Planning a memorable family weekend getaway in Stellenbosch
Trot around on horseback, settle down to a picnic, and see the best of what nature in the Cape Winelands has to offer on a sunset game drive when you plan a family weekend getaway in Stellenbosch. Fabulous food, the great outdoors, an endless stream of award-winning wine, and a diverse selection of family bonding experiences await!
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Get cosy for the evening at Kunjani Wine Estate
Kunjani Wine Estate promises a cosy, luxurious haven in which to cuddle up with your kids or partner following your travels to Stellenbosch. Its private, contemporary self-catering villas will provide the necessary comforts to help you ease into the weekend and let the pent-up stress melt away. Each villa comes with access to Wi-Fi, a fully-equipped kitchen, peaceful surroundings, and beautiful views of the vineyards.
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Fuel up Kunjani Restaurant
You won’t have to venture far to indulge in a flavourful breakfast fit for royalty, so feel free to treat yourself to a lazy lie-in before kick-starting your day. The restaurant serves up plenty of classic favourites, including Eggs Benedict, three-egg omelettes, and filling farm breakfasts – all prepared using only the freshest seasonal ingredients.
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Get closer to nature on a game drive Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary
Villiera Wines is home to a 220ha wildlife sanctuary chockfull of incredible animals, from kudu and bontebok to giraffe and wildebeest – a wonderful addition to your itinerary list for a weekend getaway in Stellenbosch. Birding enthusiasts will also find a broad array of colourful feathered friends flitting about near the dams and marsh areas. The tour guides are well-informed and truly passionate about conservation. They will help you spot the abundant wildlife and let you in on the wine estate’s solar plant and impressive sustainability measures. The game drive lasts approximately two hours and is followed by a complimentary wine tasting at the pristine Villiera tasting room.
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Sight-seeing on horseback at Pink Geranium
What better way to explore the great outdoors than with a spot of horse riding at Pink Geranium? Trot through the sprawling vineyards, taking in the beauty of Table Mountain and the wildflowers as you go. The horse-riding experience is one for the whole family and kids can ride from as young as 7 years old. No need to worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before. There will be a quick lesson in the training arena to prepare you before heading out. Choose from a one-hour or two-hour ride through the vineyards, or a half-day or full-day wine tour exploit. Enhance the experience all the more with a few optional extras, such as a gourmet picnic or a wine tasting.
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Tuck into a lazy lunch at Joostenberg Bistro or Stellies Taproom
Whether you soaked up the glorious natural surroundings of Stellenbosch in a game drive vehicle or on horseback, there is no doubt that your stomach will be growling intensely once lunchtime rolls around. Head over to Joostenberg Bistro for something simple, yet scrumptious. It is a family-friendly restaurant with lush, green lawns and a jungle gym where the kids can run free. Horse rides are also available, and the children are sure to have a blast chasing the chickens that roam the werf. Make a point of stopping by the Joostenberg Deli to stock up on some organic produce (sourced from local producers) on your way out.
If a picnic underneath the trees sounds like a plan, head over to Klein Joostenberg’s Stellies Taproom instead. The picnic-style menu is available until 17h00, so grab an ice-cold craft beer or a glass of chilled wine and indulge in a summer-friendly al fresco meal.
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Wonderdal at Hazendal Destination Winery
Located in the beautiful Bottelary area, Hazendal Destination Winery is where you will find Wonderdal, an all-new edutainment centre that opened its doors in 2019. It is the first of its kind in Africa, welcoming children between the ages of 5 – 13 to indulge their curiosity and learn more about science, life skills, and physical aptitude. The centre merges natural and technologically advanced elements, including 3D virtual reality, to take kids on a learning adventure alongside a friendly virtual tour guide. The entire experience is fully supervised, so parents can put their feet up and relax at the neighbouring Babushka Deli while the youngsters have the time of their lives. The deli serves up delicious home cooked breakfasts and lunches inspired by age-old babushka (Russian grandmother) traditions.
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Picnic at Warwick Estate
Warwick Wine Estate is nestled in The Greater Simonsberg wine region and, aside from its velvety wines, it is also known for its gourmet picnics and flavourful charcuterie platters. Choose from meaty delights or forego the meat entirely and opt for a ready-made vegetarian or vegan basket, packed to the brim with fresh seasonal snacks and goodies. Laze around on the lawns inside your private picnic pod and watch as the kids splash around in the fountain on those glorious sunny days. Enhance the experience further with a Land Rover safari drive through the prosperous Warwick vineyards, followed by a wine tasting and/or a guided cellar tour.
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Where to stay
These two self-catering cottages are situated in the heart of the thriving Knorhoek vineyards, offering guests access to a variety of blissful trails to explore on hikes or leisurely morning walks. The trails are often frequented by wild animals (note that the trails are to be followed at one’s own risk), such as owls, deer, peacocks, eagles, and the occasional leopard. The kids will enjoy staying here as there is a jumping castle on the grounds from Wednesday to Sunday, as well as a sparkling swimming pool for lots of summertime family fun.
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Le Grand Jardin
This family-friendly escape is located in Devon Valley and set against a gorgeous vineyard backdrop. The summer house is nothing less than a wonderland, with treasures to discover in every corner. The grounds feature a merry-go-round, a tree house, and a swimming pool. The adults will appreciate the glorious rose bushes in full bloom all around the property, as well as the shimmering Victorian glasshouse, adorned with artwork and boasting an atmosphere-enhancing fireplace to cuddle up in front of during winter.
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