Stellenbosch is the second oldest city in South Africa, based in 1679 by Simon van der Stel, the governor of the Cape Colony. 10 years later, in 1690 the Huguenot refugees settled down within the space, they introduced from France the custom of rising grapes and making wine, it was the start of South African wines.
These days Stellenbosch affords to its guests an awesome mixture of lovely wine estates, outside actions, effective eating places, and exquisite surroundings. The city may be visited as a day journey from Cape City, it’s solely 50 km away, you may spend right here a few days and go to Franschhoek as effectively or cease right here on the way in which to the Garen Route.
Other ways to go to Stellenbosch from Cape City
Renting a automotive
Renting a automotive is the best method to transfer round in South Africa to hire a smallish automotive for a few days is just not costly particularly in the event you’re a few folks touring collectively or a household with young children. To drive round Stellenbosch you don’t want a giant 4×Four automotive (until you wish to do some off-road driving) all roads are tarred.
Recommended vehicles to hire for the journey
Becoming a member of a day tour from Cape City
In the event you don’t wish to hire a automotive the easiest way to go to Stellenbosch and its environment is by becoming a member of a day tour from Cape City. The tour contains transportation, visiting 5 wine estates and wine and meals pairing. In the event you’d like to go to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in at some point you may be a part of one other tour from Cape City that takes you to wine estates in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl.
In the event you don’t like group excursions you are able to do a personal full-day wine tour from the Mom Metropolis.
In the event you don’t have at some point to go to Stellenbosch you are able to do a tour from Cape City that mixes driving across the Cape Peninsula and wine tasting in Stellenbosch. This tour will take the entire day nevertheless it’ll be stuffed with highlights like Cape Level Nationwide Park, Chapman’s Peak drive, penguins at Boulder’s Seashore and vineyards of Stellenbosch.
In the event you’re planning to journey alone becoming a member of a 5-day Cape City and Winelands tour by Intrepid Journey may be choice this fashion you’ll get to see town and its environment, meet new folks and have some enjoyable.
Locations to remain in Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is an actual paradise for many who like outside actions, good wine, and scrumptious meals, there are a number of locations across the city which might be good for vacationers with kids. In the event you marvel what to do in Stellenbosch listed here are our ideas.
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Greatest foody issues to do in Stellenbosch
There are actually many wine estates and eating places in Stellenbosch, we haven’t been to all of them however yearly once we come to South Africa we attempt to go to a few new locations.
In the event you’re wish to get pleasure from an ideal wine and meals pairing and go to a few of the best wine estates within the space you may be a part of Thriller Meals Tour that features tasting, transportation out of your lodge and again you don’t need to drive your self.
Take pleasure in breathtaking surroundings at Tokara Wine Property
In my view, Tokara is among the most lovely wine farms in Stellenbosch, the drive itself from the city to the farm is spectacular and their wines are simply as nice because the view. The property is positioned at Helshoogte Street one that gives probably the most scenic drive within the space.
Don’t miss the selfie spot on the highest of the hill within the vineyards. If tasting or shopping for wines is just too costly for you, it’s value simply coming right here for the surroundings. Wine tasting right here is from ZAR75/US$6 for five wines. There’s a restaurant with an awesome view the place you may have lunch or dinner.
Bounce on a hop-on-hop-off wine bus
Hop-on-hop-off wine bus is a good way of visiting a number of wine farms and doing tasting with out being concerned about consuming and driving, you may style as a lot as you need. The bus stops at large and famend wine estates like Spier to smaller handicraft farms like Alto Property in addition to on the Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery. A relaxing day of wine tasting, beautiful views of the vineyards and nice wine are assured.
Admire environment and style effective wines at Delair Graff
One other wine property with wonderful surroundings and nice wines. Delair Graff might be the fanciest wine farm in Stellenbosch. A go to to this place is a must-do for wine connoisseurs and artwork lovers. Strolling round its lovely gardens and halls you’ll discover fascinating canvas and sculptures. Evidently, the restaurant on the property affords beautiful delicacies you may have lunch or attempt their tasting menu and wine pairing.
There are a few luxurious cottages on the property the place you may keep for an evening it seems to be wonderful although it’s very costly, a sort of place to remain for a really special day.
There are extra luxurious lodging choices close by for a extra inexpensive value like Clouds Property Resort.
Delair Graff wine tasting
Bask in glowing wine tasting
Home of JC Le Roux is a dream place for glowing wines lovers, right here you may style candy and dry glowing wines, wines made by Methode Cap Classique (champagne), do a pairing with rose nougat, chocolate truffles or recent oysters. All wines in pairing a pre-selected for you by the cellar grasp. We don’t drink glowing wine that a lot however we actually loved visiting this farm, tasting their wines and sweets.
Home of CJ Le Roux wine tasting
|Mon-Fri||9am-5pm||from ZAR 80/US$5|
Wine and dine at Jordan Wine Property
Jordan wine property was rated a number of instances as one of many prime wine farms in South Africa. The situation of the place is nice, in the course of the vineyards with implausible views. They’ve quite a lot of tasting choices from the usual 5-wine tasting to order wine tasting, cellar tour, harvest expertise, 3-course department with native white wines, and so forth. There’s a restaurant and a bakery on the property. You possibly can have lunch or dinner with wine pairing.
It’s an ideal place for a romantic keep as effectively they’ve lovely rooms overlooking the vineyards. You possibly can get pleasure from nice native wines, scrumptious meals and the tranquility of the place for a few days. The farm is about 20min. drive from Stellenbosch.
Jordan Property wine tasting
|Mon-Solar||9.30am-4.30pm||from ZAR 55/US$4|
Uncover the number of native wines at Simonsig Property
If you wish to discover a wine farm the place you may style the entire vary of South African wines Simonsig Property is the suitable place. Right here yow will discover a variety of wines from glowing and candy to Chennin Blanc and Pinotage. It’s a lovely place, hidden within the vineyards, with a pleasant restaurant and a stunning outdoors space for tasting. We actually appreciated the Brut (although we’re not the most important glowing wine lovers). Their white wines are fruity and can go effectively with ice on a sizzling summer season day. Chardonnay was our favourite right here, the Chenin Blanc was very fruity, sturdy pineapple – tropical fruit aromas. You possibly can add a cheese platter to your wine tasting.
|Mon-Fri||10am-6pm||from ZAR 75/US$5|
Go to Route 44 market at Audacia farm
We completely love this market, it’s one among our favourite markets within the Cape City space. It will get fairly busy nevertheless it’s at all times numerous enjoyable to be right here. The number of meals and drinks is unimaginable from locals’ favorites like grilled steak or lamb chops to vegan meals and unique Lebanese delicacies, from Mexican tacos and burritos to Japanese sushi, Italian pizza, and Chinese language noodles. There are a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes, candy stalls, ice lotions, juices, craft beer, wine, and low. One of the best ways to attempt as a lot as you may is to purchase many alternative dishes and share them. Most locations settle for solely money, there are ATMs contained in the market.
It’s an awesome place to come back with kids there’s a enormous kids’s space with leaping castles, climbing ropes, small swimming pools, and so forth. children adore it right here. Don’t come right here early earlier than 10am there may be not a lot happening until then. In the event you’re a bunch of individuals and want to get a desk it’s higher to be right here between 10am and 11am.
Route 44 market
Go native at Stellenbosch Gradual Market
This Saturday market is way smaller than Route 44, it’s extra like coming to a associates’ picnic get together the place all people is aware of one another. Right here yow will discover home-made preserves, merchandise from native farmers, regional wines, useful crafts, and souvenirs, over 100 native producers. The Market takes place at The Oude Libertas.
Stellenbosch for historical past and tradition lovers
Discover the historic a part of Stellenbosch on foot
Stellenbosch’s historic middle is just not large you will get strolling just about all over the place. Issues to not miss within the city:
The College Campus – there may be at all times one thing particular in visiting large Universities. Stellenbosch College is a bunch of lovely buildings with a pleasant courtyard. To get into the coed spirit go and drink espresso on the Neelsie Pupil Middle, they’ve good espresso and pastries.
The Botanical Backyard – a small however lovely and quiet backyard run by the College with a pleasant espresso store inside.
Dorp Steet – one of many most important vacationer streets in Stellenbosch, previous oak timber on either side of the highway, previous homes constructed within the Cape Dutch structure model, many eating places, artwork galleries, and craft retailers.
The Rupert Museum – a personal artwork museum with a set of work and sculptures of South African artists.
In the event you’d prefer to know extra in regards to the historical past of Stellenbosch you may be a part of a historic strolling tour. On the tour, you’ll study in regards to the basis of Stellenbosch, completely different inhabitants of the realm, and the well-known graduates of the College. The tour is a pleasant introduction to the city and its historical past.
Wander via Dylan Lewis’ sculpture backyard
Dylan Lewis is a well-known South African sculpture. His studio is positioned close to Stellenbosch, the backyard is part of the studio the place you may see a few of the artists’ works. The backyard, the encompassing surroundings, and the sculptures coexist in good concord.
solely by appointment
(final entry 3.30pm)
|Adults – ZAR 150/US$10
Kids – free
Go to Stellenbosch Village Museum
If you wish to know extra about life within the area 300 years in the past, to see one of many oldest preserved Cape Dutch homes, to study extra about conventional life-style a go to to the Village Museum is extremely advisable. The museum consists of 4 previous restored homes with an genuine inside.
|Mon-Sat||9am-5pm||Adults – ZAR 80/US$5.5|
|Solar (April-August)||10am-1pm||Kids – free|
Really helpful South Africa books and guidebooks
Journey & outside actions in Stellenbosch
There are a lot of mountaineering trails round Stellenbosch together with hikes within the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, there are a few wine estates which have strolling routes via vineyards and mountains as effectively.
Go on a difficult Panorama route hike at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Happening a difficult hike following the 17-km Panorama route within the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, about 10km outdoors of Stellenbosch. The hike entails a steep climb as much as the highest of the mountains with a subsequent steep descent all the way in which all the way down to the underside. It’s a difficult hike that requires good bodily circumstances. It takes between 6 and seven hours to finish the route. Hikers should deliver sufficient water 1,5l per particular person and a few snacks. This hike will take just about half of the day, in summer season it’s extremely advisable to begin early morning to finish the ascent earlier than it will get too sizzling.
It’s not a advisable exercise when you’ve got solely at some point in Stellenbosch you merely could have no time left to do the rest. We wouldn’t suggest mountaineering alone when you’ve got no firm at the very least attempt to hike on the weekend when there are extra folks on the route. We’ve achieved this route a number of instances and by no means had any unhealthy expertise nevertheless it’s at all times higher to take precautions.
Hike one of many shorter and simpler routes at Jonkershoek
In the event you don’t have a lot time or simply don’t wish to spend the entire day mountaineering you may nonetheless go to the reserve and do one of many shorter mountaineering routes, that may take you about 2 hours to finish. The Tweede Waterfall is a good quick hike, it’s a 6,5-km return route that finishes with a waterfall and a pool the place hikers can calm down after the stroll. The Swartboskloof to Sosyskloof route is a 7-km hike with average ascents and descents. It affords some nice views of the realm, particularly from the look-out level.
If mountaineering doesn’t sound thrilling sufficient you may attempt to free-wheel down the slopes (not very steep although) on a downhill scooter tour via the Jonkershoek reserve. Benefit from the easy journey, the breathtaking surroundings, and a recent breeze and don’t overlook to cease for photographs at a number of look-outs on the way in which.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
|Day by day||7.30am – 4pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Kids – ZAR 30/US$2
Do a hike or two at Heidelberg Farm
A family-run farm, 12km from Stellenbosch with a number of quick and one lengthy mountaineering trails. It may be a greater choice for vacationers with young children than Jonkershoek. There are 5 completely different mountaineering routes;
- Inexperienced Route – 1,8km, simple, 50min.
- Pink Route – 4,5km, moderate-easy, 1h20min.
- Yellow Route – 5,8km, average, 2h.
- Blue Route – 9km, average, steep uphill, 3h30min.
- Brown Route – 11km+, tough, 4-9 hours, relying on how far you stroll on the highest.
The three longer routes provide beautiful views over the realm you may see Desk Mountain and the ocean. There’s a pretty tea backyard on the farm the place you will get a light-weight meal or cake with espresso after mountaineering.
|Day by day||8am – 5.30pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Kids – ZAR 25/US$2
Exploring HERO journey trails at Spice Route
That is most likely one of the best place to come back for households with kids as a result of there are such a lot of issues to do, to study and to attempt right here in addition to mountaineering. You possibly can just about spend right here the entire morning and no one will likely be bored.
The mountaineering trails vary from quick 2,5km routes to 35km tracks (catered for cyclists);
- Chok-o-track – a 100m pump observe for youths
- Younger Farmers – 2,5km, a brief and simple path
- Mountain Valley – 5km with some ups and downs
- Olive & Oaks – 10km route that goes to the far finish of the farm
- Die Vlatkes – 20km path with ascents and descents that may take at the very least half of a day to finish
- Again’s Farm – 35km route too lengthy for strolling the entire far more appropriate for biking.
|Day by day||9am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 80/US$5.5
Kids – ZAR 40/US$3
Visiting Dirtopia Path middle at Delvera Farm
The farm is positioned 10km outdoors Stellenbosch. The path middle has all types of sports activities occasions like MTB races, path operating, full Moon hikes and extra enjoyable actions. You don’t have to participate in any of the occasions you may simply come right here for a few hours and do your personal factor. There are three mountaineering trails at Dirtopia:
- The Delvera Winery Path – 10km route that takes hikers to the highest of Klapmutskop and affords breathtaking views of Cape City and the Winelands.
- The Winery Stroll – 6km path via the vineyards you get an opportunity to see crimson and white wine cultivars.
- The Fowl Stroll – 1,3km quick path to the dam that’s extremely advisable for fowl lovers, right here you may see completely different geese, geese, weavers, pheasants, and so forth.
Dirtopia Path middle
|Day by day||8am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Kids – ZAR 20/US$2
What to take/to put on for mountaineering in Stellenbosch
- Comfy footwear you received’t want heavy boots however pair of mountaineering footwear (in the event you’re planning on doing one of many longer routes within the mountains) or simply comfy path trainers.
- A cap or a hat to guard your head.
- A small day-pack to place water, snacks, sunscreen and so forth.
- A water bottle. Faucet water in Cape City is ok to drink however for stream or river water, I’d suggest utilizing a filter.
- Sunscreen is strongly advisable suggest when doing any outside actions in South Africa.
Exploring the realm round Stellenbosch by bike is one other fashionable exercise. There are a lot of biking and MTBking routes of various lengths and problem.
Journey from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek on an electrical bike
A pleasant exercise that doesn’t require biking form you may get pleasure from a simple journey on an electrical bike, admire the gorgeous surroundings of Cape Winelands, style a few of the best wines within the nation and revel in a scrumptious lunch. It’s a good way to spend a day trip, to satisfy new folks and to find some hidden gems of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Don’t fear, you don’t need to cycle again a shuttle bus that takes you again from Franschhoek to Stellenbsoch is included within the tour.
Cycle to the historic sights and wine estates of Stellenbosch
If you wish to see the highlights of the city, go to a few wine farms and spend a day biking via the gorgeous vineyards – the Historic bike and wine tasting tour is an ideal choice for you. In the course of the tour, you get to go to two wine estates, to do one wine tasting and one chocolate/wine pairing and a cellar tour.
Renting a bicycle and exploring Dirtopia biking trails
Dirtopia at Delvare Farm may be one of the best place in Stellenbosch to come back for MTB or biking as a result of you may hire a bicycle right here. You possibly can hire a traditional bike or an electrical one. There are two biking trails;
- Porcupine Path – 15km with some ups and downs
- The Farm Path – 6km, a simple route, good for learners
Biking via the vineyards at Spice Route
Just about each path of the Spice Route I discussed within the mountaineering part may be cycled as effectively, it’s a enjoyable place to come back for the morning there are various issues to do and to attempt from chocolate and low to wine and cheese. It’s most likely one of the family-friendly farms in Stellenbosch. The one downside, they don’t hire bikes right here you’ll need to deliver a motorcycle. You possibly can hire bikes in Stellenbosch.
Go on a MTB journey
MTBking via the Paradyskloof plantation. That is extra of a wild expertise, the observe (a slender grime path) goes via the forest, generally it’s fairly steep it’s not for learners. The gap of the one observe is 11km. You’ll want your personal bike, there are a few locations in Stellenbosch the place you may hire it for a few hours.
Exploring the Coetzenburg MTB Trails. One other single-track path on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains via the Eden forestry space. There are 5 tracks all require some abilities and expertise. There is no such thing as a infrastructure close by, it’s a cool place to come back for an adventurous journey however not appropriate for a household exercise.
Benefit from the scenic drive over the Helshoogte go
Scenic drives are one of many highlights of touring in South Africa Stellebosch space is just not an exclusion right here yow will discover some breathtaking roads and passes. The Helshoogte go is to not miss one, the highway winds up between the Stellenbosch mountains all the way in which to Franschhoek. The surroundings is spectacular; inexperienced hills, vineyards, flowers, and wonderful look-outs. Many well-known wine estates in Stellenbosch are positioned alongside the route, tasting at most of them is kind of dear nevertheless it’s value stopping there only for the views. Tokara is one among our favorites right here.
Go on an off-road journey
Off-road driving is kind of fashionable in South Africa. Many individuals have large 4×Four vehicles that they like taking over difficult drives on the weekends. In the event you really feel assured sufficient you may hire a 4×Four and check out driving one of many routes round Stellenbosch, a number of wine estates and farms within the space have tracks for off-road driving.
Helderberg Farm has a community of tracks for off-road driving. We went with our associates there and a few elements of the observe have been fairly hectic and required some abilities. We went with two vehicles (it’s endorsed in case one will get caught alongside the route): Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Hilux. You possibly can hire a automotive in Cape City simply be certain it’s 4×4.
In the event you’re not a really assured 4×Four driver however nonetheless wish to expertise an off-road drive you are able to do a personal 4×Four tour with an skilled guide-driver. The tour contains transportation out of your lodge in Stellenbosch, a 4×Four drive, and wine tasting at Three or Four wine estates.
Go to a sport reserve
If you wish to see African animals roaming free of their pure habitat don’t miss the chance to go to one of many personal sport reserves close to Stellenbosch. There are a number of estates the place you may see animals however if you wish to see the well-known Huge 5 (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and rhino) it’s best to go to Aquila Recreation Reserve, they’ve all these and plenty of different African animals. The reserve is about 150km from Stellenbosch. You possibly can keep at Aquila for an evening it’s an incredible place fairly dear although however the keep contains full board and sport drives.
An alternative choice to mix wine tasting with watching African wildlife is to hitch a 3-day Wildlife Safari and Winelands Tour from Cape City. In the course of the tour, you’ll go to a few wine estates, do wine tasting, do 4×Four safari drives to identify the Huge 5 and bush safari walks.
Issues to do for households with kids
Wine tasting is just not one of many kids’s favourite issues to do however in Stellenbosch there are some locations the place mother and father can get pleasure from wine and cheese tasking whereas children taking part in and operating round watching animals.
Meet cute goats at Fairview wine farm
It’s most likely the busiest farm within the space and one of many favourite locations for households with small children. At Fairview, adults can style a number of native wines and cheeses, delis and farm merchandise. There are completely different pairing combos to select from. Kids love cute little goats that stroll within the enclosure subsequent to the tasting room, there are bridges and even a tower the place goats like climbing. After tasting and taking part in with goats the entire household can get pleasure from lunch at Goatshed restaurant.
Style, eat and study at Spice Route
If you must select one place to go to with kids Spice Route most likely would be the best choice right here you may style just about something from native wines and beers for adults to chocolate and ice-cream tasting for youths. There are a number of artisans studios the place you may find out about latte artwork, glassblowing, winemaking, and so forth. In the event you and your kids get drained from tasting and studying you may enterprise on a hike following one of many HERO journey trails. In the event you get hungry there are a few eating places and low retailers with various menus.
Go to the Giraffe Home
A go to to the Giraffe Home close to Stellenbosch may be an fascinating expertise for you and your kids particularly in the event you don’t have any safari drives deliberate in your journey. This place is just not the identical as a safari park you received’t be capable to see the Huge 5 right here however you’ll see many different native animals like giraffes, zebras, all types of antelopes, meerkats, foxes, jackals, caracals, ostriches and extra.
|Mon-Solar||9am-5pm||Adults – ZAR 55/US$4
Kids – ZAR 35/US$2.5
If you wish to go to Fairview, Spice Route and Giraffe Home in at some point and even attempt to squeeze extra child-friendly actions there’s a good day tour from Cape City that will likely be very fascinating and entertaining for each adults and kids. The tour contains transportation out of your lodge within the metropolis, a go to to the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Fairview wine farm, Spice Route and Vengenoegs Wine Property the place kids can see day by day duck run.
Decide and eat strawberries
Do your children like strawberries? If sure, they may benefit from the Polkadraai strawberry farm close to Stellenbosch. Selecting up berries is just not the one enjoyable exercise right here there are extra like pony or tractor rides, face portray, mini-golf, and a giant playground for the small ones. You possibly can cease right here on the way in which from Cape City to Stellenbosch. This exercise is accessible from September to January, within the strawberry season.
|Mon-Solar||9am-4pm||From ZAR 40/US$3|
Admire tons of of lovely butterflies
In the event you and your children love butterflies it’s best to go to the Butterfly World close to Stellenbosch, the place seems to be like an actual paradise. An enormous greenhouse crammed with tropical vegetation and flowers, small ponds and tons of of colourful butterflies flying round. Apart from butterflies right here you may see unique birds and reptiles.
|Mon-Solar||9am-5pm||Adults – ZAR 88/US$6
Kids – ZAR 49/US$3.5
Stellenbosch journey value
Lodging – from ZAR160/US$13 for a dorm mattress (Stumble Inn Backpackers, not in reserving.com). Double room costs begin at ZAR480/US$40 for a small en-suite condo to ZAR2500/US$200 for a luxurious room or cottage at a wine property.
Consuming out – there are many fancy restaurant choices within the city and round. In the event you’re on a restricted price range slightly prepare dinner your self and attempt to eat out solely as soon as a day, it can value you between ZAR200/US$16 and ZAR500/US$41 pp for a meal. In case your price range is just not very restricted and also you get pleasure from good meals and wine your meals price range may be something between ZAR600/US$50 and ZAR1500/US$125 pp.
Actions – all will depend on what you wish to do. Mountaineering and MTB are your least expensive choices right here, common you pay ZAR40/US$3 pp for a allow. Wine tasting relying on a farm between ZAR30/US$2 to ZAR100/US$8 pp for 3 – 6 wines. In the event you go to Three wine estates in Stellenbosch it can value you between ZAR100 and ZAR200 pp. As a cash saving tip in the event you’re a pair do tasting for one particular person you get sufficient in your glass to style for each and one normally drives anyway.
Transport – hire a automotive is the best choice to maneuver across the farms and get to mountaineering trails. No must hire a giant 4×Four for this journey, a traditional sedan automotive will likely be greater than sufficient. In the event you’re on a good price range go for one among previous VW Chico Golf, they’re normally the most affordable choice, from ZAR149/US$12 per day (if hire for 7 days). In the event you’d prefer to discover wine estates in a elaborate method why to not hire a Porsche Cobra at the very least for a day?! These are two excessive choices a traditional automotive will value from ZAR250/US$20 per day. It would value you fairly a bit extra, from ZAR2800/US$230 per day. Keep in mind don’t drink and drive in the event you’d love to do a correct tasting slightly be a part of a tour or hire a automotive with a driver.
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