The History of Imhoff Farm
Located on the Cape Point route Imhoff Farm is a charming old-world, original and tranquil venue offering outdoor adventures and interesting unique shops. It is popular with families and groups and a one-stop destination. The present owners (since 1912) the Van der Horst family are committed to maintaining a country farm atmosphere and providing an excellent one stop venue for visitors to the area.
The land on which Imoff Farm stands was originally granted in 1743 to widow Christina Diemer by Baron Gustaff von Imhoff, Commissioner Extraordinaire of the Dutch East India Company. The grant was known as Imhoff’s Gift and was on the condition that vegetables grown at the farm were to be supplied to the Company ships lying anchorage in Simonstown at a fixed price.
The original homestead and barns – including the stables, silo, smithy and slave quarters – now house the Blue Water Cafe and a variety of unique shops. There is a children’s play park, Milkwood Maze and Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm Yard and once Covid-19 regulations allow the reopening of facilities, the Farmyard Zoo will again offer guests an opportunity to interact with the chickens, geese, ducks, springbuck and other animals.
The Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard
Imhoff Farm is an exciting destination that offers a range of attractions. Situated on the route to Cape Point, this historic Werf (Dutch for farmyard) is home to old buildings housing unique shops and restaurants and a host of activities to suit visitors of all ages.
The Higgeldy Piggeldy Animal Farmyard is a favorite attraction with children of all ages, offering visitors the opportunity to feed and interact with friendly farm animals. The farmyard is home to a variety of animals, including goats, sheep, chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits. Guided group tours can also be arranged according to requirements.
The farmyard is complemented by the Blue Water Cafe, which serves delectable New Cape cuisine and pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. The Blue Water Cafe is child friendly, with a safe enclosed garden and jungle gym to keep the kids entertained.
The Equestrian Centre
A popular destination among visitors enjoying their stay in Kommetjie and locals looking for a great day out, Imhoff Farm has a number of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. From unique animal encounters to beach horse rides and even a donkey park, there is something for everyone at the historic farmstead.
The Equestrian Centre offers horse enthusiasts a wonderful experience on the Noordhoek beach, with spectacular views of the coastline and nearby mountains. The stables are open to novice and experienced riders and horse riding lessons are available for those who want to perfect their skills.
Other popular activities include the Higgledy Piggledy Farmyard, where kids can interact with the animals on offer – from pigs to camels! Guests can also enjoy the scenic hiking trail, which offers some stunning scenery and is ideal for families with children. The Blue Water Cafe is a favourite stop for foodies, with its delectable fare and picturesque backdrop. For a bit of retail therapy, there is The Farm Village Market where you can browse the various stalls for souvenirs and gifts.
The Blue Water Cafe
Visitors can enjoy exceptional views, tasty food, unique shops and activities for the whole family at this historical farmstead and charming village. It is an attraction that has something for everyone, making it a popular destination amongst locals and tourists alike.
The Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is a highly regarded seafood restaurant that offers delicious meals at affordable prices. The restaurant is housed in a historic brick and large-wooden beamed building that is brimming with charm and authenticity. The restaurant is built from bricks that were once used as ballast on ships arriving in Vancouver and the massive old-growth beams are over a century old.
The cosy cafe has a lovely outdoor seating area, where visitors can enjoy breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as a range of hot and cold beverages. Other attractions at the farm include a snake park, the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard (R20 per adult), beach horse rides and an organic emporium where visitors can stock up on healthy snacks and groceries.
Imhoff Farm is a unique and charming farm destination in Kommetjie, with a range of attractions for visitors of all ages. With its scenic hiking trail, delicious restaurants and shops, beautiful animal farm, and more, it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the best that Noordhoek has to offer.
Some of the top attractions at Imhoff Farm include a beach horse ride, springbok jeep safari, and alpaca and rabbit experiences. Guests can also try their hand at horse riding lessons, or visit the farm’s snake park, which is home to a number of different non-venomous snakes.
Other attractions at the farm include the Blue Water Cafe, which serves delectable food and drinks with a view of the picturesque surrounds. The family friendly restaurant features a safe enclosed garden, jungle gym and neighbouring animal farm to keep the little ones entertained. It is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine, or treat the family to a tasty pizza baked in a wood fired oven. Besides the eatery, there are several other shops to browse through, including the Free Range Farm Shop.