Free Range Families

Free Range Families

Moms can have it all in Elgin, without the stresses of calling on the in-laws to babysit or having to worry about keeping the little ones entertained. Here you can enjoy a good dose of quality family time. En-route to your accommodation, be sure to stop at the Peregrine farmstall for some healthy snacks, a stack of Peregrine pies, sourdough breads, fresh apple juice and tons of droewors or biltong.  The kids can have a quick, carefree run-around or visit the Burning Book bus for some weekend reading before you head off to your chosen weekend accommodation.

Here are three places we recommend you stay with kids and a list of activities to enjoy:


Apple Mountain Guest Farm and Moortop Cottagesare ideal for families looking for a tranquil spot to relax with the kids. Apple Mountain can accommodate 19 guests per night and serve a full breakfast. Situated on the farm Vinceremo, this working farm offers an authentic getaway with plenty of room for children to explore. Moortop have three self-catering cottages, each with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Just perfect for Mom,  Dad and two children. Poised among the fruit orchards, it is the perfect location for some free range roaming.  Play board games whilst Dad braais and return home invigorated by clean fresh air and quality time spent with your family.


All children from ages 2 to 21 will simply love a weekend away at Old Mac Daddy.You will certainly score “brownie points” with your family by booking into this unique American air-stream trailer park themed accommodation. The fun can start right at home by perusing their website together with you children and a themed trailer of your choice. This part caravan park, part designer farm lodge, is THE PLACE to unwind. The Barn Restaurant will let Mom off the hook in terms of catering, giving her time to enjoy a pedicure at the Zen Den. Old Mac Daddy’s knows exactly how to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy stand up paddling or kayaking on the crystal clear dam, along with white sandy beach, try your hand at archery, rent a bike or even an e-bike if your fitness could do with some assistance, relax around the swimming pool and play cards with your children.  There is so much to do that a weekend simply won’t be long enough. Trust us, you will be back for more.


Sporty families will love Trail’s End Bike Hotel.The ambience is friendly and casual.  The popular Park Run sets off from Trail’s End on Saturday mornings and takes you through spectacular countryside.  There are multiple scenic mountain bike trails to accommodate different fitness levels .  Let the well-informed staff help you plan your route. Other facilities include a 20-meter two-lane lap pool, a yoga and pilates studio, gym and cyclists pump track complete with drop-offs, switchbacks, and bridges. The kids will love the mini pump track, climbing wall, and small bikes with training wheels.

With a passion for healthy living, the restaurant offers delicious and wholesome meals. And if you need to unwind but still want to have fun, they have table tennis, puzzles, and board games.  Trail’s End Bike Hotel offers versatile accommodation options to suit your family’s size. There are also cot facilities for children under the age of two.


  1. Cape Canopy Ziplining.
  2. Horse riding at Long Shadows Farm.
  3. Visit the Elgin Railroad Market and watch the steam train pull in, special play area for children complete with a climbing wall for those who like a challenge.
  4. Explore and learn in South Hill’s Vineyard Maze.
  5. Hike in our beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere.
  6. Largemouth bass fishing at Paul Wallace Wines. Let Dad and the kids fish, whilst Mom enjoys a chocolate and wine pairing.
  7. Mountain bike from Trail’s End, Paul Cluver and Oak Valley Wine Estates.