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 a fantastic mixture of gorgeous wine estates, out of doors actions, tremendous eating places, and exquisite surroundings. The city will 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 properly or cease right here on the best way to the Garen Route.
Alternative ways to go to Stellenbosch from Cape City
Renting a automotive is the best method to transfer round in South Africa to lease a smallish automotive for a few days is just not costly particularly in case you’re a few individuals touring collectively or a household with babies. To drive round Stellenbosch you don’t want an enormous 4×Four automotive (except you need to do some off-road driving) all roads are tarred.
Urged automobiles to lease for the journey
In case you don’t need to lease a automotive 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 case you’d like to go to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in at some point 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 case you don’t like group excursions you are able to do a non-public full-day wine tour from the Mom Metropolis.
In case 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 case you’re planning to journey alone becoming a member of a 5-day Cape City and Winelands tour by Intrepid Journey is perhaps a very good possibility this fashion you’ll get to see 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 might be good for vacationers with kids. In case you marvel what to do in Stellenbosch listed here are our ideas.
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.
In case you’re need to get pleasure from 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 should drive your self.
Get pleasure from 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 Highway one that provides 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 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 a fantastic 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 a good way of visiting a number of wine farms and doing tasting with out being concerned about consuming and driving, you’ll be able to style as a lot as you need. The bus stops at massive and famend wine estates like Spier to smaller handicraft farms like Alto Property in addition to on the Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery. A calming day of wine tasting, gorgeous views of the vineyards and nice wine are assured.
Admire environment and style tremendous 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 stunning gardens and halls you’ll discover fascinating canvas and sculptures. Evidently, the restaurant on the property presents beautiful delicacies you’ll be able to have lunch or strive 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 appears to be like wonderful although it’s very costly, a form of place to remain for a really big day.
There are extra luxurious lodging choices close by for a extra reasonably priced 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 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 improbable 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 so on. 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 properly they’ve stunning rooms overlooking the vineyards. You may 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’ll be able to style the entire vary of South African wines Simonsig Property is the precise place. Right here you could find 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 properly 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 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 every of our favourite markets within the Cape City space. It will get fairly busy nevertheless it’s at all times a variety of 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 lots of vegetarian and vegan dishes, candy stalls, ice lotions, juices, craft beer, wine, and low. The easiest way to strive 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 a fantastic place to come back with kids there’s a big kids’s space with leaping castles, climbing ropes, small swimming pools, and so on. children adore it right here. Don’t come right here early earlier than 10am there may be not a lot happening until then. In case you’re a gaggle of individuals and wish 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 mates’ picnic get together the place everyone is aware of one another. Right here you could find 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 is just not massive you may get strolling just about all over the place. Things to not miss within the city:
The College Campus – there may be at all times one thing particular in visiting massive 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 Heart, 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 essential vacationer streets in Stellenbosch, outdated oak bushes on each side of the highway, outdated 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.
In case you’d prefer to know extra concerning the historical past of Stellenbosch you’ll be able to be part of a historic strolling tour. On the tour, you’ll be taught concerning the basis of Stellenbosch, totally 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 way of 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 good concord.
solely by appointment
(final entry 3.30pm)
|Adults – ZAR 150/US$10
Youngsters – 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 way of life a go to to the Village Museum is extremely beneficial. The museum consists of 4 outdated restored homes with an genuine inside.
|Mon-Sat||9am-5pm||Adults – ZAR 80/US$5.5|
|Solar (April-August)||10am-1pm||Youngsters – free|
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Journey & out of doors actions in Stellenbosch
There are lots of climbing trails round Stellenbosch together with hikes within the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, there are a few wine estates which have strolling routes by way of vineyards and mountains as properly.
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 exterior 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 convey 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 sizzling.
It’s not a beneficial exercise you probably have solely at some point in Stellenbosch you merely may have no time left to do the rest. We wouldn’t suggest climbing alone you probably have no firm at the least attempt to hike on the weekend when there are extra individuals on the route. We’ve executed this route a number of instances and by no means had any unhealthy experience nevertheless it’s at all times higher to take precautions.
Hike one of many shorter and simpler routes at Jonkershoek
In case you don’t have a lot time or simply don’t need to spend the entire day climbing you’ll be able to nonetheless go to the reserve and do one of many shorter climbing routes, that can 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 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 climbing 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 way of 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 best way.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
|Each day||7.30am – 4pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Youngsters – 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 climbing trails. It is perhaps a greater possibility for vacationers with babies than Jonkershoek. There are 5 totally different climbing routes;
- Inexperienced Route – 1,8km, simple, 50min.
- Purple Route – 4,5km, moderate-easy, 1h20min.
- Yellow Route – 5,8km, average, 2h.
- Blue Route – 9km, average, steep uphill, 3h30min.
- Brown Route – 11km+, troublesome, 4-9 hours, relying on how far you stroll on the highest.
The three longer routes provide gorgeous 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 may get a light-weight meal or cake with espresso after climbing.
|Each day||8am – 5.30pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Youngsters – ZAR 25/US$2
Exploring HERO journey trails at Spice Route
That is in all probability the perfect place to come back for households with kids as a result of there are such a lot of things to do, to be taught and to strive right here in addition to climbing. You may just about spend right here the entire morning and no person might be bored.
The climbing trails vary from quick 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 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 can take at the least 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
Youngsters – ZAR 40/US$3
Visiting Dirtopia Path heart at Delvera Farm
The farm is situated 10km exterior Stellenbosch. The path heart 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 individual factor. There are three climbing 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 way of the vineyards you get an opportunity to see pink and white wine cultivars.
- The Chook Stroll – 1,3km quick path to the dam that’s extremely beneficial for fowl lovers, right here you’ll be able to see totally different geese, geese, weavers, pheasants, and so on.
Dirtopia Path heart
|Each day||8am – 5pm||Adults – ZAR 50/US$4
Youngsters – ZAR 20/US$2
What to take/to put on for climbing in Stellenbosch
- Comfy sneakers you gained’t want heavy boots however a very good pair of climbing sneakers (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 so on.
- A water bottle. Faucet water in Cape City is okay to drink however for stream or river water, I’d suggest utilizing a filter.
- Sunscreen is strongly beneficial suggest 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 lots 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 very good biking form you’ll be able to get pleasure from a straightforward journey on an electrical bike, admire the gorgeous surroundings of Cape Winelands, style a number of the best wines within the nation and luxuriate in a scrumptious lunch. It’s a good 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 should 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 way of the gorgeous vineyards – the Historic bike and wine tasting tour is an ideal possibility 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 perhaps the perfect place in Stellenbosch to come back for MTB or biking as a result of you’ll be able to lease a bicycle right here. You may lease 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 straightforward route, good for inexperienced persons
Biking by way of the vineyards at Spice Route
Just about each path of the Spice Route I discussed within the climbing part will be cycled as properly, it’s a enjoyable place to come back for the morning there are various things to do and to strive from chocolate and low to wine and cheese. It’s in all probability one of the family-friendly farms in Stellenbosch. The one downside, they don’t lease bikes right here you’ll should convey a motorbike. You may lease bikes in Stellenbosch.
Go on a MTB journey
MTBking by way of the Paradyskloof plantation. That is extra of a wild experience, the monitor (a slender filth path) goes by way of the forest, typically it’s fairly steep it’s not for inexperienced persons. The gap of the one monitor is 11km. You’ll want your individual 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 way of the Eden forestry space. There are 5 tracks all require some abilities and experience. There isn’t any 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 you could find some breathtaking roads and passes. The Helshoogte go 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 wonderful look-outs. Many well-known wine estates in Stellenbosch are situated alongside the route, tasting at most of them is sort of dear nevertheless it’s price stopping there only for the views. Tokara is one in every of our favorites right here.
Go on an off-road journey
Off-road driving is sort of in style in South Africa. Many individuals have massive 4×Four automobiles that they like taking up difficult drives on the weekends. In case 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 mates there and a few components of the monitor had been fairly hectic and required some abilities. We went with two automobiles (it’s endorsed in case one will get caught alongside the route): Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Hilux. You may lease a automotive in Cape City simply make certain it’s 4×4.
In case 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 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 Massive 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 may keep at Aquila for an evening it’s an incredible 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 hitch 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 Massive 5 and bush safari walks.
Things to do for households with kids
Wine tasting is just not one of many kids’s favourite things to do however in Stellenbosch there are some locations the place dad and mom can get pleasure from wine and cheese tasking whereas children taking part in and working 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 children. At Fairview, adults can style a number of native wines and cheeses, delis and farm merchandise. There are totally different pairing mixtures to select from. Youngsters 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 be taught at Spice Route
If you must select one place to go to with kids Spice Route in all probability 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 so on. In case you and your kids get drained from tasting and studying you’ll be able to enterprise on a hike following one of many HERO journey trails. In case 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 is perhaps an fascinating experience for you and your kids 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 Massive 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
Youngsters – 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 might 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 kids can see each day duck run.
Choose 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 an enormous playground for the small ones. You may cease right here on the best way 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 a whole bunch of gorgeous butterflies
In case you and your children love butterflies you must go to the Butterfly World close to Stellenbosch, the place appears to be like like an actual paradise. A large greenhouse stuffed with tropical crops and flowers, small ponds and a whole bunch 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
Youngsters – 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 residence 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 case you’re on a restricted funds somewhat 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 funds is just not very restricted and also you get pleasure from good meals and wine your meals funds will be something between ZAR600/US$50 and ZAR1500/US$125 pp.
Actions – all will depend on what you need to do. Mountaineering 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. In case you go to Three wine estates in Stellenbosch it can 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 often drives anyway.
Transport – lease a automotive is the best possibility to maneuver across the farms and get to climbing trails. No have to lease an enormous 4×Four for this journey, a traditional sedan automotive might be greater than sufficient. In case you’re on a good funds go for one in every of outdated VW Chico Golf, they’re often the most affordable possibility, from ZAR149/US$12 per day (if lease for 7 days). In case you’d prefer to discover wine estates in a elaborate approach why to not lease a Porsche Cobra at the least for a day?! These are two excessive choices a traditional automotive will value from ZAR250/US$20 per day. It can 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 somewhat be part of a tour or lease a automotive with a driver.
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