Recently, thanks to a friend’s birthday celebration, we got the chance to spend the day at De Hollandsche Molen. A remarkable find and a new favourite spot to gather with friends and family for a day of fun.
We started off in search of a spot to enjoy some sun, a swim and good food. De Hollandsche Molen turned out to be just that. With ample space, green grass, trees scattered to provide the perfect amount of shade, and an
Armed with swimwear, sunhats and a picnic basket, we entered the gates to discover this gorgeous resort.
The resort is situated on Wemmershoek Road, in between Paarl and Franschoek. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town city.
For day visitors, the resort offers:
An Olympic-sized swimming pool; the shallow end is 1.2 m deep while the deep end is 2.4 m deep. The pool has a diving board with 3 different diving levels. It also has a slide for kids to slide into the water (no one over the age of 12).
3 smaller, shallow river pools, each a different depth. These are great for babies, to sit at the edge with your toes in the water, or for those who want to laze on floaters.
A jungle gym. This is in the shade, perfect for kids to play safely while the parents relax.
Built-in trampolines. Right next to the jungle gym are a couple trampolines, built into the ground which eliminates kids falling off.
Braai stands. Bring your wood and meat (possibly your own grill) and enjoy a poolside braai. There are many braais, built into the ground, scattered across the grounds. So you can pick your spot and set up for the day as close to – or as far from – the pool as you wish.
The cost to enter the resort as a day visitor is R140. While this is a fair amount of money, it helps to ensure that the resort doesn’t get over-crowded. It also keeps the security all around the park, making visitors feel safe and secure.
While we were there we also enjoyed and saw:
Bingo, the entire park was invited to join in the bingo game. At just R5 per ticket, and played from the main stand with the numbers called out on a microphone, this was great fun (even though we didn’t win).
Arm wrestling. There was a tournament going on inside the hall, we didn’t partake but from the sound of things, it was a ton of fun.
Darts. You could couple up and go into the hall to play darts. Again, we were busy soaking up the sun, but this sounded great too.
Tractor rides. For R5 you could hop up onto a huge tractor and get a VIP ride through the resort. I wasn’t sure if this was a kiddies thing, or if they would accept a 20-something on her own – so I just watched from afar, but next time!
There was also a slip-n-slide put up while we where there. The kids all had a great time slipping through foam and landing in the cool water.
There is a small cafe on the resort, which sells pool floats, small ball games and ice creams, cool drinks etc. As well as braai stuff. It doesn’t sell hats or caps though – don’t forget yours!
There was also a chip’n’dip stand and some small stalls selling trinkets and toys, which added to the atmosphere.
Good To Know
There is a limit to the number of people allowed in the gates each day, this keeps the park from getting crowded and dangerous. So don’t sleep too late or you may not get in.
We didn’t see any life guards around the pool. Make sure everyone can swim and keep an eye on your own group.
Alcohol is allowed – just not to be abused. So a drink with lunch is perfect, you won’t get kicked out AND you can safely drive home.
If you don’t want to drive home, plan ahead and book into a chalet on the property. Each chalet has 2 bedrooms and enough space for 5 people, so make it a family affair.
The resort is available to hire for functions as well, contact them to find out more.