Stellenbosch Holiday Guide


With its temperate  Mediterranean climate, beautiful surroundings, magnificent backdrop of mountain ranges, modern facilities and close proximity to all major places of interest in the Cape Peninsula, Stellenbosch is the ideal get-away holiday destination.

The warm summers and winter rainfall provided an ideal farming environment, and by 1682 the settlement had become an established town. In 1685 it became the seat of a magistrate, whose authority extended over 25 000 square kilometres. The first school was built in 1686, followed soon afterwards by the first church.

The town is appropriately known as “Eikestad”, or the Town of Oaks. Unfortunately a recent disease has affected the trees, and the towering oaks are slowly dying. Fortunately, since the oak trees are a symbol of Stellenbosch, the town council started planting new trees soon after the discovery of the disease.
Stellenbosch is a treasure of beautifully restored buildings – elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture can be seen particularly in historic Dorp Street, which is reminiscent of the rich and colourful past.
Wine and the art of winemaking are woven into the history of Stellenbosch. From its humble beginnings with Simon van der Stel and the Huguenots, the valley has evolved to becoming the centre of the Cape’s wine industry, and produces some of the finest wines in the country and the world.

The Location of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Province and in the Winelands District of South Africa, can be traveled to via either the R44, R304, R310 or M12 routes.

Latitude is:    -33.920897
Longitude is:    18.1859278

The Stellenbosch Vibe

Stellenbosch is an amazing place to be. Events and activities take place throughout the year – music, street, wine and art festivals delight both young and old.

Stellenbosch has a bustling sidewalk café scene in the French tradition, excellent restaurants and coffee shops, modern shopping facilities and a vibrant Nightlife. A peaceful, cheerful town and its friendly people, a never-ending choice of entertainment and activities and a breathtaking valley with majestic mountains embracing it – this is what makes Stellenbosch such a special tourist and conference destination.

Stellenbosch – Amenities

Stellenbosch is a hub of activity. The activities are endless, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, vineyard tours and wine tasting. Stellenbosch Conservatoire, is the country’s oldest music school. The Butterfly Farm, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm and Wiesenhof Game Park are not far out of Stellenbosch. Most of the wine farms in the area have exceptional restaurants and farm stalls. Within Stellenbosch city centre you will find many bars, stylish traditional coffee shops and a variety of night life.

Places to see in (or near) Stellenbosch

  • Various wine and olive farms
  • Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Jan Marais Nature Reserve
  • Sasol Art Gallery
  • Stellenryck Wine Museum
  • Helshoogte Pass
  • Stellenbosch University Museum
  • Wijnland Auto museum
  • Stellenbosch Art Gallery
  • Oom Samie se Winkel
  • The Giraffe House
  • Spier Wine Estate: Cheetah Outreach, Eagle Encounters, Craft Market, etc.

Stellenbosch Activities

  • Hiking and walking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Game viewing
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling
  • Wine & brandy tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Shopping
  • Golf

Eating out in Stellenbosch

“More so than in life, restaurants are about balance” is the mantra of the award winning fine dining restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Not only in food and wine, but also people – and thus their service is as important. What makes it even more of a challenge is when all this happens on a historic and award winning wine estate.
Stellenbosch restaurants :

  • Spier Wine Estate (various restaurants on the premises)
  • Dornier Bodega
  • Terroir
  • Dros
  • Moyo
  • Manouch
  • Wijnhuis
  • Tokara Restaurant
  • Umami Restaurant
  • Rust en Vrede
  • Beads Restaurant
  • Cognito restaurant
  • The Brazen Head
  • Cupcake
  • Fandango
  • Fishmonger
  • Java Café

Guesthouses in Stellenbosch

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Alvera Guesthouse
Hawksmoore Guesthouse
Hoopenberg Guesthouse
Majeka Guesthouse
Marie’s Guesthouse