Hidden not-too-deep in the valley of Swellendam, is the continent of Sulina, or Faerie Sanctuary as it’s lovingly known, founded by Ian and Minky Sulin more than 25 years ago.
When I first heard of this magical place I just knew I had to take the kids there. More accurately, I knew Jada would be blown away and I’ll once again be mom of the year!
So we took to the road one Sunday morning early after breakfast and began our almost three-hour journey from Kraaifontein. Luckily we packed snacks and made sure the USB was loaded with our favourite jams which kept us all happily entertained all the way there. The breathtaking views as we passed one wine farm after another also contributed largely in making the drive so much more enjoyable.
I made a mental note to pack a picnic basket the next time we decide to visit and stop at one of the many dams along the way.
We arrived just after 11am to find a beautiful, sunshiny and serene Swellendam, and a car full of excited kids. Although the sanctuary where the fairy folk live is well hidden, there are signs all along the road directing you there, almost from the moment you arrive in Swellendam.
When we finally reach our destination, we are surprised to find so much more than what we hoped for, except for Jada who was expecting to be greeted by tiny flying, sparkly winged beings. Alas she was soon filled with all kinds of excitement as we made our way through the enchanted garden with its gnomes, angels, unicorns, sleeping dragons and of cause, fairies nestled behind, on top and in-between flowers and plants and red polka dot mushrooms. She was even more thrilled when the hosts showed us an image of a picture taken right there in the garden, of a real-life fairy. The image was even blown up double its size to prove to every hopeful 6-year-old and skeptical adult, that fairies may very well exist. And if indeed they do, then I bet The continent of Sulina is where they all hangout.
The boys were just happy to have found the charming play area which neither wanted to leave.
One could literally spend hours between the fairy folk and still not have had enough time. But, we were hungry and needed to eat and decided we’ll be back again very soon.
Wednesdays to Saturdays 9am – 4:30pm
Sundays from 10am to 4pm
Every Schoolholidays from 9am to 4:30pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Also closed during the month of June for resting and restoration and Christmas and New Years Day.
Children under 13 yrs old….R10.00
All fees are shared with local charities
Love and Light,