Stellenbosch Travel Guide

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Stellenbosch is a charming historic retreat that is circumscribed by lush green mountains and other visually stunning scenic wonders. It is located in the center of the famous wine growing region that is at a distance of approximately 50 kilometers from the heart of Cape Town. The beautiful Eerste River plays host to the town that is famous for its Dutch architecture and oak tree fringed roads.

History and Culture

Stellenbosch is the second oldest region in South Africa with heavy European settlement borrowings that are visible in its historical and cultural legacy. The classic, beauty-exuding town is also renowned for its pure and eclectic wine collection and highly-ranked university that is much sought after by students from all over the world. The wines originating from the cellars of Stellenchbosch are much revered, with wine purists making trips to this beautiful town especially to stock up on the most vintage and high-premium wines. There are over 106 cellars, a majority of which are open to the public for day trips comprising of wine tasting and buying sessions.


Travelers can also take an enjoyable vineyard hiking trip that stretches across 24 kilometers and commences from the Papegaaiberg slope. The best time to go hiking is in spring, when Stellenbosch is at its dazzling best. There are other walking trails like the Panorama Trail and Swartboskloof Trail that are equally enchanting. 

Areas to Visit

Visitors wanting to witness a perfect amalgamation of historical grandeur and contemporary life should head to Dorn Street. A place that boasts of the lovely oak streets and honored old structures. The frantic pace and commotion of the university students is hard to miss and provides the backdrop of an action-packed center that has a lot to offer in terms of shopping and dining. Stellenbosch is also a prime cultural haunt with several art galleries, convention centers and museums displaying  glimpses of the town’s tryst with Victorian and modern art.

Dining and Accommodations

There are innumerable dining options in Stellenbosch with the favorite eating zone being the area that winds around Church Street and is colloquially referred to as the local restaurant district. At Slowfood Market, quite contrarily to its name, the fresh breads and other bakery delights are gobbled up pretty quickly! There is also a fantastic assortment of seafood to pick from. Accommodation options range from the exclusive Evergreen Manor and Spa to the modestly priced Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge. Like Stellenbosch itself, the array of accommodations has something on offer for everyone.

Stellenbosch is a glorious and culturally rich locale with plenty of activities for everyone.

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