Stellenbosch is the ideal holiday destination and is perfectly situated for exploring other Boland towns, Cape Town, Peninsula, West Coast and Overberg. The winelands town is a convenient 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 45 minutes from Cape Town.
Along the R44 to Paarl you will find the magical Butterfly World, just ahead of the N1 turnoff. To continue on to Drakenstein Lion Park, take the R44 and turn off onto the R101 (Old Paarl Road). For Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, take the R45 to Babylonstoren Road.
Drive south-east of Stellenbosch on the R304 for about 15km to Tygerberg Zoo. Also take the R304 and then the R101 towards Paarl, to the Giraffe House wildlife awareness centre.
Follow the R44 route to Somerset West, Strand and Gordon’s Bay; and soak up the warm sun on any one of several beaches, visit Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West and Monkey Town on the N2, direction Sir Lowry’s Pass.
One of the Cape’s most scenic drives is the coastal road from Gordon’s Bay to Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and the quaint seaside village of Kleinmond where a new waterfront project was recently completed.
Carry on past Kleinmond to Hermanus – the Whale Capital of South Africa. Alternatively, take the R44 from Stellenbosch and link with the N2 and continue on over scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Direction Cape West Coast
Take the R304 towards Wellington and then left onto the M27 to the West Coast. Visit the spectacular Langebaan Lagoon and the West Coast National Park, Paternoster, Velddrif and the Cederberg Wilderness Area, among others.
Direction Cape Town / Peninsula
Drive directly to Cape Town along the N1, or take the scenically magnificent circular coastal route along the M12, via Baden Powell Drive towards Strandfontein - Muizenberg -Simonstown - Cape Point - Scarborough - Kommetjie-Noordhoek - Chapman’s Peak - Hout Bay - Llandudno - Camps Bay - Clifton - Bantry Bay - Sea Point - Green Point - Cape Town. Return via the N1, or take the option to turn onto the R304 or R44 to Stellenbosch.
Some of the attractions along this route are the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, Jubilee Square & The Waterfront in Simon's Town; Cape Point; Long Beach in Kommetjie; Noordhoek Beach; Chapman’s Peak with spectacular views over the bay; Hout Bay harbour and the World of Birds, boat trips, seafood eateries, and along the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard from Llandudno to Cape Town.
Enjoy spectacular views of the city, sea and mountains from the crest of Table Mountain; Signal Hill also offers magnificent views; visit the vibey Victoria & Alfred Waterfront; Two Oceans Aquarium; The Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens; Rhodes Memorial; Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; Long Street; Greenmarket Square; Bo-Kaap and Robben Island, or take an open-top bus tour or a helicopter flight over the city and surrounds .