Things to do

“Above all, we’d like visitors to ground themselves again. To enjoy the mountains all around as much as we do, pick their own healthy fruit and veg, play pétanque, swim in the farm dam, enjoy an hour in the spa, eat a simple fresh dish at one of the restaurants, walk up the conical Babylonstoren hill, await sunset with a glass of wine in hand, and then slip in between sheets of crisp linen and drift away ... more or less.”

Karen Roos

Animals

You may come across our resident tortoises, our donkeys, the chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and squirrels that all roam happily, or maybe even a wild steenbok. Keep your eyes and ears open – you may be lucky enough to see or hear the fish eagle. We have spotted 78 bird species on Babylonstoren. Guests are welcome to use the bird book in the library for reference.

Activities for kids

The farm is a paradise for children! Our beloved donkeys live opposite the Farm Shop. We invite our young guests to help feed the donkeys, to collect eggs and to help harvest fruit and vegetables from our garden, especially for the breakfast table. Children are also welcome to help our bakers knead and bake delicious farm breads. And don’t forget to go on the scavenger hunt.

Garden tour

Our daily garden tour starts at the Farm Shop at 10h00. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat in summer, and wellies plus the umbrella provided in your room in winter.

Spa

Our two signature treatments are the hammam water ritual and the bamboo massage. In addition, we have a wonderful selection of classic treatments.

Exercise

The gym is for the exclusive use of adults. We have a great selection of equipment to keep you fit. Private yoga sessions are available on request.

Swim

Our outdoor pool is not just another infinity pool! Take a plunge or relax afloat the tractor tube.

Rowing at the dam

You can walk or cycle to the dam – the view from the dam is spectacular and you will be amazed by the abundant bird life.

Fishing

Guided seasonal fly and bass fishing on weekdays.

Bicycles

We have bicycles available for adults as well as children to explore the farm.

Walk or Run

Use the map in your room to explore the many walking or running trails on the farm.

Tea ceremony in the Healing Garden

This garden’s plants are intended to heal, soothe and balance the body through the time-honoured pleasure of tea. A tea ceremony takes place at 9h30 on Tuesdays. Delectable savoury and sweet confections are served to complement the infusions created by each guest. No children under the age of 10 years.

Wine & olive oil tasting

Join us on one of our daily guided cellar tours, which will take you through the whole winemaking process, past the vineyards, through the olive press, production cellar and maturation cellar, and includes a wine tasting. The tour starts at the Tasting Room (where our whole wine range is available for tasting).

Specialist tour

In addition to our daily garden tour, hotel guests can take part in a guided walk to discover our special collections in the garden. Depending on the time of year, gardeners may take guests to see the succulent collection, the cycads next to the stream or for a walk through the Healing Garden.

Mountain drive

Guests who stay two nights or longer, can join our guided drive. Come and immerse yourself in the late-afternoon tranquillity of the farm and hear more about Babylonstoren’s history, our vineyards and orchards, and the fynbos and trees.

Workshops

We hold regular workshops as we see it as an ideal opportunity to share what we’ve learned and also to learn from our community. Experts in their fields host these workshops in collaboration with our team. Starting with a walk through the garden, it is usually a full day affair with lunch included.