Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. As such, it is steeped in history, culture and wine. It is also nestled into the beauty of nature. There are both rugged mountains and cared for nature reserves. In the heart of the city, you can find museums, galleries and a massive range of great restaurants and bars. As a result, it makes for a fantastic day out.
If you want to make the most of Stellenbosch’s rich history of wine, then vineyards are the place to go. Make sure you plan your travel so that you can enjoy sampling a glass or two. Alternatively, Azara Wine Estate has a luxury on-site hotel so you can have a tipple or two and have your bed nearby for a cheeky afternoon nap, before a beautiful dinner in the on-site restaurant.
De Warenmarkt is a relic of Stellenbosch’s history as a thriving and bustling port. De Warenmarkt is an indoor market. The market is a melting point for trade goods from around the world. There is an open-air canteen that has a vibrant and exciting atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy some local oysters and a glass of bubbly.
If you fancy getting some fresh air, why not go strawberry picking? There are several farms around Stellenbosch where you can roam the fields. This is a great outing that offers a peaceful, family-orientated activity that will provide you with both fun and tasty treats.
Dorp Street in the centre of the city is one of the many historic streets. The road is lined with museums and old historic buildings. A wander down this street is like a walk through the past. This gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the Dutch architecture that South Africa is known for.
In the summer, there are monthly street parties. Drostdy Street becomes home to pop up food and drink stalls. There are no experiences more quintessential of Stellenbosch then wining and dining under the Oak trees of Drostdy Street.
For a mix of open-air, greenery and culture take a visit to the Dylan Lewis sculpture garden. This is a hidden gem of a garden. The sculptures celebrate a range of themes including wild animals and the human form.
With so much to see and do, it is wise to book specific activities in advance and plan your daily itinerary around any bookings that you may have.