Recreation and Sports

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs The Grand Daddy's predecessor, also with themed rooms by various artists. The emergency room (complete with nurse outfit) is for living out doctor / nurse fantasies while artist Kim Stern's creation is any amateur karaoke shower singers dream.

Field Office

The Field Office is an initiative by two young local designers, Luke Pedersen and James Lennard to showcase design and art by creative South Africans. When the space opened in September 2010, the pair, who studied industrial design together but only teamed up again in 2009, had already made a name for themselves with awe some furniture and design products. Now they hope...

Fields of Play Museum at the District Six Homecoming Centre

As much an exposition of South African football history as it is of the consequences of the forced removals of the 1950s Group Areas Act, this cleverly curated museum relies on newspaper clippings, oral history, photographs, video and sound clips to paint a vivid picture of the lives of black and coloured soccer players during the apartheid era. The upper half of the...

Hennie Cloete Plant Sanctuary

The Klein Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot, home to over 3200 plant species, and this memorial garden, laid out in 1992, preserves three hectares of natural veld with wonderful views across Calitzdorp. Guided walks explore the indigenous plant life and the pre-history of the area. Appointments essential. Hours: Strictly by appointment only. Admission: R10 donation. No-...

Oudtshoorn Ballooning

Oudtshoorn Ballooning If your credit card can handle it, there are few better ways to admire the Klein Karoo than from the air at sunrise. Spectacular mountain views come standard. Flights with Charl Erasmus launch (weather dependent) at 5.15am in summer, and 7am in winter. It means an early start, but the vistas and brag-factor are worth it. Rates: R2 200. All major Credit Cards: are...

Cloudbase Paragliding

Cloudbase Paragliding Cloudbase, with its office in Wilderness, has half a dozen launch spots dotted around the area – but our pick (for its combination of great view, decent thrill and ease-of-use) is the one at Sedgefield. You (or, if you take the tandem option, you and an instructor) jump off a ledge overlooking a pine forest, and then catch some thermals before landing safely in the field...

Power Van

Want an alternative to the Choo Tjoe? Then try this one: it’s a small electrical train-cart which leads up into the Outeniqua Mountains, travelling for two-and-a-half hours over four passes and through six tunnels on its way. The trip is flexible, so you can stop and picnic at the top or along the way, or grab a meal at the museum restaurant. Hours: Mon-Sat by appointment...

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe To answer the eternal questions: yes, the train is still running; and no, it doesn’t run between George and Knysna anymore – the route has changed to George-Mossel Bay. And the experience is as charming as ever, with South Africa’s last scheduled steam train running 52km right along the coastline, crossing two rivers and taking in some gorgeous scenery. Hours: Depart...

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Golf Estate

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Golf Estate Fancourt boasts three championship courses (Outeniqua and Montagu, which both feature 18-hole parkland layouts, plus the magnificent The Links), plus a public course, Bramble Hill. The courses were designed by nine-time majors winner Gary Player, with special attention paid to the natural surroundings and the winds. And while golf is the main thing here, it’s not the only...

Swellendam Stargazing

Nothing puts your troubles in perspective quite as fast as looking up at the night sky and realising that our planet is but a mere speck in an infinite universe. Get more intimately acquainted with the distant balls of fiery gas during an informative 45-minute talk, then take a peek at the heavens through one of the telescopes. Open By appointment only. Rates: R80-R150....

Sulina Faerie Sanctuary

Here be dragons ... and unicorns, wizards, dwarfs and fairies, all living side by side in an over grown forest. Okay, so it’s really a garden, and the magical ensemble cast a mere motley crew of ceramic statuettes, but your kids don’t need to know that, right? Hours: 9am-4.30pm Wed-Sun; daily in school holidays. Admission: R10 adults; R5 under 13s, by donation. No-...

Marloth Nature Reserve

Thanks to Dr Rudolph Marloth, who petitioned Swellendam’s Minister of Lands and Forestry to declare part of the Langeberg a reserve in 1928, this 14,000-hectare patch is still relatively undefiled by man and home to all manner of wild critters like klipspringers, baboons, dassies and fish eagles. There are trails for all fitness levels, from short forest walks past...

The Labyrinth

Achieve inner peace and other universal enlightenments by making your way through the eleven circuits of this single-path labyrinth, which mirrors the original design found on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. Further spiritual illumination can be found at the adjacent South African Peace Pagoda, a 7-metre tall golden spire donated by Burmese monk Sayadaw U...

Boat cruises on the Klein River

River cruises are a great way to get up close and personal with Stanford’s natural surrounds taking you from the wide upper reaches of the river down to the narrow waterways closer to the estuary. The African Queen: R100 per person/minimum 20 people) has space for 40 people and is the biggest riverboat offering cruises, and you can braai as the world drifts by (fires,...

Napier Wagon Trails

Napier Wagon Trails For an authentic ‘roughing-it’ in the wilds experience, this horse-drawn wagon adventure can’t be beaten. Choose from 2-, 3- or 4-day packages that include travelling on dirt roads, through remote Overberg villages and in unspoilt terrain. Food is cooked on the open fire and the wagons are designed to cater for two adults and two children. Rates: from R3 750 per family...