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

River Manor Boutique Hotel
River Manor Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
6 The Avenue/Die Laan, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7602
The price is $89 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly guesthouse in Stellenbosch. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
"Lovely old building in the middle of Stellenbosch and all the staff were great"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

Oude Werf Hotel
Oude Werf Hotel
4 out of 5
30 Church Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7600
The price is $153 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Stellenbosch. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (232 reviews)
"Oldest in town Best looking hotel stylish hotel in town"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Banhoek Lodge
Banhoek Lodge
5 out of 5
Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7600
The price is $211 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
Stay at this 5-star luxury lodge in Stellenbosch. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and onsite spa services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (158 reviews)
"Loved my stay at this lodge. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The lodge itself is located in a quiet picturesque region with spectacular mountain views. The rooms are well appointed, clean and very comfortable. The addition of a fire place in the room was awesome as the nights were cold. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

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.
WINK Quiver Tree
WINK Quiver Tree
3.5 out of 5
2 Faure Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7600
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Stellenbosch. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (53 reviews)
W8nk quiver tree self catering
"The staff were friendly and the accommodation was neat and tidy everything you need for self catering"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Lauradale Accommodation
Lauradale Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
Farm 1412, Bonniemile Road, Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7604
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Stellenbosch. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Excellent Venue
"Fantastic venue, clean, neat and in pristine condition. Staff exceptionally friendly and helpful. Had an absolutely lovely stay. Highly Recommended."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Eikehoff Apartment by Raw Africa Boutique Collection
Eikehoff Apartment by Raw Africa Boutique Collection
4 out of 5
Flat 22 Eikehoff Church Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 7600
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Stellenbosch. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (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

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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