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Play at Vredenhof Organic Estate in Somerset West (2016-09-03) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 25 SEP 2016

Having been tasked with entertaining ourselves for the day while Chantelle treated her mother with a birthday high tea at the Mount Nelson, the girls and I stumbled across a great little find in the Somerset West area – Vredenhof Organic Estate.

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Billing itself as an organic, eco friendly estate of the Cape Winelands, the estate is run by a Swiss family that immigrated to South Africa from Geneva, Switzerland, settling at Vredenhof in 2002.

Following their belief that processed foods are inherently nutrient poor and that poor food quality is a leading cause of many health problems, they established Vredenhof as an organic farm with a farm store in order to supply locals concerned with their health with good quality, fresh organic produce all year round.

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Vredenhof itself is a farm of 27 hectares situated on Bredell Road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West which has been certified organic (complying with European organic standards) every year without interruption since 2004, either by AFRISCO or SGS.

Around 50 different herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown, and you are guaranteed to almost always find something rather unusual being grown out in their fields. Organic seeds are both produced and bought, with sowing and harvesting happening all year around.

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Of course, absolutely nothing of the above are things that interest the girls or myself – what we were however interested in seeing was Vredenhof Organic Estate’s absolutely fabulous play area, which simply put, one of the better ones that I’ve seen in a long time. Covered in wall to wall Disney story murals, the play area features wooden castles, walkways, a pirate ship, and even a gypsy caravan.

(In other words, expect to lose your child to their play area for more than just a little while!)

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On arrival, the girls and I first explored the lower ends of the premises, playing with the giant chess set, examining the mini golf course, and of course interacting with the pigs, goats, and yes chickens that roam about in the pens.

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From there we had a stroll through the rose garden, wandered about the gazeebo, examined the giant stone harp and bucket well water features, looked at the seedlings in the nursery section, splashed in the fountain, admired the art in the art studio, studied the carrots and other vegetables in the farm shop – and then sat down for some coffee, milkshake – and delicious carrot cake.

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It was at this point that my kids ran off to play, leaving me to enjoy a peaceful morning of contemplation over a nice cup of coffee.

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Also, I took a LOT of photos on the morning – much to the annoyance of my kids of course!

Here’s a handy map if you want your kids to experience this brilliant playground for themselves:

Related Link: Vredenhof Organic Estate | Facebook

Flower and Plane Watching at the Stellenbosch Flying Club (2016-09-03) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 21 SEP 2016

With Chantelle and Tarryn treating her mom to a surprise high tea at the Mount Nelson (in celebration of Cheryl’s birthday), the girls and I were left to our own devices – and ordered to kill time until a big family birthday braai get together come that evening.

So the kids and I did what I currently enjoy doing the most – we hit the road and went exploring.

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Apart from the two interesting finds that we did make on the day, the first being Vredenhof Organic Estate in Somerset West, and the second being the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch, the most colourful of the lot was our small detour to the Stellenbosch Flying Club to do a bit of plane watching.

You see, an unexpected bonus lay in wait for us: the airstrip had been transformed into a colourful wild flower display, thanks to Spring being currently in the air!

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Jessica decided that she was quite content to rest and watch planes from the comfort of the car (parked under a nice and shady tree), so it was just Emily and myself then that happily wandered about the grounds, admiring the blooming flowers and excitedly watching the odd plane take off and come back in again for landing.

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It was an absolutely gorgeous day out, and we spotted quite a few people relaxing at the clubhouse restaurant. (Interesting fact: with over 600 members and 160 aircraft based on the airfield, Stellenbosch is now considered one of the biggest Flying Clubs in South Africa).

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Much to Emily’s annoyance, I paid far too much attention to the historic De Havilland Vampire on display, but it couldn’t really be helped – this is after all the plane that for all intent and purpose ushered in the jet age for the South African Air Force (SAAF) back in the day.

Anyway, the point is that this was a rather nice, quick and rewarding stop on a day which in the end was going to turn out to be quite a long one indeed!

Oh, seeing as access to the flying club is open to the general public, I’ve gone and added this map in case you also want to head out that way and watch some planes – or grab an introductory flight lesson like I did last year! ;)

Related Link: Stellenbosch Flying Club | Facebook

Exploring the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch (2016-09-03) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 20 SEP 2016

The impact that the wealthy farmer, politician and later philanthropist, Jan Marais had on Stellenbosch cannot be overstated. Having made his fortune first in the diamond fields at the confluence the Vaal and Orange Rivers, he then turned his hand to farming and moved to Stellenbosch, where he quickly established himself as a leading figure of the town and in fact, became the first representative of Stellenbosch to serve in the House of Assembly when South Africa became a Union in 1910.

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In addition to being instrumental in the founding of Naspers and Die Burger (he provided a lot of the financing), Jan Marais also left a large amount of money in his will towards the establishment of the Stellenbosch University, establishing it out of the existing Victoria College. His testament also provided for the establishment of HJMNF (Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds), which currently awards some R20 million annually to a number of developmental projects in Stellenbosch and elsewhere in support of the Afrikaans language.

Oh, and just because he could, he also donated a massive 23 ha piece of land for use as a nature reserve – and in so doing, the Jan Marais Nature Reserve public park was born.

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This sprawling, municipal run park serves two main purposes, one of which is providing a safe haven for the region’s naturally occurring vegetation, with the park comprising of two primary vegetation types: Swartland Renosterveld to the north and Swartland Alluvium Fynbos towards the southern edge.

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The other purpose is of course is to be a freely available green space for the residents of Stellenbosch to make use of – thus the many picnic lawns and even small playground area to be enjoyed!

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There are a lot of rambling dirt paths to follow through a big variety of various types of vegetation, and with Spring in the air, the fynbos was certainly putting on a show for the girls and myself on our day of exploration!

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Apart from the local inhabitants that include all manner of birds, rabbits and of course tortoises, Jan Marais Nature Reserve is also dotted with public art all over the place – in fact, you can make a whole morning out of just tracking these often quite whimsical (in fairness, that’s being a kind to a lot of the displays) sculpture pieces down!

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There is also a labyrinth on show (as well as an eco-centre and outdoor gym mind you), but apart from the spectacular landscape views afforded from within the park, for me the surprise star of the show was finding renowned sculptor Dylan Lewis’ Elevated Leopard sculpture standing on display.

(It can be spotted in front of the thatch roofed restrooms, which themselves can be found towards the front, central area of the park.)

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As you might imagine, the girls and I spent a good couple of hours wandering around the park, tracking tortoises, flowers, sculptures and termite mounds, but given the size of the park (not to mention the girls’ short legs), there is still plenty of it left to be seen.

So I guess a return trip is inevitable then?

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I went a bit overboard in terms of taking photos on the day, but I have now trimmed the masses – even so, the gallery on today’s post is a bit on the large side.

Sorry, not sorry, about that.

Note: By this stage, the girls were hot, tired and hungry (we had already spent the morning exploring Somerset West’s Vredenhof Organic Estate, as well as pop in to view some planes and flowers at the Stellenbosch Flying Club mind you), and after much pleading and wailing, I relented and took them for some Chicken McNugget Happy Meals at the local Stellenbosch McDonald’s – a place I haven’t frequented in literally years!

This they liked.

(And then it was off to Monty and Cheryl’s place in Bellville, seeing as we had a massive surprise birthday party for Cheryl lined up for the evening.)

Anyway, here is a map if you too want to go and wander about or enjoy a picnic in the very accessible Jan Marais Nature Reserve – bonus, entry is free:

Related Link: Jan Marais Nature Reserve | Stellenbosch

Fun on the Foofy Slide at Vredenbosch in Stellenbosch (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 19 SEP 2016

I’ve already posted about Vredenbosch, this gem of a kid friendly find that I made with the girls the other day, but what I didn’t get around to was posting any photos of the very fun “flying fox” style foofy (foefie) slide (also known as a zip-line for any non South Africans reading this) that you can find on the obstacle course/animal grazing grounds in front of the restaurant.

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Obviously Jessica wanted a ride on it at first sight (which surprisingly went very well), and after seeing her sister having all the fun, obviously Emily also wanted in on the action too.

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Amazingly, this also went rather well (though with her I stuck close by!).

The girls probably had me pulling and pushing them along the line for at least an hour, and had an absolute blast of a time in the process.

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Even the free roaming alpacas came in for a closer look! (Much to little Emily’s horror of course!)

A highly recommended outing if you have kids with a lot of energy and in need of a LOT of space to run around and play in!

Here’s a handy map in case your kids bug you to take them there for some fun:

Related Link: Vredenbosch Restaurant

Miniature Horses and Alpacas at Vredenbosch in Stellenbosch (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 17 SEP 2016

I stumbled across this gem of a kid friendly place in Stellenbosch by the name of Vredenbosch. It is situated along the R304, heading out of Stellenbosch, on what is or was Pete’s Adventure Farm (I’m struggling to ascertain as to whether or not Pete’s is still a thing – certainly the horse rides through the nearby wildlife sanctuary appears to still be alive and well, based on the website some Googling turned up).

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According to the waitress that helped the girls and I out with some ice cream and coffee on the day (we were a little hot and bothered following our morning of gallivanting at Klein Joostenberg and its surrounds), Vredenbosch hasn’t been operating for all that long, but has already proven quite popular for the hosting of kids birthday parties, kitchen teas and that sort of gathering – thanks primarily to its remote location and humongous wide open space which is just perfect for letting the kids run wild in.

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I didn’t really order food, so I can’t comment on that, but the menu seemed to cover all the bases, and the girls certainly enjoyed both their milkshake and ice-creams. (Apparently though, they are still waiting on their liquor licence – which was a bit of a surprise considering the location). 

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We sat in the shade of the outside area, but once the group of ladies celebrating a kitchen tea moved on, we did venture inside to get a better look at what turns out to be quite a spacious restaurant interior.

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The real stars of the show were however the miniature horses roaming around the enclosed field, which Jessica immediately made a beeline for. There are also these two awesomely chilled alpacas wandering about, Lucio and Frost, who are quite curious about anyone that steps into their domain.

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While Jess rather enjoyed having all these animals freely wander about, Emily was of course absolutely terrified – meaning that whenever they would come in close to investigate us, she would tearfully disappear behind my legs faster than what I could blink!

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Apart from the animals roaming about, the expansive field also houses a wooden obstacle course as well as a wooden jungle gym. However, the star of the field is without a doubt the foofy slide (or zipline as it is otherwise known), which at the end of the day provided at least an hour’s worth of entertainment (if not more) to the girls! (More pics in a follow up post!)

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So yes, as you might imagine, the girls and I ended up spending quite a bit of time at Vredenbosch on the day. In other words, a good find indeed!

Here it is on the map in case you think your kids might also like to give it a go:

Related Link: Vredenbosch Restaurant

Watching Gordon’s Bay from the Steenbras Lookout Point (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 15 SEP 2016

I’ve mentioned Steenbras Dam on these pages before, formerly the main reservoir for Cape Town and also current source for the Steenbras Power Station (a pumped storage system).

I know that it used to be open to the public back in the day, making for a fantastic fishing and picnic spot for the local Helderberg residents, but has sadly for security reasons and due to vandalism and neglect, it has been closed to public access for a couple of years now.

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Thankfully though, the Steenbras Lookout Point has remained open to the public, situated literally in front of the gates of the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant (constructed in 1946).

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Once you reach the top of the steep, winding road leading up to the water treatment plant, you park in the parking area in front of the treatment facility’s gate and are immediately rewarded with a great view of False Bay.

However, for the full effect, you need to walk on the narrow path along the fence of the water treatment plant to reach an open lawn that then affords spectacular views of Gordon’s Bay, Strand, and in fact the whole Helderberg region!

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Amazingly, neither of my girls appeared worried by the seemingly treacherous path to reach the lookout point, though I must say for the most part I was sticking VERY closely behind!

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The reward was however worth it.

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Despite the slight haze on the day, the views were amazing, and the girls and I rather enjoyed watching the cars and boats seemingly at play down below. Mountain flowers were starting to bloom and of course, the girls were rather pleased by the fact that every now and then we could see clouds floating by underneath us!

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If you find yourself in the area, do yourself  a favour and take the quick trip to the top. It is definitely a nice and short, but rather rewarding, little tourist attraction here in Gordon’s Bay.

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Oh, and apparently this lookout point gives quite the view come night time – though I suspect I might do that without the little ones also clomping about!

(Also, as you might have surmised, Chantelle nearly fainted when I eventually showed her the pictures of what the girls and I had gotten up to while she was away at work!)

Here’s a map in case you also want to take in the view:

Related Link: Steenbras Dam

Chasing Chickens through Van Den Berg Garden Village in Stellenbosch (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 11 SEP 2016

The area around Klein Joostenberg has a lot to offer, and one of the more visually interesting ones is the slightly ramshackle Van den Berg Garden Village, the unusual plant nursery that greets you when you get out of your car in the car park at the Klein Joostenberg complex.

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Just across the street from Ludwig’s Roses Winelands, and adjacent to the Joostenberg Deli and Butchery,  Van den Berg Garden Village is the work of Dutch-born Toos van den Berg, who studied horticulture before travelling around Europe, arriving in Africa and marrying a man from the Cape.

After developing nurseries in Dieprivier, Durbanville and Kirstenbosch, she eventually moved to this spot, and the result is one of the most interesting nurseries that marries horticulture and art in sometimes quite the eccentric way.

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It was the sound of free ranging chickens that pulled us in, and we spent a fair bit of time ducking and diving among all the shaded little pathways, discovering overrun pieces of art, beautiful flowering plants, and of course, chickens.

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Around 80% of the plants in the nursery are indigenous, supplemented with some intriguing exotic plants from all over the planet. As Toos has remarked before, “The birds don’t know the difference”! ;)

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An interesting little find for all the gardeners out there, that’s for sure.

Related Link: Van den Berg Garden Village Nursery

Horse-drawn Carriage Ride at Klein Joostenberg in Stellenbosch (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 10 SEP 2016

I have already mentioned our morning spent frolicking on the lawns and eating from the deli at Klein Joostenberg the other day, but what I haven’t yet mentioned is the actual reason that the girls and I were there in the first place.

A cart horse.

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I remembered that a couple of years back, you used to be able to purchase short little rides on a horse-drawn cart. Whether or not this was still the case, I didn’t know, but nevertheless, I was pretty sure that this would be something of a little adventure that both girls might enjoy.

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As it turns out, the rickety old carriage is still very much there, and for a fee of R15 per passenger, you get a short ride past the pond, into a small glen of trees and then back the way you came.

(Oh, and the guys operating it now also have a standalone horse there, so if your kids prefer riding on an actual horse as opposed to just enjoying a cart ride – well, you’re sorted).

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Emily wasn’t quite convinced that this was totally a fun idea in the beginning, so she remained seated on my lap for the journey (but did eventually get rather into it!). Jessica on the other hand was super excited and loved every minute of it – going even so far to “thank the nice horsie” at the end!)

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So yes, definitely a pleasant morning distraction!

Related Link: Klein Joostenberg

Outside the Stellenbosch Brewing Company at Klein Joostenberg (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 05 SEP 2016

One big addition to the picnic lawns at Klein Joostenberg that we spotted on our visit there the other day is the hard to miss home of The Stellenbosch Brewing Company, the craft brewery behind the ‘Stellies’ beer label.

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Known as “The Taproom on Klein Joostenberg”, this light lunch/pub venture is a collaboration between Joostenberg Picnics and The Stellenbosch Brewing Co (who actually brew from that very building).

Essentially it is billed as a family friendly space where the whole family can relax and children can run and play, all while one enjoys an al fresco meal, a chilled glass of organic Joostenberg wine, an ice-cold Stellies craft beer and the laid back farm setting.

Sounds good to me.

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As I mentioned, the 2013 established craft brewery actually brews the beer on site and tastings and tours are offered. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to sit down and try some of their beer, so that just means I’ll need to head back that way the first chance that I get! ;)

Founder brewer Bruce Collins and Taproom manager Karen Collins list five different Stellies beers currently on offer: (source)

  • Bosch Weiss: a lightly hopped traditional Bavarian style wheat beer specifically fermented with a unique yeast strain lending notes of banana, clove and coriander. ABV 4.5% & IBU 11
  • The Avenue Lager: A bohemian style Czech pilsner brewed with Saaz hops and cold fermented for a minimum of 6 weeks. Full of flavor and balanced by a crisp, dry finish. ABV 5.0% & IBU 15
  • Born Free Pale Ale: An assertive American style Pale Ale with a unique blend of hops giving litchi, gooseberry and citrus notes. It’s perfect balance of malt & hops guarantees smooth drinkability. ABV 5.5% & IBU 37.
  • Hoenderhok Bock: First brewed in our original location in a humble chicken hok, this German style dark lager has a roasted malt backbone and pillowy white head. It boasts a rich ruby colour and is a full bodied and rewarding beer. ABV 6.5% & IBU 26
  • Eike Stout: A medium bodied stout with a balanced, malty sweetness. Vanilla beans added during maturation lend a delicious layer of complexity to the caramel notes and enhance the velvety finish. ABV 6.0% & IBU 25

Also, one can’t talk about Stellies beers without mentioning their gorgeous, award winning bottle labels either:

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Seeing as I didn’t actually make an effort in sitting down and enjoying a Taproom experience (the girls and I were far too busy running about and enjoying our weekend play time on the day), I grabbed some photos off the Quiver Tree website to give you a better look inside:

So there you have it. If you enjoy craft beer and are looking for a properly family friendly picnic venue with a polished finish, then a visit to the Stellenbosch Brewing Company’s Taproom should definitely be on your Spring to do list!

Related Link: Stellenbosch Brewing Company

Playing on the Lawns of Klein Joostenberg in Stellenbosch (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 04 SEP 2016

Joostenberg is a diverse, 5th generation family business situated in the Muldersvlei district of Stellenbosch, known for their organic vineyard farming and boutique wine production, their small herd of grass fed free range cattle reared for beef, their pork specialist butchery, their seasonal cut flowers, herbs and vegetables, their popular deli, their events venue, and last but not least, their world class, family-friendly bistro.

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Most of the actual work happens at the working farm of Joostenberg, but it is Klein Joostenberg, their retail outlet housing the deli, cellar door wine sales, butchery, bistro and a modern events venue that is the real attraction here.

Extremely family friendly with massive lawns and a welcoming atmosphere, we’ve enjoyed quite a number of picnics here in the past when Jessica was a lot younger – as well as one wedding come to think of it!

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As you might imagine, the girls had an absolute ball. We enjoyed a ride on the horse carriage, ate some yummy treats from the deli, ran around on the lawn, explored the grounds, chased chickens, and played on the jungle gym – the only thing we didn’t end up doing was grabbing a table and enjoying a bite to eat at the bistro!

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It is worth noting that there has been one big change to the grounds since we last visited – a lot of the kids’ play equipment have been removed to make space for the Stellenbosch Brewing Company, whose tasting room/restaurant now sits squarely on the picnic lawn space, which is a welcome addition to the experience as a whole.

Sadly, I didn’t get around to trying their beer out either (an oversight on my part), but now that I know that they are there, I’ll definitely be visiting again sooner rather than later!

If you are looking for a polished family friendly space with a good outdoors feel to it, then you definitely can’t go wrong with a visit to the charming experience that is Klein Joostenberg.

Related Link: Joostenberg

Kids, Bikes and Country Mews in Gordon’s Bay (2016-08-20) Photo Gallery 29 AUG 2016

Jessica was enjoying quite a good Saturday. She had already had fun at Courtney’s birthday party in the morning (hence the face paint), then she had ice cream in kleinmond, following by a walk around the harbour and then some adventure on a coastal walkway.

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Yet, despite all this, the girls still wanted more, meaning that regardless of the fact that neither Chantelle nor I wanted to leave the comfort of our couch following our return from the day’s outing, we had little choice but to given in to the incessant cry to go out for a sunset complex bike tag-along.

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Which in the end wasn’t all that bad mind you.

A beautiful sunset, lots of flowers showing at the communal garden space, some play time on the jungle gym, and I guess, some nice fresh air.

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Still, a snooze on the couch would have been rather nice!

Tackling Kleinmond’s Coastal Walkway (2016-08-20) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 28 AUG 2016

The Kleinmond area is literally littered with fantastic hikes and coastal walkways, giving plenty of different views of the magnificent combination of sea, fynbos and of course the Kogelberg mountains that frame the area.

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We were enjoying a nice impromptu afternoon out in the fishing/tourist village of Kleinmond, and following our lunch at the Boathouse and then stroll around the small harbour, the girls next decided to scurry over to the start of the short boardwalk (accessible from the harbour) that leads to the old ‘kerkgrot’ (‘church cave’), essentially an overhang that used to pass for a spiritual meeting place back in the day.

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The lure of the adjacent steep stone steps was more than strong enough to entice Jessica to head straight for the top, which then of course meant that Emily just had to follow – in other words, now with absolutely no choice in the matter whatsoever, mommy and daddy had to follow suite!

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Although we didn’t follow the path very far (Emily is still short of 3 after all), we were rewarded with spectacular views of both fynbos, the ocean and the mountain, and to be honest, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making my way back here for a proper walk once the girls are slightly older.

(Sadly, no Southern Right Whales were spotted on the day though…)

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In other words, yet another great reason to pull into Kleinmond the next time you find yourself taking a road trip down the coastal R44!

Related Link: Kleinmond | Kleinmond Walks

Wandering about Kleinmond’s Small Harbour (2016-08-20) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 26 AUG 2016

After enjoying some delicious fish and chips from the nearby Boathouse restaurant in Kleinmond, Chantelle, the girls and I next sauntered down the road to the tiny Kleinmond harbour, to get a better look at this picturesque little spot.

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The Kleinmond harbour was built around 1940 and enjoyed its heyday during the fishing boom of the 1970s, but had fallen into disrepair in the ensuing years. Although never really losing popularity with local fisherman, the harbour is now receiving a new lease on life, as a massive 2014 project saw developers repair the breakwaters, dredge the harbour bowl and upgrade pedestrian access.

A new jetty was installed, while existing harbour walls were all stabilized, and garages equipped for the NSRI and other emergency equipment erected. Oh, and the fish-scaling tables also received an upgrade.

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The result has been a resounding success in turning this new Whale Coast waterfront area into a big tourist attraction for the little coastal town, with the Harbour Road area (as it is now known), becoming quite the little hub of great restaurants and shopping opportunities.

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Fishermen we are not, but nevertheless we thoroughly enjoyed strolling down the slipway and walking along the jetty, admiring the breathtaking ocean and mountain view while watching some locals attempting to pull in some fish using hand lines.

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Definitely a case of property developers spending money the right way!

Related Link: Harbour Road

Fish and Chips at The Boathouse Restaurant in Kleinmond (2016-08-20) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 24 AUG 2016

Chantelle and I decided to make an impromptu afternoon trip out to Kleinmond with the kids, making our way past Rooi Els, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay via the beautiful coastal route that is Clarence Drive.

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After a bit of driving about and looking at all the houses that make up this small coastal town (including the famous – or perhaps infamous – Western Province rugby supporters’ home that is literally decked out from top to bottom in blue, white and disas!), we next headed down to the popular tourist spot that is Harbour Road, opting to grab a bite to eat from The Boathouse Restaurant – pretty much because the girls were ready to rebel if they didn’t get ice cream right that moment!

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Reminiscent of old fishing villages dotted along the southern US coastline, Harbour Road is actually a pretty nice, albeit tiny, waterfront development that puts together a great mix of tourist friendly, colourful shops and restaurants pretty much down a single road, with everything clustered around Kleinmond’s popular fisherman harbour.

Mountain peaks behind you, ocean to the front – it really is a beautiful location to sit and enjoy a beer in!

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With her face still freshly painted following Courtney’s birthday party in the morning, Jessica selected which seats we were to sit in (she chose an outside table with a comfy couch at the side), and after ordering some ice cream for the girls, Chantelle and I got down to the hard business of selecting what we ourselves actually wanted for lunch.

As it turns out, fish and chips at the Boathouse is a great choice!

(Also, the surprisingly named Sxollie Cider happens to be quite nice as well. Go figure.)

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Not a bad way to start an afternoon that would still see us take a stroll around the small harbour area, as well as brave a small section of the neat coastal walkway!

Related Link: The Boathouse | Harbour Road

Playing at the Youth Crescent Play Park in Gordon’s Bay (2016-08-13) Photo Gallery 22 AUG 2016

Despite the cold and overcast conditions, the girls and I decided that we needed to stretch our legs a bit to close off the day, and so we headed down the road to a nearby park, a couple of streets away from our place here at Country Mews in Gordon’s Bay.

Youth Crescent Play Park is the field’s official municipal title, and yes, it is situated in Youth Crescent, hence the name. It consists of a large green field, with a couple of old kid-friendly play park equipment pieces scattered around, and for some or other reason, a section of concrete pipe just laying there.

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Although large sections of the park was rather wet and muddy, this did not deter the girls one bit, happy to finally be out of the house and able to run about!

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Naturally, we had to try out each and every piece of park equipment, and all in all it was a pretty fun afternoon out. Jessica got to practice taking photos (with me nervously watching to make sure she didn’t drop my phone!), snapping this pretty nice picture of Emily and I:

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And yes, the concrete pipe turned out to be an attraction for the girls!

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Finally the cold and unpleasantness of the weather caught up with us, and in order to avoid the rain but let the girls burn off all their remaining energy, I made a snap decision to head down to Sunset Bay Spur, where I could indulge in beer while the girls could get lost in Spur’s play area.

Win-win situation for us all! :)

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Photos of the park (just in case you didn’t know of its existence before):