Stellenbosch

Time needed: 1 Day(s) to 3 Day(s)

Oak lined avenues, gabled Cape Dutch buildings, majestic mountains and rolling vineyards create the setting for the historic town of Stellenbosch. Located in the heart of the Jonkershoek Valley and on the banks of the Eerste River, Stellenbosch is steeped in history and is one of the premier wine producing areas in the country.

The town was founded by Simon van der Stel, the first Governor of the Cape, and is also home to the oldest university in the country with roots dating back to 1866. Walking the streets of Stellenbosch, the visitor will get a sense of a bygone era with a variety of historic buildings and museums to visit as well as quaint shops, cafes and restaurants.

Surrounding the town the fertile soils of this picturesque valley are lined with vineyards and the Stellenbosch wine route includes hundreds of estates which are open to visitors for wine tasting and cellar tours. Beautiful whitewashed homesteads are set in manicured gardens - ideal for picnics and al fresco dining.