Stellenbosch

Travel Guide
Stellenbosch

From its European architecture and art galleries to its vineyards and orchards, Stellenbosch abounds with cultural, historical and natural charm.

Standing in the middle of a rugged mountain valley, Stellenbosch is full of architectural, historical and scenic gems. Founded in 1679, this is South Africa’s second-oldest town and its history is displayed in the well-preserved Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. Oak tree-lined Dorp Street is where you’ll find some fine examples, such as the Oom Samie se Winkel antique shop and Old Lutheran Church.

Learn more about the town’s heritage at the Village Museum, a collection of four restored houses dating from 1709 to the mid-1800s. Spot work by South African artists at the Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, housed in a Cape Dutch mansion. Check out the collection of weaponry at the VOC Kruithuis. Kids will enjoy the displays of antique cars and toys at the Toy and Miniature Museum.

Stellenbosch is synonymous with wine and home to South Africa’s oldest wine route, which represents over 130 wineries. Rent a car or join an organized tour and visit the wineries for tastings, cellar tours and picnics on pristine lawns. If you don’t have your own transport or time to visit the wine route, there are bodegas in town that offer tastings.

For nature lovers there are plenty of hikes in the Stellenbosch region. The Vineyard Hiking Trail is a full-day hike that leads through vineyards, forests and olive groves and presents spectacular views of the Stellenbosch Mountains. Go mountain biking in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve or get a bird’s-eye view of the region on a hang-gliding flight or hot air balloon ride.

Stellenbosch places an emphasis on cultural events. Celebrate all things wine-related at January’s Stellenbosch Wine Festival. Enjoy live music at an open-air amphitheater during the Oude Libertas Summer Season Concerts. Combine music, wine and food at the Jazz and Cheese Fondue Festival.

Stellenbosch is a 40-minute drive from Cape Town and accessible via train. With a rented car you’ll have the freedom to explore the wine route and neighboring Western Cape towns.

Where to stay in Stellenbosch

The Spier Hotel
The Spier Hotel
4 out of 5
R310 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The price is $117 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
This family-friendly Stellenbosch hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Spier Wine Estate and Van Ryn Brandy Cellar. Vredenheim Estate is ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (479 reviews)
Family Break
"Thank you for a wonderful stay at the Spier Hotel. My wife and I and our 8-month old baby spent a leisure weekend at the hotel. Everything was in order from the moment we checked in, and all the staff very friendly and helpful. A baby cot was already in place without any requests being made from ..."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

The Spier Hotel
Clouds Estate
Clouds Estate
5 out of 5
Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $201 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bartinney Wine Estates and Camberley Wine Farm. Zorgvliet Estate and Cape Floral Region ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (149 reviews)
One of the best in the winelands
"One of the best views in the winelands and this is a seriously quality establishment. Staff were great and I asked to change rooms which they did immediately and at no extra cost. I rate places that are flexible and accommodating."

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Clouds Estate
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
5 out of 5
Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The price is $181 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vredenheim Estate, Stellenbrau Brewery, and Oude Libertas Amphitheatre. Van Ryn Brandy ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (235 reviews)
"We stayed for one night. Hotel and surrounds beautiful, very peaceful. A few small improvements like bathroom, drains blocked and would prefer 2 ply toilet paper. Our bath robes had holes in them, pillows were not comfortable at all and TV channels faulty."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Asara Wine Estate & Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
3.5 out of 5
2 Faure Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The price is $70 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in the heart of Stellenbosch, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stellenbosch University, Fick House, and VOC Kruithuis. Sasol Art Museum and Stellenbosch ...
4.2/5Excellent! (50 reviews)
Perfect getaway
"Peaceful and perfect if you want a break from the town’s hustle"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
4 out of 5
Flat 22 Eikehoff Church Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Located in Stellenbosch Central, this apartment building is steps from University of Stellenbosch Botanical Garden and Stellenbosch University. Dorp Street and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Lovely apartment in the centre of town
"The apartment has everything one needs for a visit to Stellenbosch. Special touches like basic supplies (tea, coffee, milk, sugar, juice and fruit) make late arrivals a pleasure as you don't have to rush out to get those supplies. The staff were more than helpful in assisting with small details."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2017

Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
Rest Chabivin Self Catering
Rest Chabivin Self Catering
4 out of 5
Off Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The price is $86 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Situated in Stellenbosch, this golf cottage is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Stellenbosch Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of De Zalze Golf Club and Waterford Wine Estate. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
The best place to stay for a romantic getaway!
"We had an absolutely amazing stay at Chabivin. The unit was very clean and literally has everything you need at your fingertips. I would definitely recommend the Vineyard studio for a romantic getaway. It's a very modern and chic unit, yet cozy and warm. I loved the welcome note hanging on a letter ..."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Rest Chabivin Self Catering
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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