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We’re all filled with feelings of confusion, concern and uncertainty of what to do not to mention general anxiety since Coronavirus COVID-19 burst onto the scene only a few short months ago! Our norm is no more our reality, and everything is rather surreal right now. The recent government mandate for lockdown has been a tad overwhelming, there’s no denying it, especially if you’re the type that loves to be out and about. Cabin fever is real, together with the threat of failing businesses and peoples’ livelihoods being directly affected.
HOWEVER, we need to reflect and focus on the POSITIVES to make the most of the downtime ... not only is it for the greater good of all, but by doing our bit for our families, our community, our planet, a lot more good can come out of it. We live in a world where we have become far too busy, our diaries (and those of our children) are constantly jam packed, we’re working too hard and stress and exhaustion is real. So back to the positive … we should see this forced downtime as a chance to spend quality time with our families, to be creative together, to get around to sorting out our cupboards, decluttering for charity, finally get around to those shelved projects, cook and bake, play board games, have evenings of long conversation with those significant others, instead of either rushing to another social engagement or feeling too exhausted to connect with those nearest and dearest. We just need to get more inventive and creative during this enforced down time. And who knows, perhaps these practises will then become our new norm. And exercise. Don’t forget to exercise. Keep you bodies strong so that you’re ready for the great outdoors as soon as we are able.

 Mother Earth too needs this time to recover 

The great outdoors – so sadly elusive at this time - have always captivated and inspired the human spirit to either explore and conquer or relax and enjoy. Whatever your personal preference, Stanford is the perfect base from which to do either as soon as we are able once again. So plan your outdoor to do list now so that you don’t miss out on the full enjoyment they offer the free-spirited soul.

Our landscape of diverse flora and fauna, open to exploration by foot, by horseback, by bike, by river or 4x4 offers it all.

Our selection of local food artisans, local wine routes offer you plenty of options to pack a picnic and take locally crafted sustenance along with you.

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve offers a unique opportunity to access part of the Klein River Mountains. Visitors are welcome to hike anywhere on the reserve, but they have established several hiking trails to help with your exploration. 

Photo credit Phillipskop Mountain Reserve #phillipskopsa

As home to the Stanford MTB Classic stage event some first class tracks can be found on the mountain range between Stanford Valley Farm and Paardenberg Farm both offering isolated self-catering cottages for rent.


Photo credit Stanford MTB Classic #stanfordmtb

Explore our wonderful region on horseback, as many of the first explorers to the area did. African Horse Company offers 1-3 hours or multi-day horse trails and outrides for those looking to seriously get away from it all. You will ride along kilometres of unspoiled beach, climb rugged mountain terrain, ride through indigenous forests, cross private farms and vineyards and swim your horse through farm dams filled with the purest mountain spring water.


For those water babies amongst us, your choice of enjoying the Kleinriver by Kayak from River Rat Cruise & Kayak Hire for some self-exploration as well as the leisurely cruise options with River Rat, Lady Stanford or African Queen Cruises.


Photo credit African Queen

The river is famous for its big variety of birdlife (over 200 species), breeding and nesting in the reeds along the banks of the river. Other wildlife includes bontebok, bush buck, common duiker, otters, crabs, terrapins and the odd snake crossing the river to see what’s on the other side.

For the more sedate option, why not enjoy a leisurely stroll around Stanford on our Wandelpad walking trail, filled with secretly planted pet rock art waiting to be discovered, deck stairs to be navigated and grass paths winding between the river reeds to be navigated as well as bird hides waiting to be enjoyed.

And of course where better to lay your head than in one of Stanford’s many B&B’s, Self-Catering or Lodge accommodation options simple enough to book through the Stanford Tourism office. 


So while we are extra vigilant for our families and have empathy for those who have been affected so far or will be in future, let us do our bit and make the most of this down time and see the positives it can bring. Focus on the most important things - health and wellbeing of our families and everyone including appreciating Mother Nature as she too takes this time to recharge. And when the Coronavirus finally exhausts itself and the danger is over, let’s do something good for our country … let’s spend our holidays in South Africa, eat in local restaurants and buy proudly South African products and in doing so, support local businesses. Our products are some of the best in the world. Our country is one of the most beautiful.

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