A few weekends back we spent some time at Lagoon View House, a self-catering spot near Hermanus and Stanford. Over the course of the weekend (between all the relaxing we were doing) we managed to leave the comfort and serenity of the deck and headed out on a few outings in the surrounding area. One such outing was in the direction of Stanford where we were introduced to the newest arrival on the Stanford scene… The Lady Stanford
The Lady Stanford is a pleasure boat that cruises down the Klein River from
Stanford Village towards the Hermanus Lagoon and back and we were thrilled to hop aboard! Little did we know just how much this boat cruise would impact us…
Meandering its way through Stanford until it meets up with the Hermanus Lagoon, the Klein River originates in its namesake, the Klein River Mountains. Although the river comprises of 80km, it only stretches across 5km as the crow flies from origin to where it meets the Lagoon making it the shortest river in the world from source to mouth!
Setting off with Peter, our captain, at the helm we cruised at a leisurely pace down the river in the no wake zone, keeping our eyes peeled to the trees for signs of the aquatic bird life that this region is so well known for. Peter is the head of the birding society in Stanford so was well placed to share his vast knowledge on the birds of the area that we came across. There are more than 250 bird species in the wider Stanford area, of which 120 bird species can be spotted around the river including Herons, Darter, Hawks, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, Egyptian Goose, Winged Stilt, Black Stork, African Fish Eagle and many more.
Sailing down the river past the scenic countryside of pastures, grazing cows, paddocks of horses and the occasional bontebok, we instantly relaxed into this slower pace of life that is the reason so many escape the city on weekends away.
While we watched the world go by, we enjoyed a light picnic lunch and sipped on a bottle of bubbles I had happened to bring along. We enjoyed time on the upper deck taking in the view of the surrounding blue mountains. And spent time down below chatting to our fellow passengers and the captain about life in Stanford.
When we moored for a while before turning back the kids cast their fishing lines into the water, and then when the bites were slow, jumped into the water themselves. But the true highlight was when a flock of flamingoes took flight over our heads! Incredible!
The Lady Stanford is a modern eco-friendly river boat with a quiet, four-stroke engine that doesn’t ruin the serenity of the experience. The boat comfortably accommodates up to 26 passengers and is equipped with various birding books and checklists, binoculars, blankets and a lavatory. The 2 and half hour trip run five times a day.
- Early morning trip (time stipulated by special arrangement)
- Late morning trip (10:30-12:30)
- Early afternoon trip (13:00-15:00)
- Late afternoon Trip (16:00-18:00)
- Sunset cruise (18:00)
- R295 per person
- Children under 12 pay half-fare
- Light snacks and refreshments
- The use of binoculars, bird identification books and blankets
What to bring:
- Swimming gear and towel
You can also hire the Lady Stanford river boat exclusively for your special event or corporate function at a rate of R3,000 for the entire boat.
Tel: 028 341 0358
Cell: 082 766 8319/ 082 902 1945
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