Tag: summer holidays

If you love them, set them free :-) - The Giraffe House - Part 3

November 22, 2018

A little further afield and a beautiful drive out towards the Helderberg region, you will find The Giraffe House.

They have a huge list of South African wildlife including Vervet Monkeys, Meerkats, Eland, Bontebok, Giraffe (obvs), Cape Grysbok, Duiker, Springbok, Impala and Zebra.

It’s a great selection of well-kept animals that look healthy and happy, specifically check out Gerry (giraffes can grow up to 6m tall, making them the tallest mammals in the world).

There’s also reptiles and birds, you get to grab some feed at the entrance and feed the herbivores to your heart's content. 

The kids love it, so will you! 

URL: http://www.giraffehouse.co.za

E: https://www.facebook.com/GiraffeHouseWildlifeCentre/

Where: c/o R304 & R101, Stellenbosch

Tel: + 27 21 884 4506

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If you love them, set them free :-) - Kirstenbosch for kids - Part 2

November 21, 2018

Kirstenbosch is firmly entrenched as the family favourite for a day out. There are so many little paths and exciting areas to discover and wander through. 

Take your kids to the enchanted forest where the mystical looking trees will provide a beautiful backdrop to their fun and games. Do “leaf-races” in one off the many little streams in shady groves of indigenous trees. There are stunning metallic dinosaur sculptures in the Cycad area, making you feel like an extra on Jurassic Park.

Pretty much anywhere is a great place to set up and have a picnic, unless you want to make use of the deli or the restaurant near the main entrances.

Take some water and don’t forget sunscreen :-)

URL: https://kirstenhof.org.za

Where: Rhodes Drive, Newlands

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If you love them, set them free :-) - Noordhoek Farm Village - Part 1

November 20, 2018

Noordhoek is a wonderfully tranquil neck of the woods out in the direction of the Cape Agulhas Nature Reserve, a laid back little seaside community.

At the Farm Village you will find a great collaboration and coming together of various arts & crafts & artisan skills. 

If you are hankering for ice-cream, sushi, a haircut, a horse ride or a visit to the art gallery, they have it all. There are great food options spanning the entire gamut from deli to roast to cafe style. 

The kids area is great and the entire space is a little enclosed, allowing you to keep an effective eye on your charges.

URL: https://www.thefarmvillage.co.za

E: info@thefarmvillage.co.za

Where: Cnr Of Village Ln & Noordhoek Main Rd

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Schools out for Summer - Vredenhof Organic Estate - Part 3

December 20, 2017

Vredenhof is a veritable garden of Eden, planting hundreds of crop varieties and harvesting fresh all year round. This means there is always a vast selection of fresh bounty from the earth for the talented chefs to work into their menus. 

The kids will be entertained by the many magical areas containing a castle, a fairy caravan and a pirate ship. There is also a mini-golf course and a large, outdoor chess set for them to bend their noodles over. 

Being a farm kitchen, everything is very hands on and they bake fresh bread, cakes, pies, quiches, croissants and other pastries every morning, make their own condiments and use only farm fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits and eggs. 

Try the smoked chicken, papaya and peach salad oak smoked chicken breast served on a bed of organic farm greens with fresh papaya and toasted macadamia nuts. 

Alternatively, go for the Karoo lamb shank or eisbein certified free-range Karoo lamb eisbein or shank rolled and stuffed with olives, peppers, capers, aubergines and tomato, served with gratinated potatoes and steamed organic vegetables and a rich lamb jus.

Great food, great outdoors, nothing but love for this neck of the woods.

URL: http://vredenhoforganicestate.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/VredenhofOrganicEstate/ 

E: vredenhof@telkomsa.net 

Tel: +27 21 855 0363

Location: Bredell Road, Firgrove, Somerset West

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Schools out for Summer - Rhebokskloof Estate - Part 2

December 19, 2017

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is situated in the historic Paarl valley, between the granite hills of the Paarl Rock Mountains. Winemaker Rolanie Lotz and Chef Daniel George will ensure that your taste buds are stimulated and exposed to the local terroir by these visionary craftspeople. 

There is a huge selection of activities available, for the adults you can try mountain biking, running, hiking, horse-riding, quad biking and fishing.  For the kids there are jumping castles, trampolines, a jungle gym and many more ways to take advantage of the outdoor space. 

Grab yourself a vegetarian picnic and enjoy the grounds while you snack on 

Fresh farm-baked bread with two spreads, vegetable spring rolls, local cheeses, preserved fruit and whole wheat crackers. Also, Mediterranean vegetable quiche, potato and mayo salad/summer green salad/couscous and roasted vegetable salad. All of that topped off with something fruity and something sweet😊

URL: https://www.rhebokskloof.co.za/the-estate/ 

F: https://www.facebook.com/rhebokskloofwineestate/

Email: info@rhebokskloof.co.za

T: +27 21 869 8386

Location:  Noord Agter - Paarl Rd, Windmeul, Paarl

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Schools out for Summer - Stables at Vergelegen - Part 1

December 18, 2017

Vergelegen Estate is world famous for its wines, its centuries of history, its food and its magical gardens. Eighteen gardens in fact, with streams and bridges and moss-covered boulders as you would find in a fairytale. A perfect place to safely explore with many ancient trees and point of interest.

The restaurant itself is a family friendly bistro, whipping up contemporary cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere

Think pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and the like, but with a gourmet overlay. 

Try the Rooibos poached pear salad with blue cheese, crème fraîche, roasted onions and caramelised pecan nuts, you’ll never look back. 

Also amazing is the charcuterie board, an array of farm cured artisan meats and cheeses served with preserve and homemade pickles

The relaxed environment, spacious grounds and excellent food make this an outing you and your kids will not forget.

URL: http://www.vergelegen.co.za/stables.html 

Tel: (+27) 21 847 2156

E: info@vergelegen.co.za 

F: https://www.facebook.com/events/1419233024851326/

Location: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

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