Along with providing us with stunning views and many fun ways to spend our days, the Klein River is also home to a variety of endemic bird species.
If you’re heading to Stanford and surrounds for a getaway make sure you try out the latest addition to the wide array of activities in the area - an eco-friendly river cruise! The new Lady Stanford River Boat Cruise is sure to delight both young and old and is a great way to take in the breathtakingly beautiful area when visiting.
Located in the quaint historic village of Stanford, a mere hour-and-a-half from Cape Town, this river cruise offers guests a laid-back getaway with stunning mountain views and optimal relaxation. The Lady Stanford is a totally modern, eco-friendly river boat managed by a qualified interactive guide to ensure you get the most out of your river experience. And, if the views aren’t enough to entertain and delight, you’ll also be thrilled to hear that the boat is equipped with birding books, checklists, binoculars, blankets and a toilet for your comfort and entertainment.
The leisurely cruise is a collaboration between De Hoop Nature Reserve and Groobos Private Nature Reserve that encourages guests to hop onboard the Lady Stanford on their way to and from the two nature reserves. On the cruise, you’ll witness a bunch of abundant birdlife including more than 250 different species like Fish Eagles, Flamingos and the Blue Crane. You’re also likely to see a few otters, terrapin, Bontebok and horses on the fertile river banks.
The Lady Stanford is ideal for family or friends - it comfortably accommodates up to 26 passengers which makes it perfect for special occasions, social events and family gatherings. It runs daily trips for individual passengers and is also available for exclusive charters.
There are five scheduled cruises per day, depending on the season. Cruises can be booked on either a per person rate or exclusively. The per person rate of R295 includes light snacks and refreshments; the exclusive use of the entire boat (no snacks or refreshments provided) - R 3000 (maximum 26 people); the optional picnic bag, which serves two, must be ordered two days in advance - includes a delicious selection of breads, cheeses, salads, charcuterie, pate, dessert and water - R 395.
Book your leisure cruise and experience all that the Klein River and its surroundings have to offer in a veritable Garden of Eden of fauna and flora.