• If you’re looking for some inspiration for family-friendly day trips and foodie projects, this is the read for you.

    Farm delights

    Babylonstoren is an absolute feast for the senses. Spend the day wandering the award-winning gardens, splashing in shallow waterways, and munching on buffalo milk ice-cream sandwiches (yes, really!). The kids can also run free
    and eat sun-ripened
    fruits straight from the trees. You’ll also get to experience the quirky farmyard creatures, including donkeys, ducks, tortoises, chickens and talkative turkeys. After a day of exploring, cook up a storm at home with
    fresh local fruit, veg, preserves, and meat from the farm.

    Franschhoek, Western Cape

    Find out more at babylonstoren.com

    Bean there, done that

    Beaver Creek, the self-titled ‘Disneyland for coffee people’ is a must-visit. Enjoy a Crop to Cup farm tour and bottomless coffee-tasting experience, or get moving on the farm’s single-track mountain-bike trails through the coffee fields. For the younger members of the family, there is even a 400 m Chocochino bike track around the coffee shop where deli delights are served. All in all, this is a great day out. Breathe in fresh, coffee-scented air and support local farmers – it’s a double win!

    Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal

    Find out more at beavercreek.co.za

    Take a hike

    There’s something for everyone at the Hennops trails. From hiking and mountain biking to off-road 4 × 4 tracks, Hennops has it all. And there’s no need to worry about fitness – it’s all about fun! Start slowly by taking the Dassie trail, a picturesque 2 km hike that takes only about an hour to complete. This short, kid-friendly trail packs a punch with dassie caves, a suspension bridge, or even a quick cable car ride to cross over the river! The picnic spot is situated next to the Hennops river and boasts two pools and braai spots for day visitors, making it the perfect place to cool off and unwind after a day spent in the sun. Pack your braai essentials and dine al fresco.

    Pretoria, Gauteng

    Find out more at hennopstrails.co.za

    Homestay idea

    Not keen on making bookings or taking a drive? Spend lazy summer afternoons and bright mornings at home.

    Throw a picnic at your local park or in your garden. Prepare your family’s favourite snacks, lay the blanket out and press play on your favourite playlist.

    Make the most of the warm weather and plant a veggie garden. If you don’t have space, consider a pot or windowsill garden instead.

    Bake a sweet treat. Get the kids involved and opt for an easy bake project that delivers both fun and flavour. Tip: store-bought puff pastry works wonders!

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    Written by Ashton Kirsten, as published in Food&Home Summer 2022.

    Feature image: @thatcarefreemom