Stellenbosch is an ideal base from which to explore the wine region and is only 28km from Cape Town airport. The safety of a small town combined with the amenities and vibrancy of a cosmopolitan centre makes Stellenbosch an ideal place to stay. Stellenbosch is known worldwide for its quality wines and the area has spectacular scenery. Founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. Walking through the streets of Stellenbosch, visitors will get the chance to see many historic buildings dating back to the early 1700s.Read More
Today’s Stellenbosch pays homage to culture and heritage, as the town has done since its humble Dutch origins. Each new generation used the inspiration of its predecessors to ensure that the aesthetic values of Stellenbosch remained intact. The result is that the influences of many architectural styles over the last three centuries can be seen in the meticulously restored buildings throughout the town. From the whitewashed Anglican church and museums surrounding the emerald green Braak - Stellenbosch’s historical centre - to the myriad Cape Dutch farmhouses and the 19th century university buildings, the town shows its diverse history in its buildings.
Stellenbosch is the primary location for viticulture and all associated research. The region has a blissful Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Stellenbosch lies at the foot of the Cape Fold mountain range, which provides soil favourable to viticulture. Grapes grown in this area are mainly used for wine production, as opposed to table grapes. Wine connoisseurs might want to try some of the finished product whilst there.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Stellenbosch
If you are planning a Stellenbosch holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
d'Ouwe Werf Stellenbosch
d'Ouwe Werf is South Africa's oldest and most historic hotel and has luxurious accommodation, set in verdant gardens. Rooms are decorated with soft neutral colours giving the accommodation both style and elegance. The bathrooms are also very modern, matching the contemporary feel of the hotel. The restaurant on site serves up goumet dishes throughout the day, satisfying all tastes and palates. The hotel is located on vibrant Church Street, 20 km from the sea and surrounded by mountains.
Klein Zalze Lodge Stellenbosch
Klein Zalze is a fantastic lodge with breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Mountains and is surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards. Attentive, thoughtful but unobtrusive service is the Lodge’s hallmark. With modern and spacious rooms and situated next to the De Zalza Golf Course, the Klein Zalze Lodge is perfect for relaxing, uniwinding and enjoying yourself. The hotel is 3 km from the beautifully preserved, historic university town of Stellenbosch.
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa Stellenbosch
The River Manor is a comfortable hotel with a range of spacious rooms. Most rooms have air conditioning (but not all) and there is a luxury spa and wellness centre. The decor within the hotel is stylish and chic as rooms are filled with wooden furniture and colourful cushions. The hotel is beside a river, just 3 minutes walk from the town's historic centre. It makes a perfect springboard for exploring the Western Cape and the winelands of the region.
Stellenbosch Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Stellenbosch.