10 Things to Do in Stanford That You Shouldn't Miss

December 3, 2017 Jana Sager

Discover the best top things to do in Stanford, South Africa including Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Fynbos Trail, African Wings - Day Trips, Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Klein River Cheese, Grotto Beach, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Voelklip Beach, Raka Wine, Springfontein Wine Estate.
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1. Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary

Farm 933 Portion 2, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa +27 71 182 8368
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5 based on 380 reviews

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary Panthera Africa (opened April 2015) offers the unique opportunity to learn about the big cats and hear their heartfelt stories! The sanctuary is run by two young ladies who have devoted their lives for these animals, and the passion and love is felt on the educational visits! We educate visitors on the big cats, the threats facing each species today and what can be done to create change for these majestic beings. We are a true sanctuary with no trading, breeding or public interaction, operating as a safe haven for ambassador and rescued cats. We offer different types of visits: 1. EDUCATIONAL VISIT Have a guided walk around to see our white and brown lions, black leopard, caracals and tigers and learn more about our ambassador animals, their species and their threats. Tour times: Everyday expect Tuesdays, 10am and 3pm (April - September) 9am and 4pm October - March); open on public holidays Price: 240 ZAR per adult / 150 ZAR per child under 13 years PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY (as we only have a limited amount of spots per visit) 2. ENRICHMENT VISIT - SOON OPENING We strongly believe in different daily enrichment activities for our big cats to ensure the best captive life possible. Our certified enrichment program can include feeding enrichment, sensory enrichment, physical enrichment and environmental enrichment. Price: 350 ZAR per adult, no children under 16 years allowed. PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY (at least 1 week in advance) 3. TEAMBUILDING Our slogan 'In unity there is strength' is the core definition of any team. Our teambuilding events will take everyone out of their comfort zone, strengthen your team and inspire creativity! We offer the unique opportunity to be involved in our hands-on enrichment program. You will be forced to think outside the box and your ability to work together will directly affect the outcome! We guarantee you huge satisfaction in seeing your product being tested in action! Price: depends on amount of people and equipment provided. PRE-BOOKINGS ONLY

Reviewed By Pau L - Barcelona, Spain

Panthera Africa is a true sanctuary, where big cats rescued from difficult situations thrive and live their lives respected and taken care of. While most facilities in South Africa breed and offer interaction with wild animals, this Sanctuary truly respects the animals and educates its visitors on how the breeding and the interaction are part of a cruel industry that ends with canned hunting. If you are in Cape Town, take the time to visit Panthera, it's really worth it.

2. Fynbos Trail

Walker bay Conservancy, 7220, South Africa +27 82 464 5115
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5 based on 122 reviews

Fynbos Trail

The Fynbos trail is a unique nature experience in the heart of the Cape floral Kingdom that can be undertaken as a fully guided and catered slack packing trail or as a self-guided and catered trail. The trail has a two or three night option and takes hikers along a beautiful stretch of trail through coastal and mountain fynbos, remote Forests and visits some fascinating environmental and social projects along the way.

Reviewed By Robyn312673 - Stellenbosch, South Africa

What an amazing experience. The whole team were unbelievably friendly professional and knowledgable. Christoff was a walking encyclopedia identifying flowers, birds, trees and insects with such enthusiasm . The food was delicious and served with such friendly staff. Accommodation was comfortable and clean. Thanks Sean for firing up the Jacuzzi to ease our tired muscles and giving us an informative wine tasting of Lomond wines. The trail ended with a delicious lunch served at Grootbos Lodge with welcoming staff. All in all I don't think I can fault anything . Thank you to everyone involved and for all the gifts especially Seans field guide to the Grootbos .If you are thinking of doing this trail book know you will be so pleased you did.

3. African Wings - Day Trips

Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa
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5 based on 83 reviews

African Wings - Day Trips

A birds eye view of undisturbed whales completely unaware of human presence. Mothers and calves, mating groups, whales breaching, Great White Sharks and dolphins from the comfort of our dedicated whale watching aircraft.Whale sightings guaranteed in season.Out of whale season we see sharks and dolphins on scenic flights along one of the most beautiful coastlines to the southern tip of Africa. All flights are private and exclusive.

Reviewed By Montysaccommodation - Lewes

One of the most enjoyable things i have ever done!! From the moment we took off along the bumpy farm year 'air-strip' to the well judged landing this trip was pure joy. Didn't see any whales, but saw two schools of Dolphins and thousands of seals. We cruised over farmland and then followed the beach along towards Grotto Beach, Wow.....maybe overused but not here. I would not hesitate to go again and thoroughly recommend you do so

4. Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa +27 28 313 0819
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4.5 based on 415 reviews

Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Reviewed By 583isakm - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Spoilt for chose with 4 hiking trails with varying decrease of intensity and duration with the longest being the Galpin Hut hike which took a 4 1/2 to complete via the Adder Ladder route. A wide variety of fynbos and birdlife with a panoramic view of the Hermanus and Grotto Beach in the distance.

5. Klein River Cheese

Klein River Farmstead | R326, Klein River, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa +27 28 341 0693
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Klein River Cheese

Klein River Cheese Farmstead is a celebration of cheese, picnics and family. We exist to unleash the inner artisan in every one of us. We are not selling cheese and picnics but creating chefs and romantics, nature lovers and healthy, family-centered ambassadors. Our cheese is a vehicle to join the artisan movement. Klein River Cheese Farmstead is not only about our products, it’s our culture.

Reviewed By PTB46 - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

If, as we did, you are out exploring by car from nearby Hermanus, Klein River Cheese is only a short detour from Stanford and is the most perfect spot to pick up either a ready-made picnic or some superb cheese and bread - even a...MoreHi PTB46, What an amazing review. Your review is a snapshot of what we are trying to do here on the farmstead. Thank you for confirming that we are on the right path. - Klein River Cheese team

6. Grotto Beach

Grotto Street, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa
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4.5 based on 787 reviews

Grotto Beach

Reviewed By cheuk yu c

It is a beautiful sandy beach close to town. Quite windy at times but still perfect for chilling. The water is freezing cold but refreshing. Can always see people trying to get into the icy water and have a dip. There's a nature walk behind the beach and I have walked for a few minutes there (had to go back because of our time limit). I definitely want to spend more time there. It provided a totally different scenery from the beach, like a forest. If you have got enough sun on the beach, it's nice to have a walk in the shade!

7. Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

R326, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa +27 73 621 1808
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5 based on 35 reviews

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve protects 246ha of beautiful fynbos on the slopes of the Klein River Mountains. It is also home to Phillipskop Cave, an important local heritage site due to the presence of rock art - the only recorded rock art on the Cape Whale Coast. There are a range of hiking trails for all abilities leading to a small waterfall, the peak of Phillipskop itself, interesting rock formations, such as the David and Goliath Rock Stacks, as well as lots of magnificent views. The trails can be combined into longer circular routes. WATERFALL HIKING TRAIL (3.5km) An easy, more or less level, hike to a small waterfall with a popular picnic spot underneath a beautiful rock candlewood tree. This is also the route to take to access Phillipskop Cave. ROCK STACKS HIKING TRAIL (3km) A short climb up to admire the two rock stacks, David and Goliath, with great views on the way back across the fields of the Overberg. This trail is good to combine with the Waterfall Hiking Trail for a circular route. SADDLE HIKING TRAIL (4km) A chance to reach the highest parts of the reserve. Beautiful views from the Saddle into the hidden valley behind Phillipskop. You can go from here up to the peak itself or onto the ridge of the Klein River Mountains to look down on Tesselaarsdal.

Reviewed By Mark W

Phillipskop Chalets are the perfect setting for a weekend getaway, a midweek break or a week long chill. Set on the slopes of the Phillipskop Mountain Reserve the views of the valley from the front deck and the mountain range as the backdrop is it the perfect setting. Chalets are spacious and well equipped and large enough for the whole family and friends. NO TV - WHAT A PLEASURE. The hiking of the reserve is something to experience, the Mountains from a distance are beautiful but plain, but once you enter on foot and get up close its a floral kingdom and something truly special. The hikes available are well marked and in a great condition. Look out for the Klipspringers on the slopes that are keeping an eye on your every move. Thank you Chris, we will be back for sure.

8. Voelklip Beach

7th Avenue, Hermanus, Overstrand, South Africa
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4.5 based on 199 reviews

Voelklip Beach

Reviewed By David M - Cambridge, United Kingdom

This is quite a small beach, with rocky areas behind, left and right. To the rear, toilets and changing areas. Could be very busy, I imagine, as he beach is small at high tide.

9. Raka Wine

17km Outside Stanford On R326, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa +27 28 341 0676
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Raka Wine

The Raka brand was named after Piet Dreyer's black fishing vessel. Piet's first love has always been the sea. For some 36 years he braved the storms and challenges of the coast, ever in search of the best catch. It is with this same passion that the Dreyer family now pursue the art of wine making. With the rich blessing of earth and elements, the help of a dedicated workforce, the enthusiasm of winemaker Josef Dreyer and the advantages of a modern gravity flow cellar, Piet Dreyer produces his award-winning Raka wines.

Reviewed By PaulHWessels - Bloemfontein, South Africa

Wat a friendly bunch of people offering a wide assortment of some of the best wine produced in South Africa! A tasteful cellar with a magnificent view. Many of their award winning wines ons display and on offer...highly tempting to buy much more than initially planned to do! Absolutely worthwhile to visite and to add to your wine collection.

10. Springfontein Wine Estate

Moore Road, Stanford, Overstrand 7210, South Africa +27 28 341 0651
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Springfontein Wine Estate

Reviewed By Mark S - Nelspruit, South Africa

Whilst the setting is beautiful, and the recommendations plentiful, the experience was less stellar. Nouvelle cuisine and all it's minimalist cliches are probably at the heart of the disappointment. The food was certainly tasty, but almost nothing on the plate was identifiable as anything, and the quantities were certainly minimalist. Small purple cubes of something gelatinous are probably all the rage, but they are just not that appealing. The rest of the one plate could adequately be described as a darking spherical blob, a brown blob and some sauce. Other plates were similar. Interest level and colour not really a big thing it would appear. Another small issue - serving freshly baked bread is a nice touch, but if there is no butter and only a bit of olive oil to go with it (also, no balsamic), then your options of how to use it are limited.

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