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The great outdoors – the safe place to be!
It’s a no-brainer that being outdoors is good for us. COVID even suggests so, and as the current wave rises in South Africa, what are we left with to keep us motivated and positive going forward but adventures into the great outdoors?
Stanford is well placed for a little get-away from it all with its gem of a location tucked between mountain and ocean with a river running through it.
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and clear your mind. The trails are open, and we have been encouraged to take advantage of them so long as we continue to practice social distancing i.e. 1.5m between other hikers and of course, if we’re feeling unwell, simply stay at home with a good book and a mug of your favourite hot beverage.
Bottom line … the outdoors is good for us with nature and fresh air helping us to relax and feel less stressed – about everything!  So here’s a little inspiration in the Stanford area to inspire you to dig out the old hiking boots, yoga mat, mountain bike or binoculars …
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve – Unwind, Explore, Discover … offer spacious chalet-style self-catering cottages, perched on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains just outside of Stanford with sweeping views across the Overberg, as well as opportunities for guests and day visitors to explore the reserve and discover more as they do.

Take a scenic, hour and a half long drive along the Cape Whale Coast from Cape Town, and you will discover Stanford Hills Estate, which is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular attractions. This magnificent family-owned boutique wine estate has a little bit of everything to offer lovers of the great outdoors. The talented Stanford Hills team share a passion for the wholesome gifts that nature has to offer us and strive to share this philosophy with visitors to the Estate.

Stanford Hills Estate still boasts the immaculately preserved Manor House that along with two refurbished labourers’ cottages and a park home serve as self-catering accommodation. In addition there are eight luxury “glamping’’ tents where guests can enjoy the great outdoors while still experiencing life’s luxuries.

The Tasting Room restaurant has a reputation for laid back fun, with the emphasis on fresh and inventive food of an exceptionally high standard. The chalkboard menu changes daily according to what is locally fresh and available, including items from our own vegetable garden.

Wine tasting is offered at the Wine Shop or at The Tasting Room, both of which are open seven days a week from 8.30-5.00 pm.

The farm also produces Proteas and Pincussions, which are endemic to South Africa, so from August through November the farm is filled with these colourful blooms.

The farm offers horse-riding, hiking and even whale-watching by air in a small airplane which takes off from the farm’s private landing strip. You can also have a swim in a farm dam, try your hand at fishing, or simply lie in bed and listen to the birds.

The Klein River Mountains overlook the charming village of Stanford. It is famous for its’ award-winning eateries and has an eclectic mix of art galleries, breweries and wine farms. Stanford is in close proximity to Hermanus, considered as one best whale watching destinations in the world and a treat for adventurous types, as there are mountain bike trails, horse riding, shark cage diving and boat cruises, all within the area.

Just down the road a little ways from Stanford Village, you will find the beautiful nature retreat which is Bodhi Khaya. A peaceful haven nestled at the foot of the Witkransberg. This is your space to connect with nature, find deep rest and renewal, experience inner transformation and awaken to the wisdom of your heart during one of their regular retreats.
Stanford Valley Guest Farm nestles in the valley of the Klein Rivier,10km outside Stanford village. They offer comfortable accommodation in 5 self-catering cottages (of which 4 are family cottages) and 10 large en-suite rooms. You can enjoy their safe and peaceful haven, have an exhilarating swim in their large dam or go hiking. Don’t be surprised if you startle a duiker or rheebok on the way! Guests are invited to enjoy the top class trails across the farm to either cycle, walk or run if you don’t feel inclined to break a sweat.
White Water Farm offer guests a welcoming rural haven with magnificent mountain scenery. With a high level of comfort and hospitality, the ambience of the farm is relaxed, comfortable and eclectically elegant. The picture-perfect historical venue is the ideal place to escape – whether it is for a much-needed rest, adventure, conference, intimate wedding or private retreat. The farm has its own chapel which was converted from the old distillery barn where Witblits (a local liquor like Grappa) used to be made, hence the historic farm’s name – Witwater or White Water. The owners live permanently on the farm, raise their own cattle and plant herbs and vegetables for the restaurant.
Walker Bay Reserve, part of Cape Nature, is a picturesque, pristine reserve with an abundance of coastal and marine life. The stretch of beach, with limestone outcrops is the largest area, known as Walker Bay or ‘Die Plaat’ stretches from the Klein River (which runs through Stanford Village itself) to De Kelders at Gansbaai. Access is a mere 15mins drive from Stanford (with a 4x4). It is known as one of the best spots in South Africa to do land-based whale watching. Every year (June – Dec), hundreds of southern right whales gather in the sheltered bay to breed and calve their young.
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That’s all for now, folks. And remember, if anyone asks where you got your news, tell them you heard it through the Grapevine!

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