The next stop on our family friendly day trip to Paarl was a far more fluffy affair… We’d heard about a spot where you could see Alpacas near Cape Town so off we headed to visit The Alpaca Loom, located just past Fairview and Spice Route wine farms near Paarl.
With beautiful views over the cape towards Table Mountain, Alpaca Loom is home to over 300 Alpaca’s and we were lucky enough to get up close and personal with the herd on a visit to the barn where we got to pet a few friendly faces and learn more about these amazing animals!
Alpacas originate from South America, mainly Peru, Chile and Bolivia, but also Argentina. Alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicunas form the group of South American camelids, also called the New World camelids. They are related to the Bactrian and Dromedary camels in Asia and Africa.They were imported to South Africa in 2000.
After our tour of the alpaca barn we headed back to the tea room and kids play area where my kids were able to feed the friendliest alpacas from a bucket and spend a bit of time enjoying the play area.
I headed inside to spend a bit of time in The Alpaca Loom where a weaver was at work and there was a display of the woven scarves, shawls, blankets and rugs all woven using the natural fibre and colour of the alpaca fleece that is shorn once a year.
We had a great time at this family-friendly spot… and all loved getting to know the alpacas (and the difference between an alpaca and a llama!) Fun for the whole family!
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Daily from 10:00 to 18:00
Barn Tours: Friday to Sunday @ 15:00 or by appointment
Entrance to The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio as well as the petting zoo with the jungle gym is free.
Alpaca Barn Tours cost R50 for adults, R25 for children and pensioners. Children under 3 are free.