The Tree House + Kiddies’ Outdoor Experience at Boschendal

The Tree House + Kiddies’ Outdoor Experience at Boschendal

A multifaceted adventure zone, offering an awesome array of activities for all ages and tastes.

In the age of technology, where screen time is the major barrier preventing children from playing outside (and developing their creativity and imaginations), immersive experiences that get them into (and excited about) the outdoors is worth gold!

That was certainly top of mind when the team responsible for The Tree House at Boschendal conceptualised this captivating wonderland of fun and educational activities. Not only does it seamlessly combine learning with play, but the variety of firsthand farm experiences offered is all rooted in sustainability.

In addition to the variety of supervised activities (The Outdoor Experience), there is a free treehouse-themed playground as well as a pump track, both of which require parental supervision.

The Outdoor Experience

Boschendal Kids Outdoor Experience

Available to in-house guests and day visitors, the Outdoor Experiences are fully supervised and need to be pre-booked, as there are 10 spaces available per slot.

Parents can book their child(ren) in for the whole day, or for one of three two-hour activities, which include fruit foraging, learning the art of fire-making (then braaiing marshmallows afterwards) plus other exciting and educational games and tasks.

Not only does this programme offer grown-ups the opportunity to enjoy all the sensory pursuits on offer, but it’s also a wonderfully immersive setup where children (aged 5 to 14 years) learn firsthand about the working farm under the supervision of professional guides.

Cost R550, day visitors full-day programme
R175, in-house guests full-day programme
From R165, day visitors individual activities

The activities

Children can choose to enrol for the entire day (three two-hour activities) or may pick one or two. The daily schedule, subject to change, runs as follows:

Times Activity Cost
Monday; Wednesday; Friday; Sunday, 10am – 12pm Venture into the gardens to learn about permaculture, sustainability and where food comes from.
Plus, how to tend to your garden and harvest farm fresh eggs from the hens.
Free (in-house guests)
R165 (day visitors)
Monday; Wednesday; Friday; Sunday, 12pm – 2pm Outdoor cooking on the fire, using what was harvested.
African drumming session.
R175 (in-house guests)
R220 (day visitors)
Monday; Wednesday; Friday; Sunday, 2pm – 4pm Shelter building & survival, plant-based cures.
Choice between: Caring for horses or mountain-biking
Free (in-house guests)
R165 (day visitors)
Tuesday; Thursday; Saturday, 10am – 12pm Planting, harvesting, and seed saving.
Learn about worm farms, weeding, and watering.
Design a fairy garden or build a nest or make a wind chime.
Free (in-house guests)
R165 (day visitors)
Tuesday; Thursday; Saturday, 12pm – 2pm Using friction to make a fire; fire safety; making pizza on the fire.
Fruit preservation.
African drumming session.
R175 (in-house guests)
R220 (day visitors)
Tuesday; Thursday; Saturday, 2pm – 4pm Shelter building and survival; plant-based cures.
Choice between: Caring for horses or mountain-biking
Free (in-house guests)
R165 (day visitors)

Important notes

  • Parents need to book their children in at least 24 hours in advance.
  • The guides will be at The Tree House five minutes prior to the start of every slot to meet and brief the children.
  • Masks are compulsory and children should wear comfortable clothes they don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Children need to bring a backpack with their own water bottle, snacks and a change of clothes.
  • The outdoor guides will carry a first aid kit and hand sanitiser.
  • The programme is designed for kids’ (parents are not recommended to join).

Free play

Boschendal Tree House Kids Play Area

Day visitors to the farm can make use of the outdoor Tree House play area, which includes an oversized acorn-shaped hideout, slides, walkways, platforms, mushroom pods and pyramids and a pump track. The Tree House, however, is not supervised by minders, so parents need to keep an eye on their children while they are playing here.

The MTB pump track (within the same enclosure as The Tree House playground) is open to all visitors, and requires parental supervision. Bring your own bike or rent one from Boschendal’s MTB Trail Centre.

Cost Free (The Tree House play area)
Kids’ bike rental: R150 (half day); R300 (full day)

While you’re there

Of course, Boschendal’s other attractions include The Werf restaurant, a well-stocked deli, picturesque picnics, as well as a host of outdoor activities such as horse-riding, mountain-biking and vineyard walks – making it the perfect outing for the whole family.

Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10.15am – 4.15pm
Contact 021 870 4211, reservations1@boschendal.co.za
Address Boschendal Wine Estate, R310 Pniel Road, Franschhoek

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