Stanford has long been many a Capetonian’s best-kept secret as a village retreat in the heart of the Overberg. A short 90-minute drive from Cape Town will bring travellers to this idyllic riverside town where the streets are lined with well-preserved and renovated Cape Victorian and Edwardian-style houses nestled along the banks of the Kleinrivier near the base of the Kleinrivier Mountains.
Stanford is less than half an hour away from the whale-watching mecca of Walker Bay and is the only town on the Whale Route located inland. Hermanus and Stanford are on the shores of the bay. The latter offers some of the best shark-cage diving on the continent while Hermanus is home to some of the best land-based whale-watching opportunities in the world. The nearby Fernkloof and Salmonsdam Nature Reserve are also well-worth a visit.
The town itself is brimming with endless entertainment possibilities: river cruises and kayaking on the Kleinrivier, bird-watching, horse-riding, mountain-biking, and cycling in the surrounding areas, and wine-and-beer tasting at neighbouring wine farms. Stanford is centred on an old village square allowing visitors to poke their heads inside galleries and craft and antique shops, while markets selling local produce are a frequent affair.
- Accommodation options in Stanford are vast, ranging from camping and self-catering to B&Bs and hotels
- An array of unique restaurants in Stanford present decadent country-meets-gourmet-style meals
- Stanford boasts Klein River Cheese – a perfect place to sample home-made cheese, have a picnic, and relax while your kids enjoy the play park
- Panthera Africa located in the town provides a sanctuary for tigers, lions, leopards, and jaguar and allows visitors to observe this members of the cat family