Activities at Stanford Hills Estate

Activities

Dive into a world of country fun with our range of thrilling activities. From exhilarating horseback riding to serene river cruises and captivating Dyer Island expeditions, there’s something for everyone seeking adventure and relaxation alike.

HORSE RIDING

African Horse Company

Welcome to horseback riding trails in South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom along the Whale Coast. African Horse Company is based on Stanford Hills Estate, around the idyllic hamlet, Stanford .

Outrides on offer are 30mins and 1 hour mountain trails catering for beginners to advanced horse riders. Canter through the vineyards, climb the foothills and meander through the forest. Stanford Hills offers an array of nature attractions.

The horses used are local South African Crossbreeds (Arab and Boerperd blood). Surefooted, enduring and fully adapted to the environment with regard to grazing, weather and terrain, they are the true horses of South Africa and the key to a special opportunity to ride through the wonderful, untouched nature of the region.

“In company of horses, in balance with nature”. African Horse Company is an ideal partner for exploring a truly beautiful part of South Africa.

For additional information or to book please call us on +27 66 250 3388.

Stanford Hills Estate Activities River Rat Cruises

CRUISES

River Rat Cruises

Join us on the River Rat for scenic cruises up and down the beautiful Klein River in Stanford, just outside Hermanus. The river is famous for its big variety of birdlife, breeding and nesting in the reeds on the banks of the river. Other wild life include some buck in a small reserve, otters feeding on crabs, terrapins and the odd puff adder swimming across the river. We adjust according to customers’ needs and go out in most weather conditions.
 

Fitted with its quiet, eco-friendly motor, birding clubs often use the boat for close-up views and the stability – thanks to the pontoons – makes it a photographer’s dream. We also specialise in social-cruises. Whichever time of day you choose, the river has something special in store for you.

River Rat comes equipped with a weber braai and a toilet with a view. Can accommodate up to 14 persons with a min.of 4 persons. For additional information or to book please call us on +27 66 250 3388.

DYER ISLAND CRUISES

Marine Dynamics

Marine Dynamics shark tours is the industry’s leading white shark cage diving operator – dispelling the myths about sharks one client at a time.Not only can you expect a 5-star service start to finish, Marine Dynamics shark tours contributes directly to local white shark research by being the primary sponsor to the accredited non-profit, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

Marine Dynamics is the preferred operator for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, the BBC, South African Tourism and many more internationally recognized organizations.

For additional information or to book please call us on +27 66 250 3388.

STANFORD

Stanford & Surrounds

Stanford Hills Estate is found near the quaint village of Stanford, which is situated on the banks of the Klein River. This village is only 1,5 hours drive from Cape Town and has retained most of its old world charm with its period houses and wide streets. Most notable is the common, where fairs and markets are often held. Residents will be the first to tell you life in Stanford is peaceful and tranquil.

EVENTS

Events at Stanford Hills

The majestic Klein River Mountain Range, a lush green lawn and blankets of rolling vineyards bursting with the promise of the Cape’s favourite tipple, ensure that Stanford Hills Estate is the perfect venue for celebrations. The Tasting Room is the Estate’s restaurant and the chef will create a menu that will be as gastronomically pleasing as the setting is.

Whether it be a small intimate occasion for your nearest and dearest, or a large event that boasts a guest list totalling the headcount of a small town, Stanford Hills Estate will make a lasting impression on your guests and be a memorable backdrop for your special event.

Stanford Hills Accommodation also offers visitors a choice of convenient accommodation options to complement your visit to the Estate.

RESTUARANT

The Tasting Room

Nestled within the serene Stanford Hills Estate, The Tasting Room beckons with its warm ambiance and delectable offerings. This charming breakfast and lunch venue, housed in a renovated original farm cottage, has become a beloved spot for both locals and visitors seeking a culinary adventure.

Boasting views over a tranquil dam and the picturesque Stanford Valley, The Tasting Room invites you to savor every moment in its inviting space. The large outside seating area, covered and protected during winter, features drop-down blinds and two crackling fireplaces, ensuring comfort and coziness year-round.

Indulge in laid-back fun with a menu crafted to perfection, showcasing fresh and inventive dishes of exceptional quality. Our menu changes regularly, offering an array of tantalizing options, including a full pizza menu straight from the wood-fired oven. We prioritize using local organic and free-range ingredients, believing that the essence of a memorable meal lies in the quality of its components.

Family-friendly and pet-welcoming, The Tasting Room caters to everyone, with a delightful children’s play area featuring a pirate ship and climbing tractor. Whether it’s a casual family outing or a special celebration, our venue provides the ideal setting. Open seven days a week from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, join us for breakfast, lunch, or wine tastings, and elevate your culinary experience at The Tasting Room.

Want to buy our wine?

Unleash the essence of Stanford Hills Estate with every sip. Enquire now to explore our diverse wine collection, from bold reds to crisp whites and elegant rosés. Elevate your wine experience and secure your bottles today. Cheers to exceptional moments and unforgettable flavors!

A Glamping Adventure

AfriCamps at
Stanford Hills Estate

Indulge in the luxury of nature with our AfriCamps Glamping Tents, strategically positioned on the foothills of the Klein River Mountain range overlooking a tranquil dam and the scenic Stanford Valley. Boasting 10 lavish tents, each unit offers a spacious open-plan lounge area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a dining space complemented by a cozy fireplace, making it an ideal retreat for families or groups of up to five. With two separate bedrooms featuring a queen-sized bed and an additional single bunk, along with a shared en suite bathroom, comfort is ensured during your stay. Enjoy the convenience of air conditioning, a private wooden deck with loungers and braai facilities, and retractable front canvas doors that seamlessly integrate the indoor and outdoor living spaces. For added relaxation, five of our tents feature private outdoor wood-fired hot tubs, allowing you to soak in the stunning views or indulge in stargazing experiences after dark.
 

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