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 kloof. 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 fourth annual Silver Mountain Music Festival programme includes an impressive lineup of artists, including:
- Conductor Richard Cock
- Pianist Rocco de Villiers
- Baritone Bongani Kubeka
- Violinist Lucia Scott
- Percussionist Ronan Skillen
- Oboist John Rojas
- Bassist Shaun Johannes
And, in addition to the awe-inspiring musical array, this year’s programme also highlights 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 a night hike in the forest, star-gazing, lavender picking and farm picnics with sheepdog-herding displays. View the full Silver Mountain Music Festival programme here.
Sijnn Wines will be present throughout the festival, so guests can enjoy the various recitals with a glass of vino to hand.
The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy is a biodiversity hotspot, 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 Conservancy works with private landowners to manage a number of environmental projects including alien-clearing, environmental education and river-monitoring and restoration. They work with local communities to expand their unique forests by planting special forests with indigenous species such as stinkwood, yellowwood, red alder and ironwood.