As Capetonians, we are well aware of the beauty of the Overberg, but many of us are probably unaware that nestled between Heidelberg and Swellendam lies a gem: the Grootvadersbosch Valley and its enchanting forest. Those in the know escape to the magical valley to mountain bike, trail run, swim and to go kloofing. And now this majestic region welcomes some of the Cape’s best musicians to awaken its hills with the sound of music…
Music and majesty
The third annual Silver Mountain Music Festival programme includes an impressive lineup of artists, including:
- Conductor Richard Cock
- Pianist Sulayman Human
- Soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha
- The Charl du Plessis Trio
- Baritone Tim Moloi
- Soprano Lauren Dasappa
And, in addition to the awe-inspiring musical array, this year’s programme also aims to highlight the natural beauty of the region, its rich cultural heritage and the good old country hospitality that the region is known for. As such, the agenda includes lunches, a walk in the critically endangered Renosterveld, a visit to – and tastings at – a dairy, hikes through the forest, mountain-biking, and so much more. See the full Silver Mountain Music Festival programme.
Sijnn Wines will be present throughout the festival so that you can enjoy the various recitals with a glass of vino in your hand.
Did you know? Apart from being the most southerly patch of indigenous forest in Africa, the Grootvadersbosch Forest also has the highest biodiversity of any temperate forest in the world. It is also home to the forest emperor butterfly, a subspecies of the ghost frog, a special chameleon, a host of bushbuck, bird species, baboons, and even leopards! The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy manages a number of environmental projects to remove alien vegetation – such as the Californian redwood which was planted between 1896 and 1913 to cover areas that were deforested by woodcutters – and plant more trees to restore and expand these special forests with indigenous species such as stinkwood, yellowwood, red alder and ironwood.