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Things to do in Stanford

Although visitors often steer towards Gansbaai for its sharks and whales or Hermanus for its beaches, the lesser-known village of Stanford is the hidden treasure in the Western Cape that should be on the bucket list for travellers to the Cape Whale Coast for multiple reasons.

About Birkenhead Brewery

Birkenhead Brewery, the first wine and brewing estate in South Africa, proudly runs a small but growing microbrewery, winery, and vineyards. Taste their exceptional beer at the Birkenhead Brewery and grab a meal at the restaurant and pub or linger longer to taste their Walker Bay Vineyards wines. Your stay in Stanford will not be complete without a visit to the Birkenhead Brewery, not only for beer and wine fanatics but for anyone keen to spend time at their beautiful country estate in the shadow of the Klein River Mountains.

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About Vaalvlei Fly Fishing

Enjoy some beautiful fly fishing in a lovely farm and country-side setting.

Located close to the little town of Stanford, Vaalvlei offers fly fisherman two spring-fed dams fully stocked with rainbow and brown trout, bass and tilapia. Floaters and waders are welcome. Rates are per person, catch and release. If you want to keep your fish, you’ll have to pay per kilo.

Contact Number:  028 3410340

About Stanford Hills Wine Estate

Cool sea breezes and a mountainous microclimate ensure that the grapes ripen slowly which contributes to the smooth quality of the wine. Stanford Hills Winery produces an award-winning Pinotage under the label of Jacksons Pinotage.

The last three vintages have all been awarded four stars in the John Platter guide. Grapes are hand picked and selected, to ensure that only the best quality grapes are included in the final product. Lunch at the excellent restaurant while the kids play on the playground on an infinite lawn.

 More Information: 028 341 0841

About Stanford Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, Stanford’s country market gets in full swing with music, bustling activity, heaps of stalls and chatty locals. This bustling village marketplace is the best place to stock up on healthy, and some not-so-healthy, eats for your weekend getaway. Tables groan with locally produced bread, preserves, cakes, pastries, herbs, flowers and freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juice.

Open from 10 am each Saturday in the courtyard behind the Art Café in Queen Victoria Street.

About River Rat

The River Rat cruises up and down the beautiful Klein River at the edge of Stanford. Skipper, Ernie, has excellent knowledge of the river, birdlife and surroundings and will share his wealth of interesting stories on some of the riparian’s en route.

More Information: 27 (0)83 310 0952 

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