Whales to the Left of me, Great Whites to the Right
Nestled along the Cape Whale Coast lies the village of Stanford, a historical gem perfectly positioned to appeal to adrenalin junkies, foodies and Sunday strollers alike.
Stanford itself boasts an interesting mix of restaurants and coffee shops, and for the wine-inclined, a number of vineyards are scattered on the town’s outskirts, including Springfontein Winery and its newly opened Springfontein Eats with its very own Michelin Star Chef. Madre’s Kitchen, just off the R43, serves a carrot cake slice nearly the size of your head, and Stanford Hills’ Tasting Room has a sweet pixie-like chef who will have you licking your bowl after her spicy prawn Thai curry, or opt for one of their tappas boards. The Saturday Morning Market, held in the main road (that’s Queen Victoria Street on your Google Maps), is a treat, and a great stroll is you’ve booked accommodation in the village. From there, walk to one of the nearby hot spots for a cappuccino and a chat with the locals (they’re a friendly bunch, and don’t bite), or pop into the stores for a pre-Christmas shop. If you’re self-catering, there’s a Spar in the main road, as well as some café’s in the town for bread, milk and the basics.
TIP #1: Book ahead for Friday and Saturday Night Reservations
TIP #2: SPAR Tops stocks a selection of Stanford Wines for prezzies and mementos
TIP #3: Ask about Credit Card facilities – some establishments are Cash Only.
Gansbaai, just 20km from Stanford, has developed a reputation as one of the must-visit Great White Shark cage diving spots in the world, and boasts 8 operators in the seaside fishing town.
DID YOU KNOW? Not only can you see these majestic sea creatures below the water line, but above too – that’s right – Great White Sharks, breaching.
What was that about Whales?
Hermanus, Gansbaai and De Kelders all play host to the Southern Right Whale from June to November and you can choose to watch them from the cliff paths of Hermanus and De Kelders, or with one of the boat tour operators.
TIP: De Hoop Nature Reserve, less than two hours from Stanford, is a terrestrial and marine habitat that has some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. Go for a day trip (there is a restaurant onsite, or stay over at De Hoop Collection).
For more about what to see and do in Stanford, visit www.stanfordinfo.co.za
Contributor : Simone Heibner