Local Attractions

Attractions that make your stay more enjoyable !.
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Kleinbaai - 6 km from Gansbaai

Kleinbaai at the Danger Point Peninsula proper is one of the places why Gansbaai itself came on the map of nature-based tourism. The shark-diving boats leave from the boat launch at the small but charming natural harbour of Kleinbaai as well as one of the whale-watching boats, that also takes you on a tour around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.

A gravel road connects Kleinbaai along the rugged coast with many rockpools to the lighthouse at Danger Point. Though not very suitable for cars (even 4x4's struggle with this road), this track along the coast is a beautiful hike.

A tidal pool allows for safe swimming. In -and dotted on the peninsula around Kleinbaai- are guesthouses, restaurants and bars. The bar in the harbour and the guesthouse-cum restaurant-cum bar in the middle of Kleinbaai are the places where the shark-diving community congregate.

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Hermanus is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay. The official whale watching capital of the world and a popular holiday destination, Hermanus is surrounded by majestic mountains, indigenous fynbos and spectacular natural beauty. Its residents are the heart and soul of the town, however, providing an unforgettable holiday experience.

Known as the heart of the whale coast, this coastal resort offers the best land based whale watching in the world. Southern Right Whales visit Walker Bay from July until December every year. About 60 to 100 of these magnificent animals come here from Antarctica to calf. Tourists are often treated with close up displays as these creatures often come to within 10 meters of the coast. The cliff tops in Hermanus offer the tourist great views and the ability to watch the whales close up.

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RAKA Wines

The Dreyer Family bought the farm, Remhoogte south east of Hermanus in the Akkedisberg area in 1982. Piet Dreyer was doing commercial fishing at the time. They ran livestock and later planted citrus trees. Piet’s wife and children tended the farm in his absence. During 1999 the Dreyers planted 10 hectares Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Since then a few hectares were added every year, and the 68 hectares on the farm at present, includes plantings of Pinotage, Sangiovese, Viognier, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and also larger plantings of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc, making the farm self-sufficient as far as varieties needed for the different blends are concerned.

The farm is 17 kilometres from Stanford in a glen in the Kleinrivier Mountains, where the Klein River flows through. The Kleinrivier Mountains is the southernmost mountain range in Africa and its slopes provide a variety of aspects and soil types. The farm’s proximity to the sea ensures cooling breezes from Walker Bay in the afternoon while the South Easter blowing in from Agulhas on the Indian Ocean reduces the summer heat. The newly demarcated Klein River wine of origin ward is adjacent to the Walker Bay district and is cooler than the traditional wine growing areas of the Cape.

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The Overberg

The Overberg is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. This untouched haven of mountains, ocean, rivers and spectacular nature is a perfect holiday destination for those who travel, and a sanctuary loved by those who live here.

Find out more about the Cape Overberg region of South Africa. Where is it? What is it like? What's the weather like? and more about this pristine, spectacular and undiscovered region of South Africa that is only a short drive from Cape Town and the perfect destination for a holiday in South Africa.

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Klein River Cheese

Klein River Cheese is situated in the beautiful Klein river valley, just 7km outside Stanford. (30 km inland from Hermanus & about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town)

It all started 9 years ago when Riaan and Shelley Lourens decided to utilize their surplus milk by making cheese on a small scale. After studying the market and realizing the growing demand in South Africa for cheese of high quality and the absence of any locally produced Swiss hard cheese, they decided to produce a Gruyere-type cheese.

From a small beginning with a Swiss/German cheese maker, who helped set up the business and later trained local Blue cheese maker Jaco van Beulen, the business has grown steadily.

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Birkenhead Brewery

As the first brewing estate in the Southern Hemisphere, we run a small but growing micro brewery situated in the Western Cape of South Africa.

We have much to offer, not only to the beer enthusiast, but to those interested in visiting our beautiful country estate near Stanford in the Shadow of the Klein Rivier mountains)

Here you will find out about our exceptional beer, our country estate, our brewery and our restaurant and pub where you can come and enjoy our delicious food and freshly brewed beer.

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It was once written, albeit "tongue in cheek", that the village of Stanford could be a viable alternative
to Prozac.

The rural peace and tranquility of the village is certainly the draw card for Stanford's permanent and weekend residents, and the many visitors who regularly book themselves into one of Stanford's delightful accommodation places.

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