Grassy plains with mountain in the background in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Tours and Travels

About Stellenbosch

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.

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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.

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Stellenbosch Hotels

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel

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.

Spier Hotel Stellenbosch

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Spier Hotel provides a charming village-style setting with comfortable, spacious bedrooms grouped around six private courtyards and individual pools. The elegant rooms have just a splash of colour, giving the a homely feel, as well as a high level of comfort to ensure a perfect night's sleep. There are a number of dining options at the hotel as well, which offer tantalising dishes and drinks to its guests. The Spier estate is near Stellenbosch and is a 1000-hectare wine estate.

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.

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