Accommodation in Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands
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Stellenbosch is known primarily for two things - its renowned university and its outstanding wines. Although small, it remains a popular tourist hub and has welcomed hundreds of thousands of international tourists from all over the world. The incredible history of the region permeates the architecture, culture, art and ambience of the whole town, and continues to be a major draw card to Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch has been dubbed “City of Oaks” for the oak trees that flank so many of the roads and shade the houses and shops. These were planted by the founder of the town, Simon van der Stel.
Stellenbosch is only 50 kilometres (or 30 miles) away from Cape Town and even closer to the international airport, making it accessible. It is also a fabulous place to stay during your time in the Western Cape, being so close to the Mother City as well as to Paarl, Franschhoek, Somerset West, and more of the Cape Winelands.
Because Stellenbosch is situated at the foot of a few different mountains, the weather tends to be a little more extreme than in the coastal city of Cape Town. Summers are hotter and winters are colder. Summer highs can reach up to 35 degrees Celsius, while winter often brings with it snow for the peaks of these mountains.
These mountains make for an enormous variety of popular activities. There are a number of trails for walking, hiking and cycling. These wind through the mountains and showcase the natural beauty of the area while revealing beautiful views of Stellenbosch from elevated heights.
The town itself is a delight to explore. The architecture has retained some of its old-world charm, which gives the whole town a romantic, historical look and feel. There are antique shops, markets, museums and imposing historical buildings everywhere. Because there is so much to see and do in and around Stellenbosch, there are a number of tours available. These are well worth it, as experienced guides are able to reveal the history and culture of Stellenbosch more intimately.
Of course, the various wine tours and wine farms around Stellenbosch can simply not be missed. There are more than 200 of these farms, the vast majority of which offer tastings, as well as wines at reduced rates.
Some of the top attractions in this university town are:
• Eagle Encounters – a rehabilitation sanctuary for exquisite birds of prey.
• The Village Museum – this provides a remarkable peek into the background of this old town.
• Jonkershoek Nature Reserve – this reserve promises idyllic settings in which to walk, cycle or simply take in the splendour around you.
• The Oude Libertas Amphitheatre – Oude Libertas is one of South Africa’s oldest wineries, and its amphitheatre is an impressive feature of its historical charm.
• Dorp Street – “dorp” is the Afrikaans word for “town”, and implies the intimate nature of Stellenbosch. This is a quaint street with an inviting vibe, and boasts plenty of galleries, shops and eateries.
• Oom Samie se Winkel – this old shop has a distinctive trading post style and is a must-see. ... [continued]