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StellenboschSouth Africa

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.

Top hotels in Stellenbosch

Twice Central Guesthouse
Twice Central Guesthouse
4 out of 5
7 Hamman Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The price is SG$87 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in Stellenbosch Central, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Dorp Street and Stellenbosch University. Toy & Miniature Museum and Stellenbosch ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Excellent stay

"Excellent stay. Great recommendations and atmosphere, thank you so much!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2020

Twice Central Guesthouse
Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
4 out of 5

Located in Stellenbosch Central, this apartment building is steps away from University of Stellenbosch Botanical Garden and Stellenbosch University. Dorp Street ...

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 24 Aug,2017

Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$61 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in the heart of Stellenbosch, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fick House and Stellenbosch University. VOC Kruithuis and Sasol Art Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (48 reviews)

"All was great, service of the staff excellent. Only regret is that we booked for one night only ....we definitely will come back"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov,2019

Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
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.

Holiday Rentals in Stellenbosch

Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
4 out of 5

Located in Stellenbosch Central, this apartment building is steps away from University of Stellenbosch Botanical Garden and Stellenbosch University. Dorp Street ...

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 24 Aug,2017

Eikehoff Apartment by Cape Summer Villas
Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$61 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in the heart of Stellenbosch, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fick House and Stellenbosch University. VOC Kruithuis and Sasol Art Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (48 reviews)

"All was great, service of the staff excellent. Only regret is that we booked for one night only ....we definitely will come back"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov,2019

Quiver Tree Self Catering Apartments
22 Die Laan Guest House
22 Die Laan Guest House
3.5 out of 5
22 Die Laan, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
The price is SG$129 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in Stellenbosch Central, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Coetzenburg Stadium and Stellenbosch University. Dorp Street and University ...

4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Welcoming and friendly

"I had a wonderful stay at 22DieLaan and would recommend it gladly. The staff was extremely kind, helpful and efficient and friendly and welcoming -they even sent out for glue and repaired my earing for the function I needed to attend! The room was spacious and very well equipped, very clean and luxurious ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr,2019

22 Die Laan Guest House
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.

Popular places to visit in Stellenbosch

Spier Wine Estate
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Spier Wine Estate

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Enjoy food, wine and art and experience the majesty of birds of prey at one of the oldest wineries in South Africa.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Sun, sand and spectacular sea life are all available at Boulders Beach, home to an impressive African Penguin colony.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(177 reviews)

The lofty summit of Table Mountain is Cape Town’s crowning glory, offering a coastal panorama that is second to none.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.

Cape of Good Hope
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Cape of Good Hope

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Feared by sailors for centuries, the jagged cliffs around the Cape of Good Hope showcase the splendour of South Africa’s native wilderness.

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

See and be seen, admire beautiful sunsets and go hiking in the famous Twelve Apostles at one of Cape Town’s most stylish beaches.

Top things to do in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour
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Stellenbosch Half Day Wine Tour

SG$57
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Full Day Wine Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl
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Full Day Wine Tour of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl

SG$80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Stellenbosch, Franschhoek Paarl Winelands
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Private Full-Day Stellenbosch, Franschhoek Paarl Winelands

SG$457
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Cape Winelands Half-Day Tour
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Cape Winelands Half-Day Tour

SG$69
Per adult
Cape Point and Stellenbosch Wine Full Day Tour
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Cape Point and Stellenbosch Wine Full Day Tour

SG$118
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
A Must Do In Cape Town - Hot Air Balloon Flight In The Cape Winelands
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A Must Do In Cape Town - Hot Air Balloon Flight In The Cape Winelands

SG$429
Per adult

Reviews of Stellenbosch

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2020

Charming town with a bit of pressure on parking but wide range of shops, restaurants etc and very pretty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

Beautiful scenery and amazing wineries

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Dec 2019

Stunning geography, attractive, felt safe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

Stellenbosch has some great restaurants, fantastic wine and still has character.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Oct 2019

Amazing location from which to explore the winelands. On the whole, felt safe. Good wine bars and excellent restaurants - namely The Fat Butcher and Hussar's Grill.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Apr 2019

Nice place to visit. Fantastic landscape and wines.

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Franschhoek

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Vrede en Lust Winery

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