Who goes there?
Although the majority of the year has students running around town, the summer months offer a quieter selection of accommodation and company. During November to February, Stellenbosch becomes a haven for tourists looking for a little sightseeing and relaxing. Academic by nature but interesting for all types of tourists, Stellenbosch is renowned for its upmarket and relaxed atmosphere, designed to please every person who visits the town.
When to visit Stellenbosch?
The best time to visit this town is undoubtedly in the summer, when the blossoms are out in full force, the summer breeze is blowing through the town, and the students have finished for the year. Summer (November to April) temperatures peak at around 30oC in Stellenbosch, so make sure at least one day is spent on the beach!
Close By Attractions
* Stellenbosch Conservatoire: As South Africa's oldest music school, the Stellenbosch Conservatoire is a firm favourite with all music lovers. Music programmes run throughout the year and the lazy day spend listening to wonderful music made by talented local students is a perfect end to your Cape Town holiday.
Things to do near Stellenbosch
Explore the historical Dorp Street in the middle of Stellenbosch, a street which is classed as a national monument. It is lined with original Cape Dutch and French-inspired houses and buildings, water furrows, jacaranda trees, and street cafes. Feel free to walk around the town at all hours, marvelling at the blue skies and fresh air.
Don't forget about the historic wine estates near Stellenbosch, from the beautiful Cape Dutch home of Boschendal to the famous winery of Spier. Restaurants here serve some of the best wine in the world, and are well worth the visit.
We strongly recommend that you hire a car while in the town of Stellenbosch, as the public transport of Cape Town, although excellent, does not reach the university town as well as it should. Why not hire a Harley and see the Winelands on two wheels, or step back in time and take a 1930s Buick through the vineyards of Stellenbosch?
Further a field
At only 45 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, you'll never be stuck for choice when you stay in Stellenbosch accommodation. Not only does the Mother City hold a variety of things to do, it is also home to two oceans with a plethora of marine life to explore. Take a morning to spot whales or, for the more adventurous, why not spend the day shark cage diving and get up close and personal with the apex predators of the deep? This is only for the fool-hardy or strong of stomach!