Western Cape, South Africa
Stellenbosch is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. World-renowned for it’s multitude of wine farms (in excess of 200) and excellent university, Stellenbosch also has the most fascinating history and architecture definitely worth exploring.
Founded in 1679 by then-Cape Governor Simon van der Stel, the town’s rich wine produce is perhaps attributed to the influx of French Huguenots during the 1690’s. With the perfect climate and geographic elements, the Stellenbosch valleys and hills has produced some of the best wines in the world ever since.
Today, the town is a colourful mix of students, art shops, fine dining restaurants, impressive architecture and active tourism hotspots. It truly has something to offer for everyone! But the history of the town is equally worth exploring.
Activities (other than wine tasting, of course) includes various food festivals, farm stalls in the surrounding areas, a day’s visit to the impressive town of Franschhoek, hiking in the mountains or enjoying local cuisine and craft beer.
Seasonal activities such as strawberry picking, grape picking or even wine-making activities are very popular. Be sure to plan and book in advance, as this is highly sought after by locals and tourists alike.
Stellenbosch also has a very active nightlife mostly thanks to the students attending University right in town. You can find interesting small pubs, delightful restaurants in quiet corners or a few clubs to dance the night away.
Apart from the history, wine and awesome activities, Stellenbosch has also established itself as one of the major centres of advanced technology and IT developments, much in the style of Silicon Valley in USA. One would find technology enthusiasts grabbing their daily coffee in coffee shops all around town while busy on their laptops.
A visit to Stellenbosch is a must if you want to have the authentic South African experience. There is no other town which can offer such a unique mix of culture, history and activities in our country. Being a tourist hotspot, there is accommodation available to each taste and budget.
iKhaya Backpackers Stellenbosch
Nestled in the heart of the Winelands, Stellenbosch is ideally located to explore the Western Cape. Within 40min of most major attractions, including the City of Cape Town. Stellenbosch is centrally located between the Stellenbosch Winelands, and Durbanville Hills, as well as the Paarl & Wellington areas, and 40 minutes from the Constantia wine route.
Stellenbosch Travelers Lodge
Stellenbosch Traveller’s Lodge is situated in the heart of South Africa’s oldest town, Stellenbosch, known as the number one winelands district in South Africa. We are within minutes scenic walk through historic Dorp Street from central town and 3-minute walk from the train station. The Lodge is situated near numerous wine tours,
Banghoek Place was built specially for couples on a budget. Each room features an en-suite bathroom and a queen-size bed. Some shared accommodation is also available. It is suitable for groups and independent travellers with communal self-catering facilities, a swimming pool and on-site safe parking. We are located on the Stellenbosch University Campus and close to the centre of town with its vibrant nightlife.
Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge has been around since 1994, the original backpacker accommodation in the Western Cape wine lands near Cape Town. Its central location, helpful staff, dormitory, double and camping options make it the choice for travelers wanting to get to know the area. There are many ways to enjoy the wine lands from driving yourself, cycling, taking a tour to pub crawling the night away in this lively university town.
|Explore this gem of Stellenbosch on the back a Monster Mountain® Scooter. During the tour you will experience the beauty of these alpine like mountains surrounding Stellenbosch in a fun and active way. Stunning views, majestic mountains and endless downhill slopes is what Scootours® Stellenbosch is all about. These Swiss designed scooters are used in the Alps during the summer season on the ski slopes when the snow is gone. All trips are guided by professional qualified guides. Read More|
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