Fig picking is great fun, and there is no limit to how much you can eat whilst picking (beware of over-indulging though) and Wolseley is a beautiful little town in the upper Breede River Valley region.
It’s a wonderful drive through some of the best landscapes in South Africa. This is best enjoyed during January and February (so we may be jumping the gun a bit here :-) ).
During this time they run a pop-up deli, offering home-brewed coffee and homemade croissants for the early pickers in the mornings and wonderful cheese boards to spend the rest of the day under the shade trees.
A little further afield (from one berry to another), located in the picturesque Hermitage Valley, with stunning views of the Langeberg Mountains and berry orchards, you will find Wildebraam Berry Estate.
In these beautiful surroundings, you will learn all about the intricacies of berry farming and liqueur making from the masters themselves. It’s a fantastic opportunity to pick your own youngberries and blackberries at source, and also to see all the clever applications of these pert wonders.
Berries are best picked in the mornings, which is also a good way to avoid the midday heat and enjoy the tasting room after picking. Loads of jams, pickles, chillies, relishes and liqueurs, all made on site!
As you enter the Stellenbosch municipal district (along either the R44 or Baden- Powell Drive) you will see giant strawberries by the roadside announcing that you have entered the sweetest place in the area. The valley is perfect for the cultivation of Grade A export quality strawberries, and they are very open to entertaining you and your family.
You get a bucket and off you go, the buckets range in size from Junior Picker, The Harvester, The Professional up to The Ultimate Picker! Remember that what you pick is what you get (the berries do not ripen further after picking) and also to refrigerate your bounty when you get home.
This is a great day out in the sun, don’t forget t pick up the cream on the way home!
It’s carnival time! Escape to the magical Weltevreden estate and get caught up in the joy of celebration.
This kids carnival has a full complement of activities, a full “bar”, a build-a-pizza area, confectionery counter, beautiful natural surroundings, two trampolines and two immense jungle gyms. Open only in the holidays, the facilities are teaming with children, having fun and making friends.
While the kids play to their hearts content, you can relax in the nearby restaurant (with a view over the play area) and enjoy a lovely crisp chardonnay with a bite to eat.
A great day in the beautiful mountainous winelands, all the fresh air will ensure snores from the back seat on the drive home.
Outside of Stellenbosch (and easily connected to any other ay-trips you may take to the area) you will find a tranquil oasis that is the stuff of dreams (for kids and grown-ups both). A fantastic array of little biomes for you to explore, containing butterflies, iguanas, birds, reptiles and spiders (don’t worry, the creepy ones are behind glass).
The fine mist of the humidifiers makes the interior feel like a scene from Jurassic Park, with explosions of iridescent colours heralding the beautiful butterflies showing off.
The Fluttterby Tea Garden serves lovely snacks and the restaurant next door (Villa Visaggio’s) is fully licensed with a great menu. Not to mention you are in the middle of the winelands!
After an informative outing to Robben Island we think a little levity may be in order, beer, music and ambience in a beerhouse! Remember, we are remembering the oppression, but also, celebrating the freedom. 😊
The Rudimentals, Nomadic Orchestra and Ann Jangle will keep the mood electric and local, the many, many beers will be flowing freely, and the early evening will get a little raucous!
There is a beer for everyone and the location on Long Street make it a fantastic gateway to spill out into town and enjoying yourself in earnest. Centrally located, it is close to a lot of very nice spots both large and small, definitely worth an exploration.
Now for an excellent little adventure for the kids, they will absolutely love this!
A testimony to the fantastic work of the Sea Point Rotary Club, who have kept this venue alive, and more recently, refurbished.
In operation for more than 55 years the property is a mere 25m from the Atlantic Ocean with a backdrop of Lions Head, Signal Hill and Table Mountain.
Activities include the famous Mini Blue Train, the park also has an outdoor ice skating rink, a 30m zip line, a dirt bike track, a cement pushbike track, slides, see-saws, a climbing rock, two Jungle gyms, an obstacle course and far more. Well worth the visit, refreshments and snacks are available at the kiosk.
“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.”
The farmstall is something that is synonymous with road trips in South Africa, it’s where you stop to stretch your legs and fill up on farm style (read: fresh!) goodies to snack on en route, or when you reach your destination. This week we will be looking at three of our favourites.
Next stop, off to the market! We have selected Blaauwklippen Family Market because of its fantastic reputation as a wholesome, wholefoodie type of venue with special attention paid to the kids and their need for entertainment.
Every Sunday you will hear music from the talented live cover band coming from Blaauwklippen mingled with the sounds of kids having fun, there is plenty of seating available under the old oak and fig trees, with large rambling lawns available for picnicking.
You’ll find seasonal fresh produce, cheese, homemade pies, olives, baked treats, craft beer, food from around the world and great wine in abundance (amongst many other things).
Well worth the trip out to Stellenbosch and a great way to spend an afternoon.
When it comes to variety, we’ve got you covered. There are so many exciting activities and amazing experiences to be had, we have taken a select three that appeal to us and crafted them into a day out to remember.