Luxurious Cruise on the Klein River

Lady Stanford River Cruises

Soak up the peaceful, countryside days, while quietly cruising down the Klein River from Stanford to the Hermanus Estuary. Spot a flamboyant flock of flamingos or swallows riding the airwaves next to the boat. 

A Unique River Birding Spot

Set out on the Lady Stanford, an exclusive luxury boat cruise down the Klein River from 
Stanford Village towards the Hermanus Estuary and back. Indulge in the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges, while our experienced guides point out a wide variety of birdlife, especially the feathered variety! 

The Lady Stanford is an experience for any nature lover who wants to be completely immersed in a pristine environment. It can comfortably accommodate up to 26 passengers and is fully equipped with relevant birding books and checklists, binoculars, blankets and even an eco-friendly toilet.

  • Interactive, experienced Guides
  • Fully equipped facilities
  • Phenomenal panoramic views
  • Boat cruises are weather dependant
  • Spot over a 100 bird species 
Bird Watching

Bird-lovers will relish the chance to view more than 120 species of birds. The Klein River Lagoon is home to an array of birds, including the Blue Crane (National Bird), Flamingo, African Fish Eagle, Red Knobbed Coot, Yellow Billed Duck and a variety of Cormorants and Geese.


Enjoy the natural beauty of the Overberg as the sun sets behind the breathtaking mountain ranges. Treat your senses to a luxurious and magical experience on the Klein River with glass of bubbly. Accompanied by an expert guide to share the secrets of golden hour and the flourishing birdlife.

Exclusive Charter

Create everlasting memories on a sublime cruise fit for the whole crew. Lady Stanford comfortably seats 26 guests which makes it perfect for special occasions, social events and family gatherings.

From Our Expert Guides

Byron Laubscher
"A magical tranquil trip through a true Birder’s Paradise."


The Lady Stanford River Cruise is the perfect combination of leisure and luxury. We went as a group and were spoiled from the minute we stepped onto the vessel with a friendly and informative guide, delicious snacks and the most spectacular sunset and river view.

Georgia Christian - South Africa

We had an incredible sunset cruize on the Klein River. The views were divine

Alain De Jager - South Africa
Enjoy the warmth of our hospitality

Grootbos Foundation and global recognition

Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded some of the highest international accolades possible, making us one of only a handful of lodges to achieve this.

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Grootbos invites you to experience our country's most precious floral biome and marine wilderness like never before. Enjoy unique guided experiences while being treated to five-star luxury at our lodges and villas.

Our Secret Season special offers South African residents an exclusive discounted rate and additional benefits. 

What's new at Grootbos - New Garden Lodge and Florilegium

The last year has been a busy one at Grootbos. We rebuilt our beloved Garden Lodge entirely and re-opened it in April 2022. We also officially launched the Grootbos Florilegium - Africa's first contemporary florilegium - which is a collection of botanical illustrations created by local and international artists, depicting the charismatic plants found on our reserve and the surrounding regions.

Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.

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