Nestled in between the popular Klein River and the majestic mountains of the Overberg, you’ll find the quaint hamlet of Stanford. Known for its tranquillity and natural beauty, it is no wonder why city-slickers flock to this countryside retreat for a well-deserved getaway.
Located on the banks of the winding Klein River from which it draws its energy and inspiration, Stanford is the friendly, “get-away-from-it-all” destination you have been looking for. Endless outdoor activities and spectacular views of land and ocean await you here in the heart of the Overberg.
But a short yet scenic drive away from the Mother City, you will soon find yourself in the wonderland of peace and beauty that is Stanford. Located short of two hours away from Cape Town, the scenic routes that lead to Stanford are sure to make you stop and stare so perhaps more time should be set aside for the drive here. Once your sights are set on the artsy hamlet, there is a number to different routes to choose from.
Making your way to the Overberg from Cape Town you have two options to choose from, one leading you along the coast, the other taking you inland. Choosing the coastal route starts you off at Gordon’s Bay and leads you through the many small coastal towns that dot the coastline all the way to Hermanus. Alternatively, you can continue on the N2 that takes you over Sir Lowry’s Pass and gives you a bird’s eye view of Gordon’s Bay, the Strand and Cape Point that lay beyond the beautiful bay of blue ocean water. Once over the peak of the pass the open road lies ahead with folded mountains and the rolling hills of apple orchards and vineyards at Elgin as your backdrop. On the other side of the lower Houwhoek Pass you have the option of continuing on to Hermanus or towards Caledon to enjoy the vast tapestry of farmlands that hug the road leading through Caledon. From Caledon continue on the R316 to where it meets the R326 and after turning onto the R326 continue straight until you reach your destination. Preferring the coastal route, you will view some of the most spectacular land- and seascapes that the Western Cape has to offer as well as get a quick look at the small towns of Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond along the way. As you reach Hermanus you will continue on the R43 leading you out of town, carving its way in between the mountains and the Klein River Lagoon. Halfway between Hermanus and Gansbaai you will find the pretty little village of Stanford.
When travelling towards Stanford from the Garden Route the options are perhaps less varied but definitely not less spectacular. The road through the Garden Route unfolds as the luscious green vegetation that lines the moss covered mountains and riverbanks and washes out onto the wide open views of farmlands with grazing cattle in the late afternoon sun. Travelling on the N2 is a breeze and takes you past the likes of Mossel Bay, Riversdale and onto Swellendam. Continuing on from Swellendam your next town is Riviersonderend, shortly after which you turn onto the R326. From here it is a straight drive lined with trees as it cuts through farms stretching out on either side until they reach the horizon. The R326 briefly meets the R319 that leads to Caledon and Bredasdorp respectively, in what is known as the Van Brakel Crossing. Continue on the R326 alongside the Klein River past farms and a local wine estate until you are met by the welcoming sight of Stanford.
The many scenic routes that lead to Stanford each holds their own unique highlights and showcases the spectacular beauty of the Overberg and this beautiful country that will soon feel just like home. So pack your bags and head to this tranquil little haven in the heart of the Overberg to rediscover yourself.
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