A Day trip in Stellenbosch

A visit to Stellenbosch is a must when visiting South Africa.  Being the second oldest town in South Africa and known as a university town, there is something for everyone.  It is a great day visit, being only about 50 kilometres from Cape Town, or stay the weekend and get the most out of your visit.  Here are some ideas of what to do :

Activities in the area

The most popular activity for visiting Stellenbosch would be the Wine Route. 

Stellenbosch is known for its award-winning wines and visiting the estates; you will taste these wines and learn more about the process.  

Most estates offer tours of their cellars ending with a wine tasting.  Others provide great food pairings of their wines.  Pairings include biltong, chocolates and even candyfloss and ice cream.

With Stellenbosch dating back to when the first European settlers arrived in South Africa, this town has a rich history.  Stroll down Dorp Street, visit the University, the Village Museum and Oom Samie se Winkel.  Should you like to learn more about the town’s history, why not book a guided tour.  

There is a little more to just wine and history to the town fo Stellenbosch.  It has fast become an excellent area for outdoor activities.  There is plenty of mountain bike and running trails.  You can rent a segway and cruise through the vineyards, or just take a chill day, go and pick some strawberries and enjoy a picnic at the Botanical Gardens.

You can add a visit to one of the plenty of golf courses in the area for the golfers.  One of the popular options would be the De Zalze Golf Club.  This 18-hole golf course offers a great day out.  While walking the course, you also get to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards.  This golf course also has a practice facility where you can loosen up and practice your range, chipping and putting before your game starts.  Enjoy a drink at the halfway house, and you get to end your day at the 19th Hole Clubhouse.

Visiting over a weekend, a stop at one of the Markets is a must.  Some of the popular options include the Slow Food market at Oude Libertas and the Blaauwklippen Family Market.  At these markets, you will find fresh produce, arts and crafts and lots of food options.

Looking to overnight

With plenty to explore, why not overnight in Stellenbosch to make the most of your days – add this to your Cape Town vacation and explore the Winelands.

De Zalze Lodge is a great option.  The lodge is only 3 kilometres from the town of Stellenbosch – so lovely and close to explore still, but a little out of the town’s hustle and bustle.  Here you can enjoy the incredible views and tranquillity.   De Zalze Lodge itself is a Cape Dutch vernacular style guest lodge.  While at the lodge you can enjoy the views of lush vineyards and the breathtaking Stellenbosch Mountains.  

Come and experience the town of Stellenbosch, whether for a day or a weekend.  With so much on offer, you would have troubles not having enough time to explore!