Stellenbosch

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.

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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