The village of Stanford is located in the Western Cape province, about 150 km from Cape Town. You will find it when you drive from Hermanus, known for the whales, towards Gansbaai. Stanford is a so-called ‘Heritage Village’ and you can clearly see this when you visit the center of the village around the historic market square. The village exudes tranquility and friendliness and is ideal for exploring on foot. Buy the ‘historical Stanford on foot’ information booklet with map at the Stanford info Office

Part of Stanford’s charm is due to the Klein River that flows past the village on the way to the Hermanus Lagoon where it flows into the ocean. Along the river is a beautiful path where you can take a leisurely walk enjoying the nature and the many birds in this area. You can also choose to take a boat cruise or canoe on the river. There are also hiking trails around Stanford, 4×4 trails and opportunities for mountain biking, fishing, quad biking and horse riding. For a little more adrenaline, head to Gansbaai for a swim among the sharks.

Enough places to have a bite to eat or a quiet cup of coffee such as Coffee Corner, Graze Café and Madre’s Kitchen on the Sir Robert Stanford Estate, 1892 Haunted House and Marinas. Every Saturday morning there is a market that is well visited by both tourists and locals and where, among other things, delicacies are sold. A market is held once a month on Friday evenings. Also visit Klein River Cheese to taste their excellent cheese. In the summer you can order a delicious picnic here and for children there is a playground where they can have fun.

From Stanford you can reach other places like Swellendam, Greyton, Montagu and the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, within an hour. The beautiful De Hoop Nature Reserve is also a short drive away and is certainly worth a visit for nature and bird lovers.
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