Attractions and activities
If the idea of coming face to face with regal birds of prey fluffs up your feathers, then bring the kids along to the Eagle Encounters raptor rehabilitation centre at Spier wine farm. The non-profit wildlife conservation complex was founded back in 2001 by avian enthusiasts Hank and Tracy Chalmers to help injured birds recuperate, and because it is home to a wide range of fascinating creatures unlikely to be seen elsewhere, a visit to the Stellenbosch-based venue is an absolute treat for children and adults alike.
11am: Interactive Training Session 11:30am: Meet Sonic the Porcupine
2pm: Interactive Falconry Display 3pm: Secretary Bird Snake Hunt
3:15pm: Meet Sonic the Porcupine 4pm: Built for the Kill Falconry Display
All day: personal encounters with owls, the resident black eagle or Wahlberg’s eagle, snakes, bearded dragons and more.
The park, which was fully approved by Cape Nature, is currently home to 3 adult brown lions, 2 adult white lions, 1 white lion cub, 2 brown lion cubs, 2 caracal, 1 cheetah, 1 leopard and 2 Bengal tigers. These animals are purchased from approved breeding programmes, and Vredenheim is not allowed to breed them further – we do not wish to be a breeding programme, but rather a place of sanctuary for these beautiful creatures, where the public can enjoy them and learn more about them. Our enclosures are large and spacious, and offer each cat their own “creature comforts”, such as a play area and swimming pool for our tigers, long grass for our leopard and cheetah, and a big, comfortable rock for our male white lion to sun himself on during the day.
Open daily : 09:00 – 16:00 Daily Guided tours : 10:00, 11:15, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00
Designed to show beer lovers (and others) the intricacies of the beer brewing business, Stellenbosch’s very own craft brewing company has opened its doors to the public and offers one-of-a-kind brewery tours. The short guided tour (25 minutes) takes enthusiasts to different parts of Stellenbrau, shows them all sorts of equipment and provides them with an in-depth explanation of the beer-making process: what distinguishes a great beer from a good one, choice of hops, packaging types, difference in grain choice, and many other questions will be answered. The tour then ends off with a guided beer tasting session in Stellenbrau’s tasting room (that is also open to the public)! Groups are welcome, and booking is essential.
Tour Times: Monday – Friday: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Saturday 1pm and 3pm; Sunday on Special Request