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 provides to its guests an excellent mixture of lovely wine estates, out of doors actions, positive eating places, and delightful surroundings. The city might be visited as a day journey from Cape City, it’s solely 50 km away, you’ll be able to spend right here a few days and go to Franschhoek as nicely or cease right here on the way in which to the Garen Route.
Other ways to go to Stellenbosch from Cape City
Renting a automobile is the simplest approach to transfer round in South Africa to lease a smallish automobile for a few days is just not costly particularly in case you’re a few folks touring collectively or a household with babies. To drive round Stellenbosch you don’t want a giant 4×Four automobile (until you need to do some off-road driving) all roads are tarred.
Recommended automobiles to lease for the journey
In the event you don’t need to lease a automobile one of the best ways to go to Stellenbosch and its environment is by becoming a member of a day tour from Cape City. The tour consists of transportation, visiting 5 wine estates and wine and meals pairing. In the event you’d like to go to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in in the future you’ll be able to be 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 non-public full-day wine tour from the Mom Metropolis.
In the event you don’t have in the future 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 but it surely’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 is likely to be a superb possibility 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 individuals who like out of doors actions, good wine, and scrumptious meals, there are a number of locations across the city which might be excellent for vacationers with youngsters. In the event you surprise what to do in Stellenbosch listed below are our strategies.
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 need to take pleasure in an ideal wine and meals pairing and go to a number of the best wine estates within the space you’ll be able to be 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 without doubt one of the most stunning 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 situated at Helshoogte Street one that provides essentially 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 simply too costly for you, it’s price 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 excellent view the place you’ll be able to have lunch or dinner.
Soar on a hop-on-hop-off wine bus
Hop-on-hop-off wine bus is an effective way of visiting a number of wine farms and doing tasting with out worrying about ingesting and driving, you’ll be able to style as a lot as you need. The bus stops at huge 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 positive wines at Delair Graff
One other wine property with superb 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 stunning gardens and halls you’ll discover fascinating canvas and sculptures. Evidently, the restaurant on the property provides beautiful delicacies you’ll be able to have lunch or attempt their tasting menu and wine pairing.
There are a few luxurious cottages on the property the place you’ll be able to keep for an evening it seems superb 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’ll be able to style candy and dry glowing wines, wines made by Methode Cap Classique (champagne), do a pairing with rose nougat, chocolate truffles or contemporary 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 incredible 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 many others. There’s a restaurant and a bakery on the property. You may have lunch or dinner with wine pairing.
It’s an ideal place for a romantic keep as nicely they’ve stunning rooms overlooking the vineyards. You may take pleasure in 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’ll be able to style the entire vary of South African wines Simonsig Property is the correct place. Right here you will discover a variety of wines from glowing and candy to Chennin Blanc and Pinotage. It’s a stunning place, hidden within the vineyards, with a pleasant restaurant and a beautiful exterior 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 nicely with ice on a sizzling summer time day. Chardonnay was our favourite right here, the Chenin Blanc was very fruity, robust pineapple – tropical fruit aromas. You may 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 in all our favourite markets within the Cape City space. It will get fairly busy but it surely’s all the time lots of enjoyable to be right here. The number of meals and drinks is unbelievable 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 occasional. One of the best ways to attempt as a lot as you’ll be able to 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 excellent place to return with youngsters there’s a enormous youngsters’s space with leaping castles, climbing ropes, small swimming pools, and many others. children find it irresistible right here. Don’t come right here early earlier than 10am there’s not a lot happening until then. In the event you’re a gaggle 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 pals’ picnic occasion the place everyone is aware of one another. Right here you will discover home-made preserves, merchandise from native farmers, regional wines, helpful 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 huge you will get strolling just about in every single place. Issues to not miss within the city:
The College Campus – there’s all the time one thing particular in visiting huge Universities. Stellenbosch College is a gaggle of lovely buildings with a pleasant courtyard. To get into the scholar spirit go and drink espresso on the Neelsie Scholar Middle, they’ve good espresso and pastries.
The Botanical Backyard – a small however stunning and quiet backyard run by the College with a pleasant espresso store inside.
Dorp Steet – one of many major vacationer streets in Stellenbosch, previous oak timber on each side of the street, previous homes constructed within the Cape Dutch structure fashion, many eating places, artwork galleries, and craft outlets.
The Rupert Museum – a non-public 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’ll be able to be part of a historic strolling tour. On the tour, you’ll study in regards to the basis of Stellenbosch, completely different inhabitants of the world, and the well-known graduates of the College. The tour is a pleasant introduction to the city and its historical past.
Wander by Dylan Lewis’ sculpture backyard
Dylan Lewis is a well-known South African sculpture. His studio is situated close to Stellenbosch, the backyard is part of the studio the place you’ll be able to see a number of the artists’ works. The backyard, the encompassing surroundings, and the sculptures coexist in excellent 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 really helpful. 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|
Beneficial South Africa books and guidebooks
Journey & out of doors 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 by vineyards and mountains as nicely.
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 exterior 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 convey sufficient water 1,5l per particular person and a few snacks. This hike will take just about half of the day, in summer time it’s extremely really helpful to begin early morning to finish the ascent earlier than it will get too sizzling.
It’s not a really helpful exercise if in case you have solely in the future in Stellenbosch you merely could have no time left to do anything. We wouldn’t advocate mountaineering alone if in case you have no firm a minimum of 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 but it surely’s all the time 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 need to spend the entire day mountaineering you’ll be able to 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 superb brief 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 reasonable ascents and descents. It provides some nice views of the world, particularly from the look-out level.
If mountaineering doesn’t sound thrilling sufficient you’ll be able to attempt to free-wheel down the slopes (not very steep although) on a downhill scooter tour by the Jonkershoek reserve. Benefit from the easy trip, the breathtaking surroundings, and a contemporary breeze and don’t neglect to cease for pictures at a number of look-outs on the way in which.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
|Each 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 brief and one lengthy mountaineering trails. It is likely to be a greater possibility for vacationers with babies than Jonkershoek. There are 5 completely different mountaineering routes;
- Inexperienced Route – 1,8km, straightforward, 50min.
- Pink Route – 4,5km, moderate-easy, 1h20min.
- Yellow Route – 5,8km, reasonable, 2h.
- Blue Route – 9km, reasonable, 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 world you’ll be able to see Desk Mountain and the ocean. There’s a beautiful tea backyard on the farm the place you will get a lightweight meal or cake with espresso after mountaineering.
|Each 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 the most effective place to return for households with youngsters 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 may just about spend right here the entire morning and no one will probably be bored.
The mountaineering trails vary from brief 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 a minimum of half of a day to finish
- Again’s Farm – 35km route too lengthy for strolling the entire far more appropriate for biking.
|Each day||9am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 80/US$5.5
Kids – ZAR 40/US$3
Visiting Dirtopia Path middle at Delvera Farm
The farm is situated 10km exterior Stellenbosch. The path middle has all kinds of sports activities occasions like MTB races, path working, full Moon hikes and extra enjoyable actions. You don’t have to participate in any of the occasions you’ll be able to 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 provides breathtaking views of Cape City and the Winelands.
- The Winery Stroll – 6km path by the vineyards you get an opportunity to see pink and white wine cultivars.
- The Chook Stroll – 1,3km brief path to the dam that’s extremely really helpful for fowl lovers, right here you’ll be able to see completely different geese, geese, weavers, pheasants, and many others.
Dirtopia Path middle
|Each day||8am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Kids – ZAR 20/US$2
What to take/to put on for mountaineering in Stellenbosch
- Comfy sneakers you gained’t want heavy boots however a superb pair of mountaineering sneakers (in case 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 many others.
- A water bottle. Faucet water in Cape City is ok to drink however for stream or river water, I’d advocate utilizing a filter.
- Sunscreen is strongly really helpful suggest when doing any out of doors actions in South Africa.
Exploring the world round Stellenbosch by bike is one other widespread exercise. There are a lot of biking and MTBking routes of various lengths and issue.
Journey from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek on an electrical bike
A pleasant exercise that doesn’t require a superb biking form you’ll be able to take pleasure in a straightforward trip on an electrical bike, admire the attractive surroundings of Cape Winelands, style a number of the best wines within the nation and revel in a scrumptious lunch. It’s an effective way to spend a day trip, to fulfill 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 by the attractive vineyards – the Historic bike and wine tasting tour is an ideal possibility 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 is likely to be the most effective place in Stellenbosch to return for MTB or biking as a result of you’ll be able to lease a bicycle right here. You may lease a standard bike or an electrical one. There are two biking trails;
- Porcupine Path – 15km with some ups and downs
- The Farm Path – 6km, a straightforward route, good for newbies
Biking by the vineyards at Spice Route
Just about each path of the Spice Route I discussed within the mountaineering part might be cycled as nicely, it’s a enjoyable place to return for the morning there are various issues to do and to attempt from chocolate and occasional to wine and cheese. It’s most likely some of the family-friendly farms in Stellenbosch. The one drawback, they don’t lease bikes right here you’ll need to convey a motorcycle. You may lease bikes in Stellenbosch.
Go on a MTB journey
MTBking by the Paradyskloof plantation. That is extra of a wild expertise, the observe (a slender dust path) goes by the forest, generally it’s fairly steep it’s not for newbies. The space of the one observe is 11km. You’ll want your personal bike, there are a few locations in Stellenbosch the place you’ll be able to lease it for a few hours.
Exploring the Coetzenburg MTB Trails. One other single-track path on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains by the Eden forestry space. There are 5 tracks all require some expertise and expertise. There is no such thing as a infrastructure close by, it’s a cool place to return for an adventurous trip however not appropriate for a household exercise.
Benefit from the scenic drive over the Helshoogte move
Scenic drives are one of many highlights of touring in South Africa Stellebosch space is just not an exclusion right here you will discover some breathtaking roads and passes. The Helshoogte move is to not miss one, the street winds up between the Stellenbosch mountains all the way in which to Franschhoek. The surroundings is spectacular; inexperienced hills, vineyards, flowers, and superb look-outs. Many well-known wine estates in Stellenbosch are situated alongside the route, tasting at most of them is kind of dear but it surely’s price stopping there only for the views. Tokara is one in all our favorites right here.
Go on an off-road journey
Off-road driving is kind of widespread in South Africa. Many individuals have huge 4×Four automobiles that they like taking up difficult drives on the weekends. In the event you really feel assured sufficient you’ll be able to lease 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 pals there and a few components of the observe have been fairly hectic and required some expertise. We went with two automobiles (it is strongly recommended in case one will get caught alongside the route): Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Hilux. You may lease a automobile in Cape City simply make sure that it’s 4×4.
In the event you’re not a really assured 4×Four driver however nonetheless need to expertise an off-road drive you are able to do a non-public 4×Four tour with an skilled guide-driver. The tour consists of 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 non-public sport reserves close to Stellenbosch. There are a number of estates the place you’ll be able to see animals however if you wish to see the well-known Large 5 (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and rhino) it’s best to go to Aquila Sport Reserve, they’ve all these and plenty of different African animals. The reserve is about 150km from Stellenbosch. You may keep at Aquila for an evening it’s a tremendous place fairly dear although however the keep consists of full board and sport drives.
An alternative choice to mix wine tasting with watching African wildlife is to affix 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 Large 5 and bush safari walks.
Issues to do for households with youngsters
Wine tasting is just not one of many youngsters’s favourite issues to do however in Stellenbosch there are some locations the place dad and mom can take pleasure in wine and cheese tasking whereas children enjoying and working 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 mixtures 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 enjoying with goats the entire household can take pleasure in lunch at Goatshed restaurant.
Style, eat and study at Spice Route
If you must select one place to go to with youngsters Spice Route most likely would be the best choice right here you’ll be able to 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’ll be able to find out about latte artwork, glassblowing, winemaking, and many others. In the event you and your youngsters get drained from tasting and studying you’ll be able to enterprise on a hike following one of many HERO journey trails. In the event you get hungry there are a few eating places and occasional outlets with various menus.
Go to the Giraffe Home
A go to to the Giraffe Home close to Stellenbosch is likely to be an fascinating expertise for you and your youngsters particularly in case you don’t have any safari drives deliberate on your journey. This place is just not the identical as a safari park you gained’t have the ability to see the Large 5 right here however you’ll see many different native animals like giraffes, zebras, all kinds 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 in the future and even attempt to squeeze extra child-friendly actions there’s a excellent day tour from Cape City that will probably be very fascinating and entertaining for each adults and youngsters. The tour consists of 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 youngsters can see each day duck run.
Choose and eat strawberries
Do your children like strawberries? If sure, they are going to 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 may cease right here on the way in which from Cape City to Stellenbosch. This exercise is on the market from September to January, within the strawberry season.
|Mon-Solar||9am-4pm||From ZAR 40/US$3|
Admire lots 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 like an actual paradise. An enormous greenhouse full of tropical crops and flowers, small ponds and lots of of colourful butterflies flying round. Apart from butterflies right here you’ll be able to see unique birds and reptiles.
|Mon-Solar||9am-5pm||Adults – ZAR 88/US$6
Kids – ZAR 49/US$3.5
Stellenbosch journey price
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 condominium 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 finances moderately cook dinner your self and attempt to eat out solely as soon as a day, it can price you between ZAR200/US$16 and ZAR500/US$41 pp for a meal. In case your finances is just not very restricted and also you take pleasure in good meals and wine your meals finances might be something between ZAR600/US$50 and ZAR1500/US$125 pp.
Actions – all relies on what you need to do. Climbing 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 price you between ZAR100 and ZAR200 pp. As a cash saving tip in case you’re a pair do tasting for one particular person you get sufficient in your glass to style for each and one often drives anyway.
Transport – lease a automobile is the simplest possibility to maneuver across the farms and get to mountaineering trails. No have to lease a giant 4×Four for this journey, a standard sedan automobile will probably be greater than sufficient. In the event you’re on a good finances go for one in all previous VW Chico Golf, they’re often the most affordable possibility, from ZAR149/US$12 per day (if lease for 7 days). In the event you’d prefer to discover wine estates in a elaborate manner why to not lease a Porsche Cobra a minimum of for a day?! These are two excessive choices a standard automobile will price from ZAR250/US$20 per day. It can price you fairly a bit extra, from ZAR2800/US$230 per day. Keep in mind don’t drink and drive in case you’d love to do a correct tasting moderately be part of a tour or lease a automobile with a driver.
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