Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and well known for its natural beauty, Cape Dutch architecture, oak lined streets, art museums, restaurants and so much more. The magnificent countryside offers a range of outdoor activities to enjoy such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and golf.
The Town is surrounded by wine farms that form part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, the oldest wine route in the country. The Wine Route currently provides a co-ordinated network of more than 150 wineries, each offering a unique cellar-door experience for the wine-lover and tourist.
The Stellenbosch Wine Routes include 5 sub-routes which each have their own characteristics in terms of prominent wine styles, climates and geographical location.
As part of the Cape Winelands, the Stellenbosch Wine Routes are part of the six most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and are also connected to the global Great Wine Capitals Network.
Stellenbosch is a vibrant university town, the home of the Stellenbosch University with approximately 31 000 students. The University is recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa and has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students, of which almost ten percent are international students. – See more at: www.sun.ac.za
Cape Town city centre is a mere 40 km from Stellenbosch and the International Airport a 25-minute drive. The beautiful towns of Somerset West, Franschhoek and Paarl are our neighbours.
What to do and see
When you are in Stellenbosch it is well worth spending an hour or two walking the historic trail. If you are not that keen on walking – specialist tour operators and guides offer the following tours, Winelands, Cultural Township Tours, Cape Town & Surrounds, Cape Point, Whale Watching in nearby town of Hermanus, Adventure (Shark Cage diving, Abseil, Bungee jumping, etc.) Garden Route… and many more.
Where to eat
Stellenbosch has some of the top-rated restaurants in the country and offer a wide variety to suit all tastes and budget. The town is also well known for its coffee shop culture with many small coffee shops and deli’s located in quaint old buildings.