Kleinwatervalplaas is just less than 26 hectares in size of which roughly 20 hectares is natural fynbos.
Activities on the farm
A Map is included in this information brochure unless the last guests took it out. Please stay on the pathways – the fynbos is to enjoy, not to destroy. The distances are not huge but the steep bits are long, wear a good pair of shoes and take drinking water with you. Be aware, you are in the bush and that’s were snakes and other critters live. We do not often see snakes and they generally try to get away from you except for puffadders so just be alert.
The Kabota is that red tractor thingy that rides around on the farm, it’s a bit like a golf cart on steroids. If you were put off the walks by hearing about the steep bits being long, then we can take you to all the places the others walk to without breaking a sweat. The route might vary depending on the driver but it will include the waterfall that gives the farm its name and of course of you get to see the stunning views. Trips are for 4 persons max, 1 seated and 3 on the back hanging on for dear life, did I mention about all activities are at your own risk? It’s great fun, some adrenaline moments and lots of photo opportunities. Ask Rob or Mike, a small charge will be added to your account, it is also very acceptable and considered most courteous to give the driver a beer.
Swimming is permitted in the dam at the “beach” end. There is a picnic area for your enjoyment. NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE DAM WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION! We have a pair of Blue Cranes that come to the dam every year around spring to nest on the bank below the steep wall. If they are in residence please do not go near their nest or disturb them, we want them to raise their chicks in peace and come back next year.
Hand lead pony rides are available for children, safety helmets and instruction provided. Please see the horsey one, Nelise, for bookings.
Picnic tables are at various view sites around the farm. Take your picnic box and enjoy the peace and quiet and the stunning views while sipping on a glass of cold Chardonnay and tucking into chef Reine’s delicious treats. If you forgot to order before you arrived ask Reine if she can make a plan, you never know…
Activities off the farm
If all of the farm activities are not enough for you and you feel that your wanderlust is not satisfied one could lie down quietly until the feeling goes away or you could go and explore Tesselaarsdal area. It’s not New York but there are things to see and do.
Mountain Bike Trails
There are 2 or 3 mapped mountain bike trails close by. Route maps and information is available at the Poskantoor Restaurant in the village.
There are 2 wine routes close by; the Hemmel and Aarde and the Stanford wine routes. Both routes boast a number of vineyards which offer a wide variety of red and white wines and some of them even have that pink in-between stuff which it seems are now back in fashion.
Southern Right Whales visit Walker Bay every year arriving around July and all gone home by Xmas. There are various viewing sights along the coast between Hermanus and Gansbaai. Whale watching cruises also leave from Hermanus Harbour during whale season.
There is a Casino in Caledon for those who enjoy a flutter. Good luck on the tables, don’t lose your shirt, especially if you haven’t settled our bill before you go.
There are 2 cheese factories on the R326 on the way to Stanford. The Stone House Cheese factory is the first one you will come to is on the right just after leaving the gravel road and joining the R326. Kleinrivier Cheese is just also on the right just before Stanford.