The Cape Winelands are among the most beautiful places on earth. Rolling hills, picturesque mountains and a luxurious carpet of lush green vineyards make this corner of the Western Cape a perfect holiday destination.
There is more to Stellenbosch and the wine country than just grapes and oak trees; the historic town boasts fine dining, loads of art and culture, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of outdoor activity.
There is plenty to do for any intrepid adventurer whether you are an adrenaline junkie or just romantic at heart.
There are many horse trails and adventures to choose from. Several farms offer a range of
breakfast trails, sundowner trails; romantic carriage rides, pony rides for the kids, riding lessons for those who have never ridden before or anyone who’s riding skills may be a little rusty.
Enjoy a ride through the vineyards of the Cape as you take in the spectacular mountain views and beautiful green surroundings.
Hiking, Walking and Cycling
There are many guided tours and plenty of routes to choose from. What better way to work off all those gourmet dinners than strolling or cycling through some of the most magnificent scenery on earth?
Stellenbosch boasts several pristine golf courses with magnificent views, challenging holes and all the equipment and training you could ask for.
For the truly wild adventurer there are plenty of serious adrenaline sports available in and near Stellenbosch from abseiling and bungee jumping to river rafting, romantic hot-air ballooning, skydiving and fabulous 4 x 4 and off-road trails.
Art & Culture
Stellenbosch has a rich heritage and, as a university town, has a burgeoning art and entertainment culture. The diversity is matched only by the quality and you will be richly rewarded when you explore some of the truly stunning offerings provided.
The Spier Summer Festival plays host to diverse, world class entertainment from international music and theatre to exhibitions of paintings and sculpture from renowned artists. There is always something happening at this legendary cultural hot-spot.
The Oude Libertas
Drama, Dance, and music fill the starry night for the Oude Libertas summer season. Four months of entertainment and inspiration ensure that you will never be at a loss for things to do at night in the winelands.
International Music and Local Bands
Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, Akkedis and many more make up the truly “lekker” local music talent. Many international choirs and orchestras travel to Stellenbosch for the chance to perform in one of the most beautiful and luxurious settings in Africa. Competitions are rife at these events and there is always something fabulous on offer so keep a lookout!
Besides the big events, there are also plenty of smaller, independent theatres and concert venues as well a huge number of fine galleries and artists studios. No matter where you go in this lovely, historic town you are bound to find a treasure or two.
The food in Stellenbosch is legendary. Surrounded by farmlands, everything is fresh and delicious. Some guest houses even have onsite restaurants boasting fabulous cuisine and truly remarkable wine cellars.
There are at lest five “official tours of the Wineroute and many unofficial ones. It’s usually best to go on at least one official tour before you go off on your own as the tour operators strive to give you a good understanding of the geography of Stellenbosch as well as telling you about the wine. An official tour will give you the knowledge to choose your own route later on.
Stellenbosch vintners have won so many various prestigious awards over the decades that it would be silly to try and list them all. Each farm you visit will be only too pleased to show you their list of awards and frequently invite you to have a taste of some of their wine in the very cellars where it is matured.
Contact Niel today to find out more about visiting Stellenbosch .