Stellenbosch is situated 49 km from Cape Town, the capital of the region. Easy access to this region is via Cape Town International Airport Cape Town International Airport located 37 km from Stellenbosch.
While a number of international and national carriers service Cape Town International Airport directly, the bulk of international carriers fly into Johannesburg. Cape Town is a two-hour domestic flight from Johannesburg and on average there are flights every half hour between the two cities with a variety of domestic carriers.
October in Stellenbosch is regarded as early Spring with temperatures ranging between 10 °C (Celsius) and 22 °C and has an average of 13 hours day light during this month. This region has winter rainfall, but a few showers can still be expected during this month.
Visas are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicant’s passport before departing for South Africa. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports on entry. Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa, it is best to check with the South African mission or travel agents if this is required. All visitors must ensure they have two blank pages open in their passport when arriving in South Africa.
Stellenbosch has a private and government hospital, trauma unit and ambulance service all within 5 minutes from the centre of the village.
The Western Cape is not a malaria region and there are no tropical diseases to be aware of and no vaccine requirements for visitors although visitors are requested to have the relevant yellow fever injections should they have travelled from or visited an affected area prior to entering South Africa.
In South Africa, motorists drive on the left. An international driver’s license will be required if a visitor wishes to drive while in South Africa.
It is safe to drink the tap water in South Africa although bottled water is readily available as well. South Africa is a water scarce country and visitors to the Western Cape are requested to help conserve water.
The majority of goods sold in South Africa are subject to a 15% Value Added Tax (VAT). Visitors are not exempt from paying VAT although they can claim back if the value of the goods bought exceeds R250. To claim the VAT, the goods must be taken out of the country within 90 days from the date of purchase. Visitors who wish to claim VAT should go to the VAT refund administration office or customs official at the port of exit.
The Rand is the official currency in South Africa and foreign currency can be exchanged at the Cape Town International airport, at commercial banks and at Bureaux de Change which are all available in Stellenbosch.
South Africa offers a sophisticated internet network and Wi-Fi is readily available throughout Stellenbosch There are a number of mobile networks available and Sim cards can be bought at airports and shopping centres. The electric current is 240 volts AC so visitors should bring a plug adaptor for three-pin sockets for appliances.