Wool and wide-eyed wonder

National Alpaca Day celebrations are taking place around the country on Sunday April 30, and at least seven different studs in the Western Cape will be opening their gates to the public. Helderstroom Alpacas, off the R43 near Villiersdorp, is one of these farms where a big welcome awaits the visitor wishing to learn more about these noble and aristocratic animals.

Teas and light refreshments will be on tap and their range of pure “proudly South African” hand-knit and hand-woven garments and accessories are for sale. Visitors will be able to lead well- trained youngsters on halters (always a hit with children), as well as cuddle some of the friendly ones. Learn about their unique fibre in many natural colours. Entry is free.

For more information,contact Alison at 082 662 9670 or alpacas@helderstroom.co.za

For a list of all the other participating farms, including near Paarl and Wellington, up the old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, and at Grabouw, visit www.alpacasa.co.za