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Our visit to Stellenbosch - Very pretty town, people very helpful, easy to find your way round. Lots of unusual shops. A very good base for destinations around the Cape and the Garden Route.

Mrs Susan Wills
England

Beautiful winter landscapes! - We expected wet winter weather for our June visit, but was surprised with sunny days at moderate temperatures. Roads are well maintained and tourist attractions excellently marked. The winter landscapes in the Western Cape is breath-taking!

Monika Nagel
South Africa

Stunning area with plenty to do - Stellenbosch is a beautiful area, jammed-packed with great restaurants, amazing wines and beautiful views. Try out the Bikes 'n Wines tour to get out into the fresh air and enjoy all of these in one!

Christine Hayes
South Africa

One of the gems of the Western Cape - One of the gems of the Western Cape

Helena Tripmaker
South Africa

Stellenbosch - Fantastic!!!!!!

Julie Jones
South Africa

Beautiful - Stellenbosch is amazing, beautiful and tons to do. And great wines!!!!

Pascal Fritz
South Africa

Lovely town - Really lovely town, beautiful to walk around. We were here between Christmas and new year which is busy for tourists but the towns usual student population is missing so think the town was a bit different for that. Church street and drop street main places for restaurants and shops. Definitely try the basic bistro for food, it was fantastic. Also portions at dros, the original of the chain were huge. Again everyone was so friendly everywhere you go which we're finding all over SA!

Margaret Osullivan
Republic of Ireland

Nightlife missing? - Where does one go and what does one do in Stellenbosch at night? Yes it is full of bars and restaurants but where do you find all the information and what music is available and where?

Meg McDonald
South Africa

Stellenbosch: an interesting place - I found Stellenbosch to be full of restaurants and extremely busy roads. We went to Tokara for dinner and honestly the service was the best that we have had in the Western Cape for a very long time. The food was good and the atmosphere charming. Our highlight had to be Overture where we had lunch. The staff's knowledge on food and how it had been made was a pleasant surprise. The food was by far one of the best meals that we have ever had and the wine was selected specifically for a meal and made the experience a very special one.

Janine Morton
South Africa

Stellenbosch - Farms and beautiful surroundings something everyone should see. The town a bit busy but everything available.

Marianna Rooyenvan
South Africa

Lovely Stellenbosch - Lovely Stellenbosch

Lizette Herbst
South Africa
Paradyskloof Suburb of Stellenbosch

Scenic views - Peaceful & fantastic view of the mountain.

Debbie Wille
South Africa

Stellenbosch - An attractive university town in spectacular surroundings. Fine walking in town (Jan Marais) Park and beyond town (Jonkershoek Nature Reserve), cycling (To Jonkershoek, and over Helshoogte (sic) to the Fransch Hoek Valley. A fine museum, and music Conservatiorium. Some* interesting (and much boring) architecture. All this marginalises the majority of its people. Stellenbosch and the winelands were built on slavery. This history is displaced. Declaration of interest: I studied there (1961-1964). Fortunately, the University is no longer as it was then.

Gavin Williams
South Africa

So little time and so much to do!! - Stellenbosch is one of those towns with LOTS to see and do. A weekend in the area is NOT enough time to take a good look - you will HAVE to come back.

Ingrid Wentzel
South Africa

Stellenbosch - Great destination and enjoyed it even as a regular traveller to the Cape Winelands.

Arno Hattingh
South Africa

Great location - Stellenbosch is a lovely relaxed town with numerous restaurants for casual or formal dining Botanical gardens and village museum are great to visit

Pauline Wood
England

Why visit Stellenbosch? - Stellenbosch is a melting pot of academics, art, culture and history. With its historic buildings, scenic nature and excellent wine farms, it is bound to offer each visitor a unique and enjoyable experience.

Ewaldi Mostert
South Africa

Scenic Stellenbosch - Stellenbosch is a beautiful historical town with oak tree lined streets and is surrounded by magnificent mountains, wine farms and orchards giving a scenic beauty that is difficult to duplicate. Fine food in fabulous restaurants and eateries, fine wine, fine brandy, arts, theatre, music, beautiful architecture, outdoor living, adventure, leisurely lifestyle.....all within 50km of Cape Town and her fantastic beaches......what more can one ask for?

Colleen Grove
South Africa

The best place in SA - A city to which we will always come back.

Dr. Alexander Suhm
Germany

Bliss - Stellenbosch is a perfect romantic get away.

Ronald Abbas
South Africa

Stellenbosch excellent - Fantastic town. Beautiful views. Good food and wine.

Johan Cronje
South Africa

Stellenbosch - In the holidays, Stellenbosch is minus its students and thus becomes less manuc than normal - i.e. ideal time to visit.

Ross Morrison
South Africa

Stellies - There is no other place like Stellenbosch in the summer. The beautiful mountains and green vinyards are long remembered. A lunch at one of the town's restaurants is a must. The energy of the students spills over in the town. Stellenbosch will always be our favourite place to visit. Raymond and Lynette Driescher

Raymond Driescher
South Africa

A town to be enjoyed - We could have spent more time at Stellenbosch - lots to do and see.

Patricia Gee
United Kingdom

Outstanding - Outstanding due to excellence. Place to relax away from Pretoria with a glass of wine in the hand and watching the students! If you eant to break away from stress, Stellenbosch the place to go!

Wilma van schalkwyk
South Africa

I have a dream - Stellenbosch is my second home since Dilbeek/Belgium is sistertown. The projects we try to realise with Stellenbosch make the whole community better and nicer. I love the people, the place, the music, food and wine. Its a wonderful world A rainbow of good feeling.

Piet Walravens
Belgium

Stellonbosch - A friendly beuatiful town.Centrally situated to explore the surrounded area's as far as Cape town. Will make this a regular base in future when visiting the wester Cape.

Dave Badenhorst
South Africa

Stellenbosch - Historically importantant as the second town established by Dutch settlers to South Africa, the tree lined streets of Stellenbosch shares it's attractions between national and international businesses, tourists and the 26 thousand students of the University of Stellenbosch. In our experience all accommodation options in the winelands are very high quality and often beautifully designed. Just a few minutes from the centre of Stellenbosch is Bon Esperance B & B Guest House. A Victorian style house with accommodation in the main house and in the converted coach house. We stayed in a charming room with a black and white decorative theme and direct access to the garden and pool. Near the Rustenberg Estate is Wedge Farm on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. It offers 2 well designed apartments above the garages, with access to the large garden and shared pool for guests and is well placed for visiting the surrounding wine estates. Near Stellenbosch, the modest Bartinney Estate is at the very top of the Helshoogte Pass. We met winemaker Therese de Beer, who explained her work over a tasting in the quirky decorated tasting room. Nearby is Delaire Graaf, possibly the most lavish estate in South Africa: wines, state-of-the-art cellar, tasting lounge, dining, lodge and spa, boutiques, gallery art and landscaped gardens — yet the wine tasting experience is very civilised and easy-going overlooking the vines. On the other side of the Helshoogte Pass road, Tokara and Thelema are both great. The former has a lavish tasting and gourmet dining room, plus a delicatessen and cafe, all surrounded by fabulous contemporary landscape gardens. Thelema is a more modest offer, but has a tasting room with big windows overlooking the vines and some very attractive prints. They also own land at Southerland in the Elgin valley for white wine production. At Dornier the dramatic contemporary curved winery roof beyond the rectangular dam contrasts with the Cape Dutch tasting and bistro/restaurant building with aeronautical pictures reflecting the estate name. Laid-back free tastings on the terrace. The Rustenberg Estate has a contemporary tasting facility in the interior of an old Cape Dutch building, surrounded by lawns leading to a fabulous English style garden, bursting with a profusion of plants benefitting from the warmth of Cape summers. In the Jonkershoek Valley, beyond the Lanzerac Estate with it's beautiful hotel is Starke-Conde, where you can sample the wines in a pavilion accessed by a bridge in the landscaped dam. is At Simonsig one can taste the range of Cap Classic fizz and/or enjoy an excellent lunch on the terraces surrounding the dining room. Vergelegen, nearer Somerset West, is a beautiful old property that, apart from the tasting and formal dining, offers a gourmet picnic, set up under old camphor trees. A wonderful experience. Very different architecturally is Mancunian Paul Boutinot's Waterkloof, a huge glass box overlooking False Bay offering a contemporary cuisine dining experience to accompany the wines. Just off the N1, between Paarl and Stellenbosch on Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Suider-Paarl , the Fairview Estate offers a range of visitor attractions — most prominent being the goat and goat-tower featured on their wine bottle labels. Although a big tourist attraction with a restaurant, conference dining, cheese and bread shop in addition to the wine tasting and purchasing facility, it has a very friendly atmosphere and knowledgable staff. Unfortunately the attractive T shirts displayed on the walls are no longer for sale! In Stellenbosch the numerous historical buildings are often accessible and well maintained. Art and craft galleries, fashion boutiques and 'artisanal' provision stores attest to the buying power of tourists and wealthy local citizens. The University Botanical Gardens near the centre of Stellenbosch provide a shady respite for plant lovers. Also at Stellenbosch walking along the Eerste River takes you through the many sports facilities at the University Campus. The surrounding mountains have many walking options. At Jonkershoek Nature Reserve you can cycle, drive or walk round a circular route either side of the Eerste River to admire the mountain fynbos, birds and the occassional sighting of mammals. If walking beware of snakes. In Stellenbosch, we tend to gravitate to Java Cafe for comfort food: pastas, wraps or just some wine and Col Cacchio for it's ever changing range of very large pizzas. We also love the Tokara Estate Delicatessen for it's amazing contemporary environment and the restaurant at Simonsig is very good too.

Eric Gristwood
United Kingdom

Excellent - A beautiful, peaceful place to be. Nice surroundings, great restaurants and shops. Good place to stay

Jeanine Kerkvliet-Homma
Netherlands

My stay December 2011 - What a wonderful historic town. My one disapointment is that it is becoming to commercialised. It is a good base to visit the surrounding scenic sites. I was treated very well by the geust house when I fell ill. The hospitality was heartwarming.

willie van Zijl
South Africa

Stellenbosch - near Cape Town International, but in the heart of the Winelands. - Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and it has fondly been called ‘Eikestad’ or city of oaks. Moreover, its streets are home to some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Dorp Street, which happens to be 20 meters walk from De Hoek Manor, has been declared a national monument, so walking around this cosy old part of Stellenbosch, with its secluded lanes, water furrows, cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee bistros, with superb views of the mountains, vineyards and orchards, is an experience not to be missed. ‘Stellenbosch’ prides itself on its world renown wine. Not only does it have the oldest wine route in the country, and arguably the most famous, but the town also boasts one of the most modern experimental wineries in the world. Furthermore, the only viticulture and oenological department in the South Africa is based at Stellenbosch University. Culture truly abounds in Stellenbosch. South Africa’s oldest music school, the famous Stellenbosch Conservatoire, has its home here, including an impressive array of galleries and museums which house national and international art collections worth viewing. Hikers and nature lovers will want to explore Jonkershoek Nature Reserve where they can either go for a short, leisurely stroll up into the valley, or opt for the full-day Vineyard Hiking Trail, which meanders for 24 kilometres, starting on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg and winding its way through vineyards, forests, olive groves and coastal renosterveld.

Ilse Hauter
South Africa

A beautiful, historic and charming town! - Beautiful, historic town with magnificent surrounds, rolling vineyards and towering mountains. Charming and friendly South African hospitality, excellent restaurants and world class wineries!

Leonie Fourie
South Africa

Stellenbosch - The scenery is fantastic, the town itself was very busy.

Wanda Mooij
South Africa

Beautiful Stellenbosch - A beautiful town and surroundings - the perfect base from which to explore the area and as a stepping-off place to Cape Town and beyond.

Keith Farndale
United Kingdom

Why Stellenbosch? - Choosing Stellenbosch as your winelands destination is not just about tasting some of the South Africa's finest wines! There is much more to Stellenbosch than that! Stellenbosch boasts no less than three fine dining restaurants listed in the top ten in South Africa! These are found in the surrounding vineyards of the Stellenbosch region. For those that would prefer a stroll into town, there are some fantastic restaurants to choose from, all promoting delicious South African cuisine. For a light meal option, Stellenbosch is renowned for its vibrant cafe culture, where one can enjoy a light meal in a relaxed and vibey atmosphere. The big distinguishing factor that separates Stellenbosch from any other winelands town is the fact that we are a College town! There are twenty thousand students living in Stellenbosch! The students bring a great energy to the town with music, art, drama etc. There is always something happening in Stellenbosch, all year round! Foreign visitors get to mingle with the local people in the cafes, restaurants, and pubs! People can safely walk around town, day and night! It's truly a unique winelands destination!

Justin Mitchell

Beautiful Stellenbosch - Stellenbosch is a wonderful area to visit. Beauty as far as the eye can see with majestic mountains to green lush vineyards during Summertime. The town has quaint shops and resturants (Ernie Els, the big easy, 96 winery road, Die volkskombuis, etc) and many historic buildings to visit. Obviously, Stellenbosch surrounds have some of the most famous wine farms that you can visit (Spier, Eikendal, Avontuur, Zevenwacht etc). If you enjoy tranquility, gastronomic delights and wine, this is the place to be.

michelle viret
South Africa

Biking in the Winelands - A great way to spend a day in Stellenbosch, sampling some of the great wines on offer, is by bike. We had a great day on the Bikes 'n Wines Vineyard Meander tour - experienced guides, great scenery and lovely wines on offer. I'd highly recommend these tours to anyone visting the region.

Christine Hayes

Come for the wine, stay because of the people - If you enjoy wine and brandy, this is the place in South Africa to visit. All of the wine tours and brandy tastings that I went to (and I went to many) were well done and professional. The pleasant discovery that I made while at Stellenbosch was the fantastic day hikes up Stellenbosch and Helderberg Mountains. The view of the vineyards and the ocean was spellbinding and well worth the hike. But you must be in shape before attempting. The vineyards below Helderberg Mountain had some of the best red wines that I have ever tasted. Go for a hike in the morning and finish with a glass of Petit Verdot in the afternoon!

Vincent Perry
South Africa

Unwind in Stellenbosch - A fantastic historic town. The centre of town has a wonderful vibe. The wine farms are great to unwind after a busy day.

Luzanne Gerstner
South Africa

A real gem! - There are so many hidden gems in Stellenbosch town be it cafes, décor shops, antique shops or galleries. There is also have a wonderful Food Lovers market on Saturday morning which is really enjoyable with lots of yummy goodies. Accommodation must is the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa - the old 'Grande Dame' of Stellenbosch - steeped in history, elegance and beauty.

Hillary Isaacs
South Africa

SA's top destination - Stellenbosch as the second oldest town in SA radiates a feeling of youth and inspiration, enery and creativity. It offers a wide variety of affordable, excellent accommodation, cultural and sport activities, restaurants and street cafes, as well as friendly people who easily mix between economic, ethnic and educational levels. All this against a background of majestic mountains and unknown natural beauty. Unbeatable experience in terms of variety, beauty and positive energy, creativity and inspiration. A place to dream of and to treasure.

Daniel Kritzinger
South Africa

Paradise - Most beautiful place in the world. Stellenbosch is great fun for the young and for elderly people. I will recommend the area for walking, hiking, mountain biking, wine tasting, bookshops, concerts, wonderful restaurants in town as well as beautiful venues out of town, cycling, child friendly, art shops, botanical gardens.

Martha (Marie) Beukes
South Africa

Paradise - Most beautiful place in the world. Stellenbosch is great fun for the young and for elderly people. I will recommend the area for walking, hiking, mountain biking,wine tasting, bookshops, concerts,wonderful restaurants in town as well as beautiful venues out of town,cycling,child friendly, art shops, botanical gardens.

Martha (Marie) Beukes
South Africa

All about Stellenbosch - In the heart of the Winelands of the Western Cape, lies the university town of Stellenbosch - the oldest town in South Africa (younger only than Cape Town). A less the 30 km drive from Cape Town international airport, it is the perfect place to start or end your exciting visit to South Africa. Stellenbosch lies in the core of the famous wine region and it is a short drive from here to the excellent estates where excellent wines may be tasted - whether you decide to self-drive or take an organised wine tour, a wonderful time is ensure as some of the best wines in the world are grown and made in this incredibly beautiful region. Stellenbosch is also known for its excellent restaurants and guest houses - to suite every taste and pocket and you will receive a hearty welcome in this safe environment. Being the oldest town, Stellenbosch also has a lot to see for those interested in our South African history and culture - viz. museums, old buildings, interesting shops and galleries and many others. It is also a short and very picturesque drive to other villages of interest such as Franschhoek, Paarl, Somerset West (to name but a few) and of course, Cape Town, itself. You could also take a day trip around the coast to many naturally beautiful places and to do some whale viewing (in our Spring season) or other marine adventures all year around. Or take a trip inland over some of the magnificent mountain passes to picturesque neighbouring villages. Stellenbosch has several excellent golf courses, hiking, horse riding, fly fishing, in fact, almost any outdoor activity you can think of. There are even some smaller, excellent game reserves in the area. So, if you are planning a holiday to wonderful South Africa, Stellenbosch is a MUST. Come and spend a few nights here. You will certainly want to return!

Johan & Gwen Hugo
South Africa

Best town in country - There is a touch of Europe here with all the lovely wine farms, mountains and sidewalk cafes. The Spar in the Boord's buffet lunches make it so much easier for all working people, especially mothers. By far the majority of people are extremely friendly and most people greet others or at least give them a smile.

Martie de Beer
South Africa

100% top! - The best place to live, to visit, to eat out, to taste wine, etc. You can't go wrong, come to Stellenbosch and experience it!

Marleen Bovijn
South Africa

100% tops!!! - The best place to live, to visit, to eat out, to taste wine, etc. You can't go wrong - come to Stellenbosch and experience it!

Marleen Bovijn
South Africa

There is NO place like Stellenbosch! - Come and see for yourself. Stellenbosch offers the tourist everything and more.

Vic Hugo
South Africa

Great - Breathtaking mountains, lush vineyards, quaint streets with vendors of all sorts of curios and curiosities, restaurants and wines to delight in. Stellenbosch has it all and more - a place and atmosphere which you will never forget.

Fienie Yssel
South Africa

Perfect getaway - As a resident of Stellenbosch, I feel it is the perfect place to get away from everything. Stellenbosch has a rich history with diverse people. The town boasts with local art, great food and, of course, excellent wine. Where else can you find great food, wine, shops and ice cream within 1 kilometer. Definately worth visiting!

Nandi Stripp
South Africa