Less than an hour from Cape Town, and just twenty minutes from Cape Town International Airport, Stellenbosch is packed with activities to keep families busy this school holiday.
Whilst many people come for a fun day during the holidays, visitors can also make it a proper break. Created in partnership with Stellenbosch Travel – Stellenbosch is offering Relax, Reflect Stellenbosch packages that unlock all the delights of winter in the Winelands for much less. Check them out for great family deals.
Here are some other warm and playful ideas to cheer up your winter itinerary in Stellenbosch:
TEN GREAT STELLENBOSCH SPOTS WHERE EATING WITH THE KIDS IS ALSO AN ADULT EXPERIENCE
· Head to Spier for a meal at Eight Restaurant (with wooden jungle gym) or purchase a picnic and enjoy your lunch on the lawns in the warm winter sun – then add on an adventure at the Eagle Encounter.
· Spier, Middelvlei and Lourensford all offer educational grape juice pairings for kids (and wine tastings for the adults).
· At Middelvlei’s boere-braai the little people get to roast their own marshmallows and run around on the lawn all day.
· A popular spot for gourmet comfort food is Bistro13 where kids can tumble around in the enclosed play area outdoors – which is within sight of the tables.
· Head to Le Pommier for their kid-friendly restaurant special: kids under 12 eat free from the kids menu when dining with their parents this winter.
· Make your way to a market for great family food and warm and cosy community – Stellenbosch Slow is on Saturdays at Oude Libertas, the Lourensford Market is on every Sunday on the estate, the Root 44 Market (with a recently refreshed kids offering) is at Audacia on Saturdays and Sundays and the Blaauwklippen Family Market is on Sundays at Blaauwklippen.
· Parents can lunch at quirky restaurant Lekke Neh, whilst their kids have a ball in the supervised Carnival play area on Weltevreden Estate, every Tuesday to Sunday from 09h00 -17h00.
· If you feel like enjoying excellent food in a warm and comfy setting, head to 96 Winery Road where children are also welcome.
· Famed for its garden restaurant, there are plenty of breaks in the clouds to get to Delheim – where a busy brood of Jack Russels are waiting to welcome you. Rainy days are just as promising with a cosy interior and weekly cheese fondue and jazz on Sundays (till end of August).
· Head to the bakery at Jordan Wine Estate for a relaxed lunch and reasonably priced menu that features crowd-pleasing cheese and meat platters. Kids can visit the bakery counter to choose a sweet treat afterwards.
FIVE TOP STELLENBOSCH ACTIVITIES TO ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE AND INSPIRE
There is nothing quite like looking at the world through a child’s eyes. Stellenbosch is a treasure trove of wonders for kids of all ages.
· The Toy and Miniature Museum is a land of enchantment that parents will also love. Amongst the treasured miniature houses, antique dolls, cars and cuddly toys, visitors can also see a detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa’s famous Blue Train, travelling from a miniature Stellenbosch to the mountains of the Karoo.
· Shake off the duvet and set off into the awe-inspiring Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, alive with new growth and waterfalls at this time of year.
· Butterfly World is a firm favourite with a number of other animals and some serious creepy-crawlies keeping things interesting. What’s more the tropical ambience needed for butterfly life means that the space is warm and cosy all year round.
· Visit the crocs at Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm or see the wild cats at Vredenheim.
· Little people can learn all about the extraordinary creatures at the Drakenstein Lion Park and Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
KID-FRIENDLY NESTS FOR THOSE WHO JUST DON’T WANT TO LEAVE
These Stellenbosch hotels and guest houses are giving visitors with children some irresistible deals this winter:
· Rusthuiz Guest House welcomes families looking for value, and places you right in the centre of things.
· Wedgeview Country House & Spa welcomes kids to their cosy accommodation offering. Lots of space and beauty surrounds you at this lovely winter escape.
· Beautifully appointed Victorian guest house Bonne Esperance welcomes families and is a convenient base from which to explore Stellenbosch.
· The luxurious Lanzerac is so good it will be hard to leave your room but its beautiful location just outside of Stellenbosch means you will be lured by the promise of both nature and culture just beyond your door.
· A small and cosy hotel, Le Pommier blends charm and location to give families a restful escape and a great spot to come back to after a busy day exploring Stellenbosch.
· The Village Hotel at Spier is a magnet for families who get great value and lots of innovative extra’s during their Stellenbosch stay.
For more on kids special deals this winter visit http://stellenboschexperience.co.za/blog/entry/bring-the-kids-to-stellenbosch-this-winter.
To book your Stellenbosch winter package, call Sure Travel Stellenbosch on 021 887 2920 or visit stellenboschtravel.co.za
For more on how to enjoy and explore Stellenbosch, visit www.stellenboschexperience.co.za
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