Stellenbosch

Lying approximately 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, Stellenbosch provides a serene taste of South Africa's fascinating culture and beauty. Forming a key part of the famous Cape Winelands, the town is regarded as a prime location for viticulture - with many of the surrounding vineyards and wine cellars open to public access.

Stellenbosch's rich culture isn't limited to winemaking; as the second-oldest European settlement in South Africa it boasts numerous historic art galleries, museums, and a variety of restaurants serving a range of cuisines. It remains one of the best destinations for an authentic South African experience - while retaining a touch of modern luxury of course.

The city's prime attractions don't all lie in the town centre itself. The expansive rural surroundings of Stellenbosch offer a variety of activities, from championship 18-hole golf courses to all manner of hiking, cycling, and horse-riding trails.


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Stellenbosch facts at a glance
Flight time:
11 hours
Time difference:
2 hours
Currency:
South African rand
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

Stellenbosch enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and colder, wetter winters. Guests can take greatest advantage of the weather by visiting from November to March - perfect for a winter getaway to sunnier climes.

Things to do

Wine enthusiasts would struggle to find a more interesting place than Stellenbosch with over 100 cellars surrounding the town, many offering public tours and tasting-sessions. The town can also claim to be a true art centre of South Africa, boasting an astounding number of galleries displaying the work of both local and international artists. In terms of learning about the tradition and heritage of South Africa, there is no better place to unearth such history. Visit the authentic period homes of The Village, see the nation's classic cars at Wijnland Auto Museum, and learn about The V.O.C. Kruithuis' fascinating collection of weaponry.

Food and drink

Many of the finest eateries can be found at the town's vineyards, boasting not only an incredible selection and quality of wine to perfectly complement each dish, but also stunning surroundings in which to enjoy your meal. The award-winning Rust en Vrede offers a varied menu of the highest quality, while Mulderbosch Vineyard's restaurant proudly shows off a Mediterranean influence with some of the finest traditional pizza around.

In the evening

Despite its reputation as a sophisticated historical town, the residents of Stellenbosch still know how to let their hair down at a variety of clubs and bars. The upmarket Nu'Bar and student-focused Aandklas are perfect for those in search of a high-energy night on the tiles, while Balboa Balcony Bar offers a more mature, classy atmosphere without sacrificing any excitement.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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