreas Groenewald has guided us for many years. He is most knowledgable and relates well with the learners. We have found him very flexible and was able to adjust the content as our needs changed. I can highly recommend Andreas as a guide.
Andreas is an excellent guide - probably the best there is! We have done several of his hikes and the amount of knowledge this man has is truly incredible. My husband and I marvel at the size of his brain as it must be huge to remember all the things that he does. He makes his hikes so enjoyable as he is patient, kind and amusing. you could not wish for a better guide on any hike that you choose.
Andreas has been an excellent guide in the Helderberg Nature Reserve. With him, we did a 2h walking tour in the Reserve during which he explained to us the life and cycle of the Fynbos. He is very knowledgeable and perfectly answered to all our questions. A tour with him is highly recommended to better understand the nature that characterizes the Western Cape.