Never heard of Stanford?

No, not that big campus in California - we're talking about the seemingly sleepy little village not too far from the southern-most tip of Africa!

Nestled in the Klein River valley, 20 kilometres beyond Hermanus, Stanford is the only inland town included in the Cape Whale Coast route, and was established around 1858. It is now apparently the 'third best preserved' village in the Western Cape.

We say "seemingly" sleepy as underneath Stanford's quiet Victorian façade is a hive of activity, if you know where to look.

Restaurants, bars, delis...

Mountain biking, horse trails, quad biking, hiking...

Live music, markets, fresh local produce...

For more information about the village visit the StanfordInfo website, which lists activities, accommodation, sightseeing info and more. Alternatively, visit Xplorio Stanford, a comprehensive online portal for Stanford. You can find useful information, contact businesses directly as well as access a load of inspirational content shared by the community.

And when you're done with that, come down to Platanna for a cruise!

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On the Klein River, looking upstream to the village of Stanford.


Stanford from the R43, the road from Hermanus, and most likely your first view of the village.


The perfect picnic spot under the willow on King Street, Platanna's mooring.

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