Stanford- AfriCamps at Stanford Hills
Eat & drink
Come indulge in delicious local food and wine at AfriCamps at Stanford Hills. This camp is set on a boutique wine farm in Stanford, an exciting slow food destination with chefs serving an array of fresh and locally produced food. We have 5 glamping tents situated on the foothill of the Klein River Mountain range overlooking a dam and the Stanford Valley. This foodie delight is only a fifteen-minute drive from Hermanus and can be reached from Cape Town in two hours.
Stanford Hills Estate is fast becoming one of the area’s most popular attractions. Aside from offering tastings and sales of their award-winning range of wines, there are a variety of other activities and attractions. The restaurant, The Tasting Room, is set above a dam with endless views over the Stanford Valley. The restaurant has a reputation for laid back fun, with the emphasis on fresh and inventive food of an exceptionally high standard. The chalkboard menu changes daily according to what is locally fresh and available, including items from their own vegetable garden. The farm also produces Proteas and Pincushions, which are endemic to South Africa, so from August through November the farm is filled with these colourful blooms. The farm offers horse-riding, hiking and even whale-watching by air in a small airplane which takes off from the farm’s private landing strip. You can also have a swim in a farm dam, try your hand at fishing, or simply lie in bed and listen to the birds.
The charming town of Stanford is overlooked by the Klein River Mountains. It is famous for its award winning eateries and has an eclectic mix of art galleries, breweries and wine farms, all with fantastic views of this valley area. Stanford is in close proximity to Hermanus, considered as one best whale watching destinations in the world and a treat for adventurous types as there are mountain bike trails, horse riding, shark cage diving and boat cruises, all within the area.
Peter and Jami Kastner are the owner managers who live on the farm with their two young boys, Jack and Alex (winemakers-in-training). Peter owned a restaurant and Jami a flower export company before 2005, when they sold up and invested with a couple of friends into what was then a portion of Weltevrede Farm, with four hectares of Pinotage for small production and one self-catering cottage for rental. Today the estate is known as Stanford Hills, with 6 wine labels exported to 11 countries, a 100 seater restaurant and accommodation for 57 people. The farm is also a popular venue for weddings and hosts a variety of fun events, including their winter craft beer festival and the Stanford Stumble in November.
Peter has no formal wine training, but has learnt on the job, with what he describes as a pretty steep learning curve! He does most work by hand in the small cellar set in one half of an aircraft hangar on the farm, and believes in minimum interference to allow the grapes to express their own unique characteristics. He believes that in the quality of the grapes, which are slow ripening due to the cool sea breezes in the area and carefully managed to give optimum yield. As he says “It’s possible to make a bad wine from good grapes, but there is no way you can make good wine if your grapes aren’t up to scratch.”
Jami manages the Tasting Room, the estate restaurant, where the kids often help out too. She is a published author of Sam and Me and the Hard Pear tree, published by Jacana, and has recently opened The Butterfly Centre in Stanford. This centre is a non-profit organization offering a variety of beneficial activities for children in the area with special needs.
Check in – from 2pm onwards on day of arrival
Prior arrangements need to be made, guests are kindly requested to inform the AfriCamps office of their estimated time of arrival. Please phone the camp reception 30 minutes prior to arrival. This way you are ensured that the check-in can be arranged without delays. Please find the telephone number in the bookings confirmation email
Check out – before 10am on day of departure
- Wifi at the restaurant
- Restaurant on the property
- Babysitting available (on request)
- Children’s play area with a putt-putt course (R50 refundable deposit for 2 clubs and 2 golf balls)
- Housekeeping services
- Credit Card Facilities
- Swimming in the dam in front of your tent
- Wine Tasting
- Horse Riding
- Bass Fishing in the top dam – remember your fishing gear!
- Hiking: There are 2 circular trails to explore. The 5km red trail passes the tents, so you can start and finish at the tent. There is also a 2km yellow trail
- Whale watching from the sky (landing strip at AfriCamps)
- Mountain biking – remember your mountain bike!
Breakfast – placed in the tent for guests to prepare themselves
‘Cook Your Own’ Breakfast Basket Ingredients:
- Freshly Baked Croissant
- Preserves and butter
- Homemade Muesli
- Fresh Seasonal Fruit
- Bulgarian Yogurt
- Erwins Homemade Cheese Griller Sausage
- White and Brown bread
R130 per adult
R90 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Dinner – Placed in Tent for guests to prepare themselves
Traditional South African Braai Pack Ingredients:
- 200g Beef Rump Steak
- Traditional Boerewors Sausage
- Chicken Kebab
- Locally produced beetroot and butternut Salad
- Traditional Greek Salad
- Homemade garlic and cheese Roll
R195 per adult
R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Stanford Hills has a very popular restaurant on the estate, known as The Tasting Room, which serves breakfast and lunch. Full range of chalkboard menu items available at on-site restaurant, menu also available as takeaways.
Personalized picnic baskets available, choose from Mezze menu or lunch time menu at The Tasting Room
The surrounding area has a wealth of acclaimed restaurants, including Grootbos, Springfontein and Marianas.
From Cape Town
Stanford Hills is a mere 120 minutes from Cape Town, and only 15 minutes from the popular seaside town of Hermanus. Take the N2 from Cape Town, follow signs to Hermanus. Drive straight through the town of Hermanus and keep following the R43 for a 15-minute drive and you will see Stanford Hills signposted on the left just before you enter Stanford.
From Swellendam (AfriCamps at Kam’Bati)
Head south-east towards N2. Turn onto the N2 and continue down towards Riviersonderend. Turn left onto the R326 and drive south for about 50.4 km. At the end of R326 at the intersection with the Caltex across the road, turn right onto the R43 towards Hermanus and continue for 1.3 km. You will see Stanford Hills signposted on the right Take this turnoff and drive for 1km up the dirt road to reach Stanford Hills Estate.
From Robertson (AfriCamps at Pat Busch)
Head down towards the R60 continue for 11.9 km until you reach the R317. Continue along the R317 for 21.4 km until you reach the N2 just past Stormsvlei Farmstall. Turn left onto the N2 and continue down towards Riviersonderend. Turn left onto the R326 and drive south for about 50.4 km. At the end of R326 at the intersection with the Caltex across the road, turn right onto the R43 and continue for 1.3 km. You will see Stanford Hills signposted on the right Take this turnoff and drive for 1km up the dirt road to reach Stanford Hills Estate
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -34.417418 | Longitude: 19.471096
Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our shared rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are just a price indication, use our online bookings calendar to check current rates and availability. Food & beverage and activities & tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.
Please note that we have a minimum of 2-night stay for weekends, public holidays and peak season.
Rates as from 18 March 2020
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
|Low season||1190||595||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|High season||1690||845||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|Peak season||2190||1095||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
18 March to 30 September 2020
1 October to 3 December 2020
10 January to 30 April 2021
4 December to 9 January 2021
Please look for the full terms and conditions on our website
Please look for the full terms and conditions on our website www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions
All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:
- Food & Beverage
- Activities & Tours
- Daily cleaning service (Complimentary cleaning every 4th day only)
- Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at farm)
We allow pets at this location. Please be mindful of your pets and their behavior around other guests. Please kindly clean up after your pets.
To secure your stay a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the booking amount must paid in full to AfriCamps, at the latest, one month before arrival. In the event of a booking made within one month before arrival the entire booking amount must be paid immediately.
In the case of a late or incomplete payment you are in default. AfriCamps will reserve to the right to cancel the booking within immediate effect. You are responsible for all damages which suffers or will suffer as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which AfriCamps has made with regard to your booking and the cancellation.
In the event of a cancellation more than a month before arrival, your deposit of 50% will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation within a month before arrival the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps. In the case of premature termination of the stay, the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps.
- > 1 month: 50% Cancellation fee (50% deposit is non-refundable)
- 1 month – arrival: 100% Cancellation fee (Full amount is due and non-refundable)
AfriCamps and the corresponding farm accept no liability for: theft, loss or damage, of whatever nature, during or as a result of a stay on one of our affiliated farms, falling into defect or putting out of action of technical equipment and loss or closure of supplies on the farm.
The guests and those who accompany him or her, are jointly and severally responsible for all loss and/or damage which arises, for AfriCamps, the farm in question and/or any third party as a direct or an indirect consequence of their stay, irrespective of whether this was caused through actions or refraining from actions by themselves or by third parties, who are at the farm through their making, as well as of all damage which is caused by any animal and/or matter which they have under their responsibility. If you leave your tent in an improper condition, AfriCamps is entitled to charge R250,- of additional (cleaning) costs. This can double to R500,- in combination with a late departure.