Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa – and certainly one of the prettiest! This historic university town was founded in 1679. It still has a number of charming Cape Dutch streets shaded by oak trees and lined with water furrows. The architecture is of a simple style and character with white limestone walls, thatched roofs and wide avenues. Meander up the picturesque Dorp Street, perhaps visiting ‘Oom Samie se Winkel’. Drop into the Village Museum, a collection of preserved houses, for an insight into the lives of the early settlers.
We like the fact that Stellenbosch is a real town and not a ‘show’ village. There are plenty of shops and art galleries to browse and a lively student atmosphere. Plenty of excellent restaurants are easy walking distance of the hotels. Stellenbosch is the most central town of the Winelands. Therefore it makes a perfect base for wine-touring. Either meander along the Stellenbosch wine route or take in the neighbouring wine routes of Franschhoek or Paarl.
Attractions in or near Stellenbosch
- Lots of interesting shops, galleries & restaurants
- Bites & Sites walking foodie tours
- Stellenbosch Village Museum or the Rupert Museum with its unsurpassed South African art collection
- Meandering along the Stellenbosch Wine Route visiting Waterford, Warwick, Spier, Stark-Conde wine estates amongst others.
- Gourmet lunches at Stellenbosch wine estates – some of the top restaurants in the country are in or near the village.
- Birds of Prey rehabilitation centre at Spier Wine Estate
- Boschendal Wine Estate with its picnic hampers, vineyard walks, wine-tasting and cellar tours
- Walking in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve with a choice of trails
- Guided bicycle tours of Stellenbosch and nearby Jonkershoek
- Giraffe House wildlife awareness centre
- Van Ryn’s brandy distillery tour and tasting