Attractions IN Stanford

Popular Tourist Routes

Overberg Fynbos Route

The Overberg Fynbos Route, also known as the Southern Overberg Fynbos Route, is a route put together by a group of land owners in the southern Overberg, with the intention of promoting an area rich in fynbos, beauty, nature reserves and pretty towns ...

Forests

Platbos Indigenous Forest

Just off the coast of Gansbaai you will find Africa's southernmost forest. Platbos is an ancient, indigenous forest that lies on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills on the Grootbos Road just outside Stanford, the largest remaining fragment of the ...

Nature Reserves

Salmonsdam Nature Reserve

Just 20 kilometres east of the pretty village of Stanford, in the hills of the Perdeberg Mountains, the Salmonsdam Nature Reserve is well known as both a hikers’ and birders’ delight, not least because of the particularly attractive mountain landscape, ...

Attractions AROUND Stanford

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Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

The artist's village of Baardskeerdersbos, more commonly known to locals simply as Bbos, lies on a dirt road somewhere between Stanford and Wolvengat. Most commonly it is accessed via the road that takes you past Grootbos Nature Reserve and Platbos ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Caledon Blue Crane Route

The Caledon farmers grouped together to protect the Blue Crane bird and increase tourism in the area, establishing the Caledon Blue Crane Route, which allows visitors to see the blue crane in its natural environment, and encouraging the blue crane onto ...

Beaches

Cape Overberg Beaches

While much of the Cape Overberg is inland, there are a number of spectacular beaches to be found here. Hermanus is a coastal town known for its excellent whale-watching opportunities. It is also home to some of the magnificent beaches that have earned it ...

Nature Reserves

Flower Valley Farm

Flower Valley Farm partners with Fynsa, based in the nearby town of Stanford. They provide a group of local people to pick fynbos at Flower Valley. The group of mostly women arrange the fynbos into bouquets for both local and overseas retailers, like ...

Nature Reserves

Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills that overlook the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. This multi-award winning 1750 ha reserve is home to more than 740 different species of plants is a nature lover’s ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Directly translated from the Afrikaans, Hemel-en-Aarde means 'heaven-and-earth' and, certainly for those who live there, the valley is often described as, literally, Heaven on Earth. It is through this sumptuous valley that the Hermanus Wine Route ...

Activities / Popular Tourist Routes / Whale Route

The Whale Coast Route

The Whale Route begins in Cape Town and follows the particularly pretty R44, also known as Clarence Drive, through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It is a popular drive that easily rivals Chapman's Peak in Cape Town as one of the most scenic in the ...

Nature Reserves

Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy

Part of the value of this conservancy is that it is the natural hub of a range of endangered and rare fynbos species and habitats. So many of these are otherwise decimated or damaged by urbanisation, agriculture, alien species, deforestation, and ...

Nature Reserves

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Extending along a stretch of coast between the town of De Kelders and the Hermanus Lagoon, the Walker Bay Nature Reserve lies just 3 kilometres from Gansbaai, east of Hermanus on the Danger Point Peninsula. One can get into the reserve at Stanford, via ...

Wine Estates

Walker Bay Wine Estates

The Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley is one of the most productive regions in terms of the production of wines. It has the ideal climate, as the icy wind from the Atlantic Ocean cools it down. In addition, the mountains, which surround the ...

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Landmarks / National Parks / Nature Reserves

Agulhas National Park

Lying in what is known as the Agulhas Plain at the southernmost tip of Africa is the Agulhas National Park, just 45 kilometres from the popular village of Gansbaai. This might be the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but the Agulhas ...

Golf Courses

Arabella Golf Club

Set in the Majestic Kogelberg mountain range and bordered by the Bot Rivier Lagoon is the Arabella Golf Course with its tricky bunkers, immaculate Kikuyu fairways and inventive water hazards it is of little wonder that the course has consistently been ...

Marine Protected Areas

Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area

Betty's Bay MPA lies adjacent to the popular seaside town of Betty's Bay and the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, both managed by CapeNature. It protects a diverse number of habitats – from rocky shores and exposed sandy beaches, to subtidal ...

Nature Reserves

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area lies in the beautiful Langeberg Mountains, over 14 000 hectares that is, in turn, part of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. It is regarded as a hiker's domain, a great space in which to scale peaks to reach views that are ...

Beaches

Cape Agulhas Beaches

Cape Agulhas is a rocky headland with some gorgeous beaches, making it a stunning weekend getaway for travellers along the Garden Route or those exploring the Cape Overberg. The Cape Agulhas region is home to the coastal towns of Arniston, L’Agulhas, ...

Natural Wonders

Cape Whale Coast

The coming of the whales to the Cape Overberg coastline, also known as the Cape Whale Coast, every year between June and November, not only creates a stir, but brings to our shores a large, intelligent and remarkable giant of the sea and the only mammal ...

Marine Protected Areas

De Hoop Marine Protected Area

De Hoop Marine Protected Area (MPA) lies adjacent to the De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Cape Overberg coastline, protecting 253 km² between Stillbaai Point and Ryspunt, and extending three nautical miles offshore. Marine protected areas ...

Nature Reserves

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature Conservation. It is a favourite destination for hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and during the winter and early summer months, whale ...

Nature Reserves

De Mond Nature Reserve

As its name suggests De Mond Nature Reserve lies at a river mouth – the Heuningnes River - in the curve of a natural bay, almost halfway between the coastal towns of Arniston and Struis Bay. The De Mond estuary has remained relatively undisturbed and ...

Museums

Drostdy Museum

The Drostdy Museum is actually a collection of several historical buildings that include one of the oldest surviving examples of a Drostdy building in South Africa, hence the name of the museum. It is not only a beautiful museum that includes large ...

Stanford as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Baardskeerdersbos, Barrydale, Bettys Bay, Botrivier, Buffeljagsrivier, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop, De Kelders, Elgin, Fisherhaven, Franskraal, Gansbaai, Grabouw, Greyton, Heidelberg, Hermanus, Kleinbaai, Kleinmond, Malgas, Onrus, Pearly Beach, Pringle Bay, Riviersonderend, Rooi Els, Sandbaai, Suiderstrand, Suurbraak, Swellendam, Vermaaklikheid, Vermont, Villiersdorp, Witsand

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