Stellenbosch, known to locals as “Stelliesâ€, is a historic town in the Western Cape, encircled by an amphitheatre of magnificent mountain ranges. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province and lies along the oldest and largest wine route in South Africa. Stellenbosch oozes history, along with excellent natural and cultural attractions. Extend your stay at one of our unique Stellenbosch accommodations.
The Stellenbosch area is encircled with natural beauty, and boasts some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the country. The town lies in the heart of the Cape Winelands, known as the longest and oldest wine route in the world. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the Western Cape, with over 145 wineries. Many operators offer private wine tasting and cellar tours in Stellenbosch and the surrounds.
Stellenbosch is known as Eikestad or “the city of oaksâ€ due to its leafy oak lined streets. Some of these mighty oak trees have even been declared national monuments. Stellenbosch is also host to a number of ancient buildings, dripping with history. Dorp Street is home to some of the oldest surviving buildings in any major town in Southern Africa, some dating as far back as the 1700s. Some of these historic buildings have been converted into hotels and guest houses, offering an impressive selection of accommodation in Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch is famous for its plethora of exciting attractions. Be sure to visit the historic Stellenbosch University’s Endler Concert Hall, which features excellent shows and has been acclaimed one of the finest concert halls in the world. Sport lovers will enjoy a visit to Stellenbosch Rugby Club, the second oldest of its kind in South Africa (138 years old in 2013). The players are referred to as “Matiesâ€ from the Afrikaans word for tomatoes (“tamatiesâ€) based on the maroon colour of their team jerseys. Sporting enthusiasts will also enjoy golfing at one of the 126 tees in and around Stellenbosch.
The ancient town of Stellenbosch is host to art galleries that are well worth a visit. The artworks spin a tale of South African history, where you can expect to see themes such as South African landscapes, indigenous people, social commentary, and everyday life. Art galleries to visit include Stellenbosch Art Gallery, The Rupert Museum, De Oude Libertas Gallery, and Die Moederkerk.
Stellenbosch has a number of quaint cafes and coffee shops, where you’ll be guaranteed a unique place to eat, such as Blue Orange Farm & Coffee Shop and Hillcrest Berry Orchards Restaurant. Those who are visiting Stellenbosch for the nightlife will not be disappointed. Stellenbosch is well known for its raucous parties, especially during the university holidays. Whether its live music, a dance floor, or cheaper drinks you’re after, you will be left spoilt for choice with options like Aandklas, Springbok Pub, and The Terrace.
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