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Alpaca Wool and Petting at The Alpaca Loom in Paarl (2017-05-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 02 FEB 2018

Having told Chantelle all about our visit with the Alpacas at Dietmar Keil and Kerstin Heisterkamp’s The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio, she was pretty eager that the girls and I take her for a visit too – which is why just over a month after that first visit, we found ourselves once again petting and feeding the adorably fluffy alpacas of Paarl!

Jessica was of course super thrilled to be back (feed bucket firmly in hand), and now with her mommy at her side, Emily too was feeling a whole lot braver than what she did on our solo visit!

Naturally feeding and petting the alpacas down in the kids play area was attraction number one for the day, but the roaming llamas, dromedary camels, and alpaca herd were more than just a little eager in trying to grab our attention whenever they were given a chance.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much in terms of cakes and pies leftover in the little “log cabin coffee shop with a view”, so just juice for the girls and coffee for the adults it was.

As it was last time, watching the ladies weaving the alpaca wool was super interesting, the alpaca wool products intriguing, and the view itself over the Southern Paarl landscape spectacular.

Apart from the coffee shop, kids petting area, jungle gym, and weaving studio, the Alpaca Loom also offers short Alpaca Barn Tours, which take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 15:00.

(Also, the unexpected bonus of having little newborn alpacas running around the fields with their moms was pretty special too!)

Naturally, I grabbed far more pictures than what was necessary of Chantelle and the girls feeding Alpacas:

In summary, it is really hard not to come and visit this place with kids and NOT leave with a broad smile on your face! :)

Bonus: Obviously the coffee shop and weaving studio is just a small part of The Alpaca Loom’s business. Basically, if you are in the market for it, you can purchase pet alpacas, alpaca wool, breeding stock and even guard alpacas from these guys!

Related Link: The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio | Paarl

Feeding the Animals at Montagu Guano Cave (2015-07-10) Photo Gallery 05 AUG 2015

Finally, we had come to the end of our week in Montagu. It had been a good trip thus far: springbok pie in Ashton, birds in Robertson, a river cruise on the Breede river at Viljoensdrift, a nature garden in Montagu, a historic stone tunnel, and a fantastic farm stall – not bad for only a handful of days’ worth of leave! :)

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Our final little excursion (after packing up and saying goodbye to Rainbow Glen) was out to the Montagu Guano Cave guest farm, with the intention of enjoying a nice breakfast followed by feeding all the animals and of course a visit to their every so fluffy Rabbit World enclosure.

(We were originally planning to do the tractor drive up the famous guano cave with the kids, but in the end decided against this, feeling that the trip is a little too long and a little too rugged for little Emily.)

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And that is exactly what we then did.

We ate breakfast, the kids played in the playground, and then everyone took a stab at feeding the animals – from bunnies to fish to ponies and all the way through to camels!

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In other words, the perfect end to our kid-centric Montagu adventure! :)

(P.S. We’ve actually been to Montagu Guano Cave before – last time around though, it was us, our friends, and tents! As to be expected, that experience was… in tents. :P)

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

Photo Gallery: Camping at Montagu Guano Caves (2014-04-24) Photo Gallery 29 APR 2014

Taking full advantage of the multitude of public holidays and thus long weekends over the course of April/May, the weekend of the 25th to 28th of April 2014 saw the intrepid family units of Karl and Trish Storbeck, Damen and Michelle Oosthuizen, Ryan Lotter, Dean and Zania Stapelberg, Evan and Natasha Granger, and obviously Chantelle and Craig Lotter, pack up their kids (where applicable) and camping gear, and set off to the Montagu Guano Caves camping site, a good 2.5 hours journey away from Gordon’s Bay.

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What followed was an entertaining and pretty damn enjoyable weekend of tenting, caravaning, sun, rain and many, many camp fires, all of which has been neatly documented in the photos below:

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