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Talking Birds at West Coast Farm Stall outside Yzerfontein (2019-09-01) Farm Stalls | Photo Gallery 05 JAN 2020

The West Coast Farm Stall has for long been a popular farm stall stop on the R27 (otherwise known as the West Coast highway), conveniently located right on the corner where the R315 bisects this important coastal road network artery – literally at the crossroad to either Yzerfontein, Darling or Langebaan.

Its owners, with their unusual love of animals and more importantly pets, have crafted an eclectic road stop experience that despite having lost the big cats (a good thing mind you), offers a visually interesting experience for any first time visitor.

There is the unusually decorated farm stall itself, selling all sorts of snacks and crafted goods, there is the indoor restaurant with its high thatched ceiling and beautiful mural staring down at you, there is the outdoor eating area with all manner of junkyard/boere-chic art installations, a nursery providing greenery, a small sandy play area for little kids, and to crown it all off, a large aviary filled with all sorts of exotic and colorful birds.

It makes for a pleasant if slightly bewildering, noisy, visually stimulating stop – one particularly worth doing if you are travelling with small kids in the car.

This particular visit came along in September last year, on our way up to the West Coast National Park to see the Spring flowers in the Postberg Flower Reserve. With such a lot to take in, naturally I happily spent the time taking quite a lot of photos while Chantelle grabbed herself a cup of coffee.

Exploring Birds of Eden in The Crags (2016-06-25) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 11 JUL 2016

The first day of our long weekend away at Far Hills Country Hotel, just outside of George, saw us hit the N2 (and by hit, I mean travel slowly, thanks to the multitude of speed cameras and restrictive speed limits in the area!) and travel along the Garden Route all the way past Plettenberg Bay, until we reached the activity-rich area known as The Crags.

Our first activity scheduled for the day was a visit to the famous Birds of Eden sanctuary, touted as being the world’s largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary.

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Now Chantelle and I have visited the bird sanctuary previously back in 2009 as part of our honeymoon roadtrip, and as such, were rather eager to introduce this great place to our little girls.

Monty and Cheryl opted to join us on this outing, and pleasingly, the weather turned out to be perfect for the day, allowing us to take our time and wander about the lush and overgrown aviary without a care in the world.

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Thanks to the cool weather as well as being in the middle of breeding season, the aviary wasn’t exactly overflowing with birds out in the open, which was a bit of a pity because it meant that we strolled the boardwalks for relatively long sections without so much as a single sighting!

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Despite that though, there was in the end more than enough birds available for spotting by our eager little girls, and despite the length of the walk (there’s 1.2 km of walkways covering the length and breadth of the 2.3 hectare large aviary) the girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy the adventure!

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(However, the novelty of a 1.2 km walk does wear off after a couple of hours when you’re little, so we did travel the last few meters with two rather grumbly and tired little girls!)

I thoroughly enjoyed the outing, and we had some great sightings of some unusual birds, with the trip being rounded off by the hilarious addition of people preparing for a wedding procession whilst being watched by a troop of baboons outside.

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I did snap a lot of photos with my Huawei P8 phone as per usual, but unfortunately the varying light conditions caused by all the foliage meant that the picture quality came out pretty uneven to say the least! Still, it should give you some idea as to what to expect if you yourself ever make the trip down there…

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Related Link: Birds of Eden

Pitstop at the Weskus Padstal (2015-02-06) Photo Gallery 09 FEB 2015

Friday saw our weekend away down the West Coast kick off, and with the kids collected early, it was off in the Accent (which embarrassingly turned out to need two full cans of oil added before our departure – been a while since we last checked it would seem!).

Even more embarrassingly though, our trip to Jacobsbaai took an eventful turn when, as we were hurtling down the N7, it dawned on us that we had completely missed the Melkbosstrand turn-off to join the R27, meaning a sudden and slightly confused stop was in order.

With the radio immediately silenced because I couldn’t think (beautifully detailed in Defending the Caveman, well worth checking out if you ever get the chance), it was a quick husband/wife argument, then some fumbling with Google Maps on Chantelle’s phone (the GPS on my phone remains broken), followed by some jerky wandering around through the Atlantis area.

Sadly, our (unnecessarily) chosen route to join up with the R27 turned out to be a long, dusty, gravel road affair, which needless to say didn’t please me very much. However, as luck would have it, we did stumble upon a pretty cool sight: a light aircraft coming in for a landing right across the road in front of us – turns out we had happened upon Skydive Cape Town’s home base!

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Anyway, we did eventually join up with the R27 and were soon happily hurtling along again (or at least, driving as fast as the average speed camera system would allow us), and before long we happened across the eccentric West Coast Farmstall, that farm stall/diner/aviary/lion park/nursery that we’ve stopped at before.

Perfect… time for lunch (and a well deserved lunch if I say so myself)!

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As per usual, the Weskus Padstal is an absolute assault on the visual senses, the artistically inclined owners literally throwing anything and everything on the walls, creating an absolute visual treat that keeps you interested despite the fact that you just know that you’re actually sitting amongst a giant junk site.

I love it. It’s like being in a typical, junk-laden Afrikaans bar that just happens to have spilled outside.

Anyway, with Jessica and Emily happily entertained, Chantelle and I both ordered some wildsvleis (venison) pie, which I am happy to report was quite delicious.

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A relaxing, tranquil and enjoyable stop, it’s no wonder that I now seem to always include the West Coast Farmstall on the itinerary whenever we head down the West Coast! :)

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Related Link: http://www.westcoastfarmstall.co.za

Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Birds of Eden (The Crags, Plettenberg Bay) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

Situated next to the great Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden is a massive, fantastic open air aviary hosting a huge variety of birds. Definitely a sight worth seeing if you ever find yourselves in the area, just as we did when on the Garden Route leg of our honeymoon road trip.

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