Stellenbosch

The university town of Stellenbosch was founded in 1679 and named after Dutch governor to the Cape, Simon van der Stel. No trip to the Cape Winelands can be properly experienced without sampling fine wines from the gorgeous region and a stop in the quaint old centre of town.

Located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route

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West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

Find Stellenbosch on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route

The spectacular sharp ridged mountains of Simonsberg mark the north-eastern boundary before rising over Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, and the Jonkershoek Valley together with the Helderberg mark the beautiful eastern and southern extremities. This backdrop is truly a stunning sight at any time of year, but in winter some of these mountain peaks get capped in snow and add incredible drama to pretty Stellenbosch.

The fertile slopes of these mountains play host to some of the best wineries in South Africa most of which you can pay a visit to. Kanonkop Wine Estate is world renowned for its wonderful Pinotage, and Jordan Wine Estate delivers an exceptional Bordeaux Blend and Lanzerac Wine Estate boast incredible winemaking history (along with a stunning hotel and spa). Don’t forget to stop in at Thelema Mountain Vineyards (top producers of Chardonnay & Shiraz), Delaire Graff Estate (the views of Simonsberg alone are worth visiting!) and Tokara (a lovely deli and restaurant, olive producer and excellent wine too).

There is a vast network of hiking trails to meander through vibrant fynbos (Jonkershoek Nature Reserve has something for all abilities) and the Winelands has many mountain biking and horse trails too.

If wine is not up your alley, try a visit to Stellenbrau Brewery for a tour and tasting in this industrial setting, or learn about brandy production at Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery.

There is typically quite a buzz in town with tens of thousands of university students moving between class, residences and the sorting complex. This adds a unique feeling when walking down one of the old streets of Dorp, Van Riebeek or Ryneveld as you browse antique stores and museums. Try the Village Museum, V.O.C. Kruithuis or Burgerhuis Museum which all share a glimpse into the towns’ history.

The Mother Church (NG Moederkerk) is an iconic religious structure at the top of Church Street, but there is also a mix of architectural styles more notably Cape Dutch and Victorian-era.

Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden is a wonderful green space in the heart of town and even has a small deli (Katjiepiering Restaurant) to sit down for a drink and snack after enjoying the natural delights in the garden.

Quality dining options can be found at many of the wine estates, but there are also lovely spots in town. De Warenmarkt in Ryneveld Street or Wijnhuis in Church Street are always popular hubs.

Lovely accommodation options can be found easily. Batavia Boutique Hotel and Oude Werf Hotel both located in the heart of Stellenbosch are great choices!

Stellenbosch is located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route

Open 7 Days a week
Distance from Cape Town: 50km
Where: R310
Contact: +27 (0)21 883 3584 | www.stellenbosch-info.co.za/town

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes

West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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