We all know that there are two sides to every story, and when it comes to Stellenbosch, the more common story goes along the lines of: “This university town is home to South Africa’s most famous wine route and oldest university”. And while the sip-and-swirl rep is worth noting, there is plenty more that this quaint yet buzzing town has to offer.
We’re talking ‘undiscovered’ hiking trails, exciting township tours, food adventures, museums, art galleries and so much more. Think of this as your chance to get acquainted with the lesser known, but equally charming side of the Stellenbosch story and your opportunity to indulge in all that the Town of Oaks is made of.
WALKING TOURS IN STELLENBOSCH
Stellenbosch on Foot Tour
What better way to get acquainted with the beautiful town of Stellenbosch than by taking a 90-minute Stellenbosch on Foot Tour. This funky walkabout provides a crash course on the history of the Town of Oaks – and trust us, the history of the village is worth knowing. The exciting expedition takes place every day from Monday to Friday (and by appointment on weekends) at 11am and 3pm and takes you through historic streets (namely Church Street, Dorp Street and Ryneveld Street) that host some of South Africa’s oldest houses. We’re talking houses that were built in the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s and that reflect the beautiful architectural style and stature of each era – think gable-style houses that exhibit beautiful doors and yellowwood beams, Cape revival-style architecture, German-style compressed H-plan houses and more stunning architectural and visual highlights. Pre-booking is essential for all tours.
Stellenbosch Tourism Office | Mark Road | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27(0)21 883 3584
Bites and Sites Food Tour
Renowned chef Julia Child once said, “Life itself is the proper binge,” and none rings more true to that than Bites and Sites. Bridging cultural gaps, the organisation offers a delicious range of food tours that explore the culinary history and culture of different South African cuisines – think Cape Malay, traditional Afrikaans food, kasi cuisine and more. The expeditions provide visitors with a unique way of discovering the town, as Hanli Fourie (manager of the company) believes that one of the best ways to get to know a place intimately is through food. One of the company’s most interesting offerings is a Cape Malay cooking class, which allows tour-goers to savour the multi-dimensional taste of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape to an even greater extent. The tours are diverse, multicultural, multifaceted and multilingual activities that blend the old and new aspects of Stellenbosch to give you a tasty experience.
Good to know: You can tailor make your own tours (think birthday celebrations, anniversaries and more).
7 Andringa Street (office location) | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27(0)76 032 8234
Stellenbrau Brewery Tour
Designed to show beer lovers (and others) the intricacies of the beer brewing business, Stellenbosch’s very own craft brewing company has opened its doors to the public and offers one-of-a-kind brewery tours. The short guided tour (25 minutes) takes enthusiasts to different parts of Stellenbrau, shows them all sorts of equipment and provides them with an in-depth explanation of the beer-making process: what distinguishes a great beer from a good one, choice of hops, packaging types, difference in grain choice, and many other questions will be answered. The tour then ends off with a guided beer tasting session in Stellenbrau’s tasting room (that is also open to the public)! Groups are welcome, and booking is essential.
Tour Times: Monday – Friday: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Saturday 1pm and 3pm; Sunday on Special Request.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN STELLENBOSCH FOR ADULTS & KIDS
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
This beautiful 9800-hectare nature reserve is filled with lush fynbos and glorious mountains and makes for a great place to satisfy one’s inner adrenaline and adventure-junkie spirit. Choose to conquer any one of the hiking trails and mountain biking routes or simply drink in the spectacular scenery and waterfalls; there are also some lovely spots that are perfect for romantic or casual family picnicking.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm; Sunday: 10am – 4pm.
Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27(0)21 483 0190
GOLFING IN STELLENBOSCH
This 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course offers lush greenery to local and international challengers. Featuring an arboretum with over 45 trees and plant species, the design and aesthetics of the course make it a world-class gem: think sweeping, curving tree-lined fairways. The course has hosted well-known provincial and national tournaments, like the SA Ladies Open.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 18-hole course: 9am – 2.30pm; 9-hole course: 9am – 4.30pm.
Bottelary Road | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 888 4735
De Zalze Golf Course
This 300-acre golfers’ paradise, located on the R44, offers avid golfers picturesque and serene grounds to test out their golfing skills. The 18-hole championship course comprises a mix of parkland holes, water features, avenues of pine and oak trees and many more features that challenge players to place a premium on accuracy. Moreover, the golf course sidles up to the Kleine Zalze wine estate and the award-winning Terroir restaurant, so hungry competitors can tuck into a brilliant wine-and-dine experience after a round. The property is also home to the De Zalze Golf Club and host of The World Amateur Team Championships. Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 18-hole course: 7am – 2pm; 9-hole course: 7am – 4.30pm.
R44 | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27(0)21 880 7300
If you want to book a Villa in Stellenbosch e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org