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Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie
This all-in-one mini-village is a family-friendly haven set in an idyllic corner of the Cape Peninsula
The conveniently located Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is like a pastoral island amongst an ocean of the Cape’s treasures; there are the quaint, idyllic villages of Noordhoek and Hout Bay to the west, scenic passes and warm-watered seaside towns to the east and a Natural World Heritage Site (Cape Point) to the south. But what makes the smallholding an eternally visit-worthy attraction for locals from suburbia and visitors from further afield is that it’s an all-in-one hub for families where they can stop for a quick hour or indulge for an entire day.
Situated on the site of a former dairy and livestock farm, Imhoff features a conglomerate of food stores, eateries, art galleries and craft, clothing and gift shops all housed in the original stables, slave quarters and milking sheds from its past life. On any given sunny day (the farm is open seven days a week) kids and their folks can be found browsing around, frolicking about on the grassy patches or taking in the views and enjoying snacks from the Blue Water Café.
In short, the family-centric mini-village has something for every member of the family – dogs are welcome too as long as they are on a leash – and every visit is sure to reveal one of the many reasons why Imhoff Farm is a bit of a local institution.
THINGS TO DO AT IMHOFF FARM
For a start, animal-loving tykes are in for a treat: there’s the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard where the ducks, goats and pigs are so friendly they eagerly approach anyone who stops by (they’re probably also hoping for snacks), and where little ones can get a cup of feed to give to the chickens, bunny rabbits and guinea pigs. The cute rodents are also fond of being picked up and gently loved by the girls and boys.
Next, for the non-squeamish, there’s the snake park that features patterned adders and anacondas, chameleons, tiny tortoises and young crocodiles and alligators. The reptile centre also has snake shows on occasion and, for the extra daring, the handlers will take out a corn snake or big boa to hold.
Those looking for less scaly interactions can saddle up for a camel ride. The playful creatures are kept busy, especially on Saturdays and Sundays, with tykes as young as three years old keen to have a go on the humped back animals. Otherwise, there’s also horse riding along Noordhoek beach that boasts excellent views of the surrounding mountains and regular sightings of local bird life, dolphins, whales and seals.
Animals aside, energetic older kids can take each other on for a friendly bout of paintballing or laser tag while peacemakers can get face painting and henna tattoos done at Precious Cargo.
THINGS TO EAT AT IMHOFF FARM
The Blue Water Café is reason enough to make a stop at Imhoff Farm, not only because the word on the vlei is that this is where you can find the best pizza around, but also because the breakfasts, lunches and dinners are made with super fresh ingredients from the farm. Plus, they have a kiddie’s menu with treats like pizza, mac ‘n’ cheese and fish strips and chips to satisfy the fussiest of little stomachs. The eatery is set up in the original old homestead and boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Hout Bay and the nearby marshland from the back lawn. The backyard also features a playground with an enchanting tree house and slide that will help the tots expend their seemingly boundless energy.
If you’re not in the mood for a sit-down meal but need something sweet to keep the grumpies at bay, the Free Range Farm Shop has delicious homemade treats – from baked goods to ice-cream – to snack on (you can also sit down for a more substantial lunch at the Free Range Coffee Shop next door). Not to mention, the sweet-toothed tykes will absolutely love Chocolat, a paradise housed in the former wheat silo that’s stocked with chocolates of all kinds as well as toffees, jellies and biscuits.
THINGS TO BUY AT IMHOFF FARM
Moms and dads can score some awesomely cute clothes and accessories for their offspring at several of the quaint little shops on the farm. Peekaboo has new and second-hand gear for babies, toddlers and kids up to eight years old as well as adorable costumes, little people furniture, dolls and ballet outfits. Not to mention, there is a vintage clothing co-op, Rummage, where trendy teens (on their way to becoming hip hipsters) can score one-of-a-kind pieces.
Precious Cargo is another one for the older kids. Here they can find funky gear, like handmade quirky gifts, chandeliers made from recycled glass, musical instruments, hula hoops, tie-dye clothing and more.
And lastly, everyone will enjoy a browse through the second-hand book shop and curio shops (there are various art and craft stores on site), and even if they don’t end up taking anything home, they’ll at least enjoy a feast for the eyes.
Here’s a short summary of everything on offer at the farm:
Tip: Imhoff Farm is a great venue for a kids party, and with plenty of space, food and fun activities on hand, parents don’t have to worry about a thing. Contact the Blue Water Café for more information. Also, the farm has great adults-only things to do for moms and dads looking for a bit of a break.
The bill: Entry to the farm is free; however, various activities have fees attached.
Opening Hours: Imhoff Farm is open seven days a week. Visit Imhofffarm.co.za to find out opening hours for individual business.
Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie |+27 (0) 21 783 4545
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