Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, is rich in history, and this town is one of the most popular visits while exploring on your Cape Town vacation.
Only 50 kilometres from Cape Town, this is a great day visit, but with so much to offer, the best would be to make a weekend of it. Let’s have a look at some activities to consider on your next visit :
One of the most popular ways to explore the town of Stellenbosch would be on foot. You can either explore on your own or book a guided trip with a tour guide. Wander through the oak tree-lined avenues and admire the charm and beauty of the Cape Dutch Architecture. Popular stops would include Dorp Street, Stellenbosch University, Oom Samie se Winkel and the Village Museum.
The Stellenbosch Wine Route is one of the most popular throughout the world. And rightly so. With more than 200 wine and grape producers in the area, some of the best wines are produced.
When visiting the wineries, you would have the opportunity to taste the wines, and some even offer tours of the farm and cellar. Learn more about the process of making wine and grapes used. As an additional treat, you would also be able to do food pairings.
The winery would select a few wines and pair this with a snack that best compliment the wine. Snacks generally include chocolate, biltong and other cured meats. With the popularity of the pairings, wineries have become creative, and some now include pairings with other sweets like cake, candy floss, ice cream and even pizza.
If you are looking for a little something different – there are also a few estates, that produce brandy, MCC and gin. Visiting a few estates, you would be able to taste more than just wine.
The outdoors has become a firm favourite for weekend activities. Nothing better than getting away from the rat race in the city and just breathing in the fresh air. Visiting Stellenbosch would be no different. There are several hiking trails in the area for the adrenaline rush, enjoying the mountain biking trails. Ride through the vineyards or dare the mountain trails with leaps and jumps.
Some farms also have horse riding trails and even quad bikes you can explore the estate with.
Why not enjoy a picnic at the botanical gardens or book a picnic with your wine tasting.
Looking to practice your swing, there are a few golf course in the region. Stellenbosch Golf Club close to town is the 4th oldest golf course in South Africa. Here you can walk the greens that once hosted some of the best golfers. They also hosted some of South Africa’s most prestigious golf tournaments including the South African Open and South African Masters.
The Devonvale Golf course is located on a working wine farm. This 18 hole course is surrounded by mountains and vineyards and is often a challenge for both locals and international golfers.
De Zalze Golf Club is only a few minutes out of town. Situated on an estate, this would be the perfect spot for your weekend away as there is also a lodge where you can spend the night. The Golf Course also has a practice facility where you can warm up before your game. Afterwards, return to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon around the pool and enjoy the mountains and vineyards’ breathtaking views.
Although Stellenbosch is located so close to Cape Town, it is a great weekend getaway. With so much to offer, it is ideal for the whole family or a romantic weekend. Come and explore!