Stellenbosch is a historic university town and one of South Africa’s prettiest, with charming Cape Dutch streets lined with water furrows and shaded by oak trees.
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. Stellenbosch is the most central town of the Winelands. Therefore hotels in Stellenbosch are the perfect base for explore the wine estates, botantical and sculpture gardens, and restaurants of the area.
Its Cape Dutch architecture is of a simple character with white limestone walls, thatched roofs and wide avenues. Meander up the picturesque Dorp Street, perhaps visiting ‘Oom Samie se Winkel’? Or 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. Plus there are loads of excellent restaurants within easy walking distance of your hotel. We opt for hotels in Stellenbosch that are either walking distance to the museums and art galleries. Or, alternatively, set on one of the many wine estates surrounding the town such as Lanzerac or Boschendal.
Meander along the Stellenbosch wine route. Or take in the neighbouring wine routes of Franschhoek or Paarl. Many of Stellenbosch's wine estates also have superb restaurants.
Or enjoy the stunning nearby Jonkerhoek Nature Reserve with a variety of walking trails to choose from, from easy to more challenging.
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