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Camels and Browsing at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie (2017-02-18) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 02 JUN 2018

Situated on the very popular Cape Point tourist route, Kommetjie’s thoroughly enjoyable Imhoff Farm is a must to visit if you ever find yourself in the area – especially if you are one of those people who take immense pleasure in discovering and supporting local artisans and their businesses.

The original Imhoff’s Gift (literally land gifted by Cape Commisioner Baron Gustav Wilhelm van Imhoff to farmer Christina Rousseau in the mid 1700’s as a thank you for her efforts to supply ships with fresh produce) covers an area that now includes Kommetjie, Ocean View and a section of the Table Mountain National park, with the remaining bit of unclaimed land making up what is now the historic Imhoff Farm complex.

With the dairy and livestock farming of yesteryear no longer viable on this remaining stretch of land, the farmstead has instead involved into commercial hub with and old-world charm and a focus very much on maintaining a “country farm” atmosphere.

The property’s historic homestead now houses the stunning restaurant with a view, Blue Water Cafe, while the stables, silo, smithy, slave quarters and milking sheds are all occupied by a diverse mixture of local artists, craftsmen, shopkeepers and foodies.

Talking about things to eat, in addition to the already mentioned, super popular Blue Water Cafe, Imhoff’s Farm is also home to other food related gems, like Coco & Lace (chocolates, truffles and pralines), Free Range Coffee Shop (coffee, bakes, and light meals), Chez Pepe and his artisan goat’s milk cheeses, Off the Hook Seafood Deli (fish), and another local favourite – Umami Sushi (which is headed up by Bo Zhang, the acclaimed sushi chef from the Food Lover’s Market group).

In terms of art, there are some many interesting studios and work spaces to wander through – including the likes of Bianca L Art Studio, Francoise V Gallery and Interiors, Heartwing Studio, La Belle Armoire, Lindsay Quirk Art Studio, Purely Porcelain, Rodney Band, The Studio Art Gallery, and Zoe Mafham Art.

Then of course there is the straight up shopping experiences to be had, encompassing all types of small quirky ventures, including hairstylists, a florist, a wine stockist, booksellers and of course quirky clothing providers!

Oh, and a well stocked farm stall to boot.

It is not just shopping and eating at Imhoff Farm mind you – given that this is a very family friendly attraction, there are quite a few options for play as well: like the snake park, the Higgeldy Piggeldy animal farmyard, horse riding, a 4×4 offroading track, the milkwood maze, and even a paintball & laser-tag arena!

So, as you might assume then, this really is a good spot for a family outing.

As you can imagine then, despite the few drops of rain that arrived out of nowhere during our visit back in February last year, we had a right ball – basically making this a pretty hard place not to recommend if you ever find yourself with your kids in the fascinating/quirky little village of Kommetjie.

Worth noting: One of the current trends in responsible tourism is of course a reduction in animal interactions – which has very much affected the Imhoff Farm experience since we last visited. These days the Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard doesn’t allow for any petting of the smaller animals like their rabbits and guinea pigs, and sadly the popular camel rides are also no more (the camels were relocated to the Overberg). Not massive deal breakers of course (there is still enough to entertain the kids with after all), but a pity for those of us with little kids nonetheless.

Related Link: Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie

Camel Rides at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm in Oudtshoorn (2017-07-05) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 02 DEC 2017

Three minutes down the road from the world famous Oudtshoorn Cango Caves is the popular (and relatively well known) Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, a family friendly accommodation option situated at the foot of the Swartberg mountain range.

Famous for their camel rides (which is precisely the reason we simply HAD to take Jessica there following our exploration of the caves), Wilgewandel is built around its kid friendly activities, offering things like water slides, donkey cart rides,  the humorously named Ghwarra-Ghwarra Golf Course (putt putt), a foefie slide (zip-line), pedal cars, farmyard animals and rowing boats – basically it should technically be near impossible for your kids not to find some form of entertainment that they enjoy on the grounds!

Centered around a lovely dam, there is plenty of space to run around, the farm atmosphere keeps everything relaxed, and the onsite restaurant works hard to ensure that everyone has a plate of food and full glass in front of them.

Oh, and Wilgewandel sports a pretty well stocked curio shop as well – useful for all those touristy people among us.

The place is then as you imagine a magnet for day visitors and as such can get quite busy at times – so worth keeping in mind if you were originally looking to get away for some complete peace and quiet!

Although we weren’t staying at Wilgewandel (we were bunked down at the lovely De Oude Meul Country Lodge further down the road), and we didn’t grab a bite to eat here either (Chantelle preferred to grab something a little better looking from the nearby Cango Caves Estate instead), we did however hang around long enough give the girls a good chance to run around and play and talk to all the animals – and of course let Jessica tackle her second camel ride of the year.

(Which she absolutely LOVED of course!)

So, if you have kids with you and are looking to escape the the hot Oudtshoorn/Klein Karoo sun (and maybe recharge your batteries for a bit by letting the kids run off to play), then marking Wilgewandel on your travel map is definitely quite the good idea.

Bonus: It is worth noting that I’m not overly excited by their pricing model mind you – basically you need to pay for every single activity as opposed to bunching every thing up under a single access fee, meaning that a day out at Wilgewandel as a day visitor has the potential to get really expensive really quickly if you have two or more kids running around who demand to try absolutely each and everything on offer.

That said, Wilgewandel Holiday Farm is out in the middle of nowhere and is definitely an oasis of entertainment if you ever find yourself lounging around Oudtshoorn with bored kids that are maybe a little tired of seeing ostriches every time that they look out of a window! :D

Related Link: Wilgewandel Holiday Farm | #JuneHolidays2017