Hot air ballooning : The unique experience of hot air ballooning is, essentially a rather elegant, eccentric adventure in space and time, and promises an excitement all of its own. Hover at tree-top height for a chat with or a wave to a local farmer as you go. Or, if you wish, and conditions permit, your pilot can take you to soar high among the clouds.
Horse back riding : One of our famous horse riding trails at the beautiful Journey’s End Wine Estate in the Helderberg! Situated a stone’s throw from Somerset West, our riding trails will afford you all the grandeur and beauty that is False Bay and the Cape Peninsula. Experience some of the world’s most dramatic and spectacular scenery on horseback! See the awe inspiring view of False Bay and capture the splendid beauty of Cape Point from the secluded foot of the Hottentots Holland mountain range.
Paintball : A social paintball business and a trend setter in the region. We have an extra large area with 3 fields that are safe and full of natural cover like rocks, trees and valleys which makes it ideal for paintball. The large are prevents unnecessary close-up shots like in smaller fields which is not ideal for kids. Our resting area is amongst huge pine trees where you can relax afterwards and share battlefield stories.
Quad Biking : This venue is near Stellenbosch /Paarl area. Based on the beautiful Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl, South Africa, the quad bikes complement the horse trails, by allowing guests to enjoy the same views and nature experience, as the horse riders do. Like the horse trails, the quad bikes are led by an experienced guide. There are half hour to 2 hour trails. There is also a fun obstacle course through the forest, which gives novice riders the opportunity to practice their new skills. The trails operate 7 days a week.
You may or may not know that Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and is fondly referred to as ‘Eikestad’ or city of oaks. While visiting this town your eyes will be drawn to the gorgeous examples of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture that line the streets. Take you time and walk down Dorp Street which is a national monument and a real treasure.
Stellenbosch isn’t only a wine region it is also home to the University of Stellenbosch and so on any given day you’ll find plenty of students making their way to and from campus, which also means that the town has an active nightlife — so be sure you’re ready for a jol! Because it is only an hour away from Cape Town this means you can easily pop into an event, perhaps one of the Oude Libertas Summer Season Concerts or take in a film or two at the Cape Winelands Film Festival. If you’re staying for more than a day we’ve come up with 10 wonderful suggestions of things you can busy yourself with in this historical town …
There is something about Sunday afternoons and the need to get out of doors with little ones. Gone are the days of lie-ins and reading novels on the couch. And this fact will be made all the more palpable the more you try and relive them, so getting out is a good idea. Even without little ones, you’ll find these relatively easy walks a seriously lovely way to experience the wonderful summer, autumn and spring months.
A nature reserve that lies just under the Table, the Deer Park, in Vredehoek, is filled with paths used by runners, walkers, bike enthusiasts and dog walkers. The myriad pathways — some of which are wild and overgrown and go right up the mountain, and others that are actually boardwalks and great to do with children — make the Deer Park the popular space that it is.
LONG BEACH – NOORDHOEK TO KOMMETJIE
Long Beach, also sometimes called Noordhoek Beach (rather obviously because it lies belowNoordhoek) stretches for 8 km all the way through to Kommetjie and makes a wonderfully long and challenging walk that little ones will relish (just not the very little ones, they’ll need to be at least four years old). What makes the walk so lovely is not only the wildness of the place, the occasional horse rider and the relaxed and unhurried pace, but the shipwreck part way.
SEA POINT PROMENADE
Sea Point‘s long stretch of paved walkway on the edge of the sea does not need an introduction to Capetonians, who make very good use of this wonderful waterfront area to exercise and feel the sea breeze on their skins. The place is a wonderful mix of people, safe for children (there are parks, jungle gyms, swings and a new outdoor ‘gym’ for all to use), great for sundowners and picnics and, despite having very little beach to speak of, one of the city’s local ‘haunts’.