Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town, after Cape Town and is the sentimental heart of the Winelands. Lined with shady oaks and beautiful gabled, white-washed buildings the streets of Stellenbosch still have small irrigation channels on either side of the older roads. In the past, these were used to water gardens, as each householder had a time slot in which to divert the town’s irrigation into their plot.

It is very cultural and somewhat venerable, while also displaying a decidedly young and vibrant air. There are some interesting museums and many of the buildings, including some of the hotels and restaurants, are national monuments and deserve a second look. There is good mountain biking just outside the town, and there are golf courses aplenty, but Stellenbosch is really all about wine.

The town is virtually surrounded by fabulous cellars where you can do a tasting, join a cellar tour, stock up your own personal cellar, and perhaps enjoy a lovely leisurely lunch in the shade of some typical Stellenbosch oaks. Some of the wine farms have become multi-purpose resorts with theatres, restaurants, equestrian centres and much much more.

Stellenbosch is close to Cape Town so it can be visited on a day trip, or you could do a day trip to Cape Town or the Overberg from Stellenbosch. The nearest beach is at Strand.

Keen for a blast in the Winelands? Ride through Stellenbosch vineyards, orchards and fynbos to the top of the historical Bottelary Hills. Magical views of Stellenbosch, its mountains, False Bay and Table Mountain can be seen throughout the ride. Special outings include picnics, wine-tasting or spectacular sunrise or sunset rides. www.barehoofhorsetrails.co.za

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Very quaint
Stellenbosch and the area/wine farms was wonderful!Had a wonderful meal at Asara wine farm in their restaurant, magnificent views , food and service!
Marie Hill
South Africa


Worth a visit and stay
Why travel overseas if we have places like Stellenbosch at our doorstep? One couldn't ask for a more tranquil and exciting area. The students rule the town itself and there is such a buzz about it. For a more peaceful stay though there are many vineyards that have a place to lay your head and I cannot wait to return. Now there are markets to view too so go take a browse and open yourself to the wonder that is Stellenbosch.
Wayne Posnack
South Africa

Suburb of Stellenbosch

Just what we needed
Lyndoch is a midpoint between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, very easy access to highways to go further afield. Central Stellenbosch only 10 mins away and Somerset West is 15mins in the other direction. Lots to do and see in the area, from wine tasting, strawberry picking to farmstalls and excellent restaurants. Beautiful scenery and peaceful setting was perfect.
Suzanne Lombard
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


Beautiful
Stellenbosch is amazing, beautiful and tons to do.And great wines!!!!
Pascal Fritz
South Africa


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


Lovely Stellenbosch
Lovely Stellenbosch
Lizette Herbst
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


Great location
Stellenbosch is a lovely relaxed town with numerous restaurants for casual or formal diningBotanical 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


Bliss
Stellenbosch is a perfect romantic get away.
Ronald Abbas
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 worldA rainbow of good feeling.
Piet Walravens
Belgium


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...
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Eric Gristwood
United Kingdom