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 presents to its guests an amazing mixture of gorgeous wine estates, out of doors actions, fantastic eating places, and delightful surroundings. The city may be visited as a day journey from Cape City, it’s solely 50 km away, you possibly can spend right here a few days and go to Franschhoek as effectively or cease right here on the best way to the Garen Route.
Other ways to go to Stellenbosch from Cape City
Renting a automotive
Renting a automotive is the simplest option to transfer round in South Africa to lease a smallish automotive for a few days shouldn’t be costly particularly in case you’re a few individuals touring collectively or a household with babies. To drive round Stellenbosch you don’t want a giant 4×Four automotive (until you need to do some off-road driving) all roads are tarred.
Instructed automobiles to lease for the journey
Becoming a member of a day tour from Cape City
Should you don’t need to lease a automotive one of the simplest ways 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. Should you’d like to go to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in in the future you possibly can be part of one other tour from Cape City that takes you to wine estates in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl.
Should you don’t like group excursions you are able to do a non-public full-day wine tour from the Mom Metropolis.
Should 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.
Should 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 an excellent choice this manner you’ll get to see the town and its environment, meet new individuals 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 can be excellent for vacationers with kids. Should you marvel what to do in Stellenbosch listed below are our solutions.
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Finest foody things 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.
Should 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 possibly can 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
For my part, Tokara is likely one of 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 Highway 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 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 amazing view the place you possibly can 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 being concerned about consuming and driving, you possibly can 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 fantastic 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 lovely gardens and halls you’ll discover attention-grabbing canvas and sculptures. Evidently, the restaurant on the property presents beautiful delicacies you possibly can have lunch or attempt their tasting menu and wine pairing.
There are a few luxurious cottages on the property the place you possibly can keep for an evening it seems to be 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 worth 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 possibly can 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 high wine farms in South Africa. The situation of the place is nice, in the midst 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 experience, 3-course department with native white wines, and many others. There’s a restaurant and a bakery on the property. You’ll be able to 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’ll be able to 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 possibly can style the entire vary of South African wines Simonsig Property is the fitting place. Right here you 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 favored the Brut (although we’re not the largest glowing wine lovers). Their white wines are fruity and can go effectively with ice on a scorching summer season day. Chardonnay was our favourite right here, the Chenin Blanc was very fruity, sturdy pineapple – tropical fruit aromas. You’ll be able to 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 at all times plenty 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 numerous vegetarian and vegan dishes, candy stalls, ice lotions, juices, craft beer, wine, and occasional. The easiest way to attempt as a lot as you possibly can 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 amazing place to return with kids there’s a enormous kids’s space with leaping castles, climbing ropes, small swimming pools, and many others. youngsters adore it right here. Don’t come right here early earlier than 10am there may be not a lot happening until then. Should 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 far smaller than Route 44, it’s extra like coming to a associates’ picnic occasion the place everyone is aware of one another. Right here you 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 heart shouldn’t be large you will get strolling just about in all places. Things 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 gaggle of gorgeous 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 bushes on either side of the highway, previous homes constructed within the Cape Dutch structure fashion, many eating places, artwork galleries, and craft retailers.
The Rupert Museum – a non-public artwork museum with a group of work and sculptures of South African artists.
Should you’d wish to know extra in regards to the historical past of Stellenbosch you possibly can be part of a historic strolling tour. On the tour, you’ll be taught 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 means of 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 possibly can 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 be taught extra about conventional life-style a go to to the Village Museum is extremely beneficial. 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|
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Journey & out of doors actions in Stellenbosch
There are numerous mountaineering trails round Stellenbosch together with hikes within the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, there are a few wine estates which have strolling routes by means of vineyards and mountains as effectively.
Go on a difficult Panorama route hike at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Occurring 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 best way all the way down to the underside. It’s a difficult hike that requires good bodily situations. It takes between 6 and seven hours to finish the route. Hikers should carry 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 beneficial to start out early morning to finish the ascent earlier than it will get too scorching.
It’s not a beneficial exercise when you’ve got solely in the future in Stellenbosch you merely can have no time left to do anything. We wouldn’t advocate mountaineering alone when you’ve got no firm not less than attempt to hike on the weekend when there are extra individuals on the route. We’ve carried out this route a number of instances and by no means had any unhealthy experience but it surely’s at all times higher to take precautions.
Hike one of many shorter and simpler routes at Jonkershoek
Should you don’t have a lot time or simply don’t need to spend the entire day mountaineering you possibly can 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 settle down after the stroll. The Swartboskloof to Sosyskloof route is a 7-km hike with average ascents and descents. It presents some nice views of the world, particularly from the look-out level.
If mountaineering doesn’t sound thrilling sufficient you possibly can attempt to free-wheel down the slopes (not very steep although) on a downhill scooter tour by means of the Jonkershoek reserve. Benefit from the easy experience, the breathtaking surroundings, and a contemporary breeze and don’t overlook to cease for images at a number of look-outs on the best way.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
|Every 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 choice for vacationers with babies 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 supply beautiful views over the world you possibly can 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.
|Every day||8am – 5.30pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Kids – ZAR 25/US$2
Exploring HERO journey trails at Spice Route
That is in all probability the very best place to return for households with kids as a result of there are such a lot of things to do, to be taught and to attempt right here apart from mountaineering. You’ll be able to just about spend right here the entire morning and no person might be bored.
The mountaineering trails vary from brief 2,5km routes to 35km tracks (catered for cyclists);
- Chok-o-track – a 100m pump monitor for youths
- Younger Farmers – 2,5km, a brief and straightforward 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 not less than half of a day to finish
- Again’s Farm – 35km route too lengthy for strolling the entire far more appropriate for biking.
|Every day||9am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 80/US$5.5
Kids – ZAR 40/US$3
Visiting Dirtopia Path heart at Delvera Farm
The farm is positioned 10km outdoors Stellenbosch. The path heart 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 possibly can 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 presents breathtaking views of Cape City and the Winelands.
- The Winery Stroll – 6km path by means of the vineyards you get an opportunity to see purple and white wine cultivars.
- The Fowl Stroll – 1,3km brief path to the dam that’s extremely beneficial for chook lovers, right here you possibly can see completely different geese, geese, weavers, pheasants, and many others.
Dirtopia Path heart
|Every day||8am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Kids – ZAR 20/US$2
What to take/to put on for mountaineering in Stellenbosch
- Snug footwear you gained’t want heavy boots however an excellent pair of mountaineering footwear (in case you’re planning on doing one of many longer routes within the mountains) or simply snug 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 beneficial indicate when doing any out of doors actions in South Africa.
Exploring the world round Stellenbosch by bike is one other in style exercise. There are numerous 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 an excellent biking form you possibly can take pleasure in a straightforward experience on an electrical bike, admire the gorgeous 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 individuals 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 means of the gorgeous vineyards – the Historic bike and wine tasting tour is an ideal choice for you. Throughout 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 very best place in Stellenbosch to return for MTB or biking as a result of you possibly can lease a bicycle right here. You’ll be able to 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 means of 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 return for the morning there are a lot of things to do and to attempt from chocolate and occasional to wine and cheese. It’s in all probability one of the vital family-friendly farms in Stellenbosch. The one downside, they don’t lease bikes right here you’ll need to carry a motorbike. You’ll be able to lease bikes in Stellenbosch.
Go on a MTB journey
MTBking by means of the Paradyskloof plantation. That is extra of a wild experience, the monitor (a slim grime path) goes by means of the forest, generally it’s fairly steep it’s not for newbies. The gap of the one monitor is 11km. You’ll want your personal bike, there are a few locations in Stellenbosch the place you possibly can lease it for a few hours.
Exploring the Coetzenburg MTB Trails. One other single-track path on the slopes of the Stellenbosch Mountains by means of the Eden forestry space. There are 5 tracks all require some expertise and experience. There isn’t any infrastructure close by, it’s a cool place to return for an adventurous experience 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 shouldn’t be an exclusion right here you will discover some breathtaking roads and passes. The Helshoogte move is to not miss one, the highway winds up between the Stellenbosch mountains all the best way to Franschhoek. The surroundings is spectacular; inexperienced hills, vineyards, flowers, and superb look-outs. Many well-known wine estates in Stellenbosch are positioned alongside the route, tasting at most of them is kind of expensive 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 in style in South Africa. Many individuals have large 4×Four automobiles that they like taking over difficult drives on the weekends. Should you really feel assured sufficient you possibly can 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 associates there and a few elements of the monitor have been fairly hectic and required some expertise. We went with two automobiles (it’s endorsed in case one will get caught alongside the route): Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Hilux. You’ll be able to lease a automotive in Cape City simply be certain that it’s 4×4.
Should you’re not a really assured 4×Four driver however nonetheless need to experience an off-road drive you are able to do a non-public 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 recreation 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 recreation reserves close to Stellenbosch. There are a number of estates the place you possibly can see animals however if you wish to see the well-known Huge 5 (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and rhino) you must go to Aquila Recreation Reserve, they’ve all these and lots of different African animals. The reserve is about 150km from Stellenbosch. You’ll be able to keep at Aquila for an evening it’s an incredible place fairly expensive although however the keep contains full board and recreation drives.
Another choice to mix wine tasting with watching African wildlife is to affix a 3-day Wildlife Safari and Winelands Tour from Cape City. Throughout 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.
Things to do for households with kids
Wine tasting shouldn’t be one of many kids’s favourite things to do however in Stellenbosch there are some locations the place mother and father can take pleasure in wine and cheese tasking whereas youngsters enjoying and operating round watching animals.
Meet cute goats at Fairview wine farm
It’s in all probability the busiest farm within the space and one of many favourite locations for households with small youngsters. 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 be taught at Spice Route
If you must select one place to go to with kids Spice Route in all probability would be the most suitable choice right here you possibly can 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 possibly can study latte artwork, glassblowing, winemaking, and many others. Should you and your kids get drained from tasting and studying you possibly can enterprise on a hike following one of many HERO journey trails. Should you get hungry there are a few eating places and occasional retailers with numerous menus.
Go to the Giraffe Home
A go to to the Giraffe Home close to Stellenbosch is likely to be an attention-grabbing experience for you and your kids particularly in case you don’t have any safari drives deliberate in your journey. This place shouldn’t be the identical as a safari park you gained’t be capable of 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 in the future and even attempt to squeeze extra child-friendly actions there’s a excellent day tour from Cape City that might be very attention-grabbing 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 every day duck run.
Choose and eat strawberries
Do your youngsters like strawberries? If sure, they are going to benefit from the Polkadraai strawberry farm close to Stellenbosch. Selecting up berries shouldn’t be 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’ll be able to cease right here on the best way from Cape City to Stellenbosch. This exercise is out there from September to January, within the strawberry season.
|Mon-Solar||9am-4pm||From ZAR 40/US$3|
Admire a whole bunch of gorgeous butterflies
Should you and your youngsters love butterflies you must go to the Butterfly World close to Stellenbosch, the place seems to be like an actual paradise. A large greenhouse crammed with tropical crops and flowers, small ponds and a whole bunch of colourful butterflies flying round. Apart from butterflies right here you possibly can 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. Should you’re on a restricted price range relatively cook dinner your self and attempt to eat out solely as soon as a day, it should value you between ZAR200/US$16 and ZAR500/US$41 pp for a meal. In case your price range shouldn’t be very restricted and also you take pleasure in 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 need to do. Mountain climbing and MTB are your most cost-effective 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. Should you go to Three wine estates in Stellenbosch it should value 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 normally drives anyway.
Transport – lease a automotive is the simplest choice to maneuver across the farms and get to mountaineering trails. No have to lease a giant 4×Four for this journey, a standard sedan automotive might be greater than sufficient. Should you’re on a decent price range go for one in all previous VW Chico Golf, they’re normally the most cost effective choice, from ZAR149/US$12 per day (if lease for 7 days). Should you’d wish to discover wine estates in a elaborate approach why to not lease a Porsche Cobra not less than for a day?! These are two excessive choices a standard automotive will value from ZAR250/US$20 per day. It is going to value you fairly a bit extra, from ZAR2800/US$230 per day. Bear in mind don’t drink and drive in case you’d love to do a correct tasting relatively be part of a tour or lease a automotive with a driver.
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