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Chain stores, big brands and crowded attractions are not for everyone anymore. Future travellers will opt for more secure and remote escapes where they can isolate from the crowds, get back to nature, engage with their surroundings, the locals and leave knowing they’ve contributed in some way to the areas they’ve visited. Going green and staying safe as a tourist doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Here are a few simple suggestions in and around the Village of Stanford for you to consider as you reduce your travel footprint and choose to tread a little more lightly:  

1. Support local:
From markets to artisan products, opt for local produce, gifts, foods and wines when you’re next able to travel.  Stanford boasts 3 markets where you can support villagers, farmers or suppliers from in or around the town or Cape Whale Coast. A weekly Wednesday market at Graze Slow Food Café is always all about the freshest, seasonal veg and goodies (Wednesdays, 9-12 at the café), the Saturday Morning Market overflows with homemade treats and delights. (Saturdays, 9-12, Stoep of the Stanford Hotel). Stanford Sunset Market, typically held on the last Friday of the month, Sept-May, boasts food stalls, bric n brac, craft beverages as well as members from the Stanford Wine Route. The Overberg Honey Co. shop is a must-visit if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth with gorgeous golden stuff and they stock a whole range of honey-inspired goodies from skincare to gifts. (insider tip: take your own jar to get it filled at a good price) Antjies Handmade Naturals produces gorgeous handmade soaps, body lotions, and other pampering products together with hand sanitiser too, so be sure you stock up when next in the area. Their cotton range of crocheted goodies make superb gifts for yourself or a loved one. Not only does Antjies use ‘people-loving, earth-friendly products’, the company also supports job creation by employing small communities to assist with the creation of some of their handmade items  (find their shop as you enter the village on Queen Victoria Street).

If you're staying in self-catering accommodation you can support local by buying your braai meat and goodies from Erwin’s German Sausages (at the Saturday morning market), or Martin’s Deli - found alongside the R43 in the industrial area just outside of Stanford Village. For cheese to satisfy any dish you’re planning on pairing with your braai or picnic, pop out to Klein River Cheese Farm and pick from their large selection. Cheese has been produced on the farmstead for more than two decades, and they’ve introduced a number of initiatives in their drive towards sustainability including solar and this fun fact – “In essence, every 4th wedge of cheese purchased from us was made by the sun!”

We bet local has never tasted THAT good.
Visit our website for more local shops, restaurants and suppliers to visit.

2. Walk don’t drive:
If you ask visitors what they notice about Stanford it’s the amount of people and families on foot or bicycles – the quiet country streets are ideal for exploring without your car, and if you’re staying outside the village, park and walk when you get into the village. You can pick up a historical booklet from the Stanford Tourism office and tour architecture and personal histories from the 1800’s. From antique stores to foodie spots, there’s plenty to do and see without bringing car emission along and staying healthy in the process.

3. Explore the freedom of Nature:
Along with a quaint and quirky village atmosphere, guests can just as easily escape to the hills and fynbos paradise of Phillipskop Mountain Reserve a 250ha botanists paradise, as well as the rest of us wannabe flower fundis, who can book a guided walk with fynbos expert Chris, or go on a self-guided walk through the reserve (entrance fee applies, and fees for guided walks – prebooking for these). Accommodation options are available at both establishments so visit their pages for more info.
Or visit an ancient indigenous relic Southernmost forest like nearby Platbos (hikes and walks: prebooking essential, entrance fee applies). Secluded forest accommodation in tents and cabins also available.
Don’t take off your hiking boots yet, Flower Valley Farm offers hikes from between 3 and 8km which allow you to explore the scenic farm as well as the indigenous forest. The Flower Valley Farm Conservation Trust is an NPO dedicated to protecting fynbos landscapes, so you’re earning your green brownie points by visiting.
If you want to immerse yourself in the gorgeous surrounds between Stanford and Gansbaai for longer than a few hours, why not opt for a whole hiking experience with the 26km Fynbos Trail. Run over 3 days the trail will see you exploring fynbos, forests, coastal strandveld and milkwood trees.

4. Float on a boat:
If you fancy enjoying the river away from the maddening crowds, don’t forget to book a river cruise for yourself and your family on any one of the three river boat operators at the Stanford Tourism Office. You can also hire canoes for a paddle if you’re feeling like something more active.

Support local, practise social distancing and above all, Stay Safe!


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