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South Africa with the family

Western Cape

Parents can explore the romantic vineyards and picturesque landscapes of South Africa’s Western Cape without leaving the kids behind. This tranquil pocket offers family friendly wineries and fun things to see and do, all a short trip from Cape Town.

Family-friendly wineries
One winery welcoming kids is Nuy Cellars, renowned for it’s Shiraz. Its new restaurant is perched on hill overlooking a valley of mature vines and the majestic backdrop of the Hex River Valley Mountains. Inside the light filled modern cellar, large groups of families occupied tables for lunch, taking full of advantage of the views from a wall of windows.

Sweet treats
Outside and within Clear View Kids organised games of tag. The kids didn’t need much persuasion to be called in with the choice of a delicious assortment of colourful cakes displayed in pretty glass domed stands. The multi-layered rainbow cake and delectable frosted red velvet cake were clear favourites.

Kids pack at a winery

Take a cruise on the Breed River
The sprawling Viljoensdrift Winery in Robertson is another family friendly winery. Its elegant wine-tasting area opens out to a courtyard overlooking manicured lawns and a small playground. The setup allows kids to play whilst parents sample their award winning Chardonnay. There are riverboat cruises that leave from the private jetty, where families can admire the second highest mountain range, watch birds preen along the banks or the occasional fish jump from the Breed River.

A gentle river cruise works up an appetite and families are welcomed to picnic on the grounds. The store offers inexpensive picnic supplies and a great selection of food including delicious salads, home made relishes, cured meat, local cheeses and fresh baked baguettes. Just for kids there are packed lunch sets with surprise gifts inside.

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Visit a Donkey Sanctuary
Break up the wine tours with a visit to Eseltjierus Donkey Sanctuary, home to rehabilitated, abused and neglected donkeys. At certain times of the day visitors can enter the paddock where a tight knit herd of 22 donkey’s, unaccustomed to the kindness of humans, come up for a pat and a feed, though some were rather shy given their history.

Be sure to check out the store, where a lovely knitted donkey resembling Winnie-the-Poo’s Eeeyore was scored for a bargain $6 AUD. Made in honour of the sanctuary’s rare longhaired donkey by the name of Eeeyore, like the character in the storybook, he stands alone in the paddock as if saying “woe is me”.

 Donkey Sanctuary

The majestic town of Montagu
Through a spectacular ravine of horizontal sediment and rock layers, a result of a violent collision of crust plates 260 million years ago, we find the charming town of Montagu with its clear country air where we strolled through the town of preserved Cape Dutch architecture and national monuments.

Montagu's weather conditions are perfect for growing stone fruit. Protea farm is one of the largest orchard fruit farms in South Africa and families can visit for the hiking trails, take a swim in the lake or take the famous tractor ride to the top of Langeberg Mountain for Koo Valley views.

Families can extend their stay at the Montagu Hotel a 1920's colonial hotel in the heart of town and restored with original Art Deco furnishings throughout. The historical hotel has oversized family rooms, high ceilings and spacious bathrooms, but kids will love the inviting garden pool and the chance to meet resident spaniel Bella and two graceful Main Coon cats named Coco and Gabrielle after the 20th century fashion icon Coco Chanel.
Montagu re-joins the famous Cape Route 62 and families can continue their journey through world famous countryside or make the return journey to Cape Town, with a dip in warm mineral springs along the way.

Together we roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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