With so much invested in nature and the elements, it’s vital for Stellenbosch’s natural environment to be preserved and nurtured.
The Simonsberg Environmental Education Centre on DelVera farm, assists the local communities in training and awareness programmes on key environmental issues. Interactive displays and information are accessible to the public.
During the summer fire season, our biodiversity is under threat. Farm workers are trained to assist local fire departments during this season (November – March).
The “Ultimate Living” outdoor display areas, in partnership with the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, have interesting displays for viewing. Shitake Mushrooms growing on Bluegum poles, aquaponics, medicinal herb tyre-gardens, up-cycling and various building methods are but a few. The venue also hosts regular talks and workshops.
The SEE Centre registered as an Eco Centre under the international Eco Schools Programme implemented by WESSA in SA and this programme is hosted in 58 countries. Schools and other interest groups are welcome to book for our interactive curriculum based lessons.
For the active visitor we have hiking, mountain biking and full moon hikes through the conservancy. Permits are available at the Dirtopia Trail Centre on DelVera. We encourage public participation, as 25% of the permit fees are ploughed back into conservation.
No visit to Stellenbosch is complete without a visit to Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, or to the waterfalls in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. The reserve includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, and comprises the Jonkershoek Mountains and portions of the upper Jonkershoek Valley.
Be Responsible. Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Save Water. Save Energy.Buy local, organic products and e njoy the outdoors!
WILDLIFE IN STELLENBOSCH
Stellenbosch offers an eclectic mix of entertainment and activities, but who would have expected to find a variety of wildlife adventures here in the very heart of the winelands?
Visit Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm, where you can have personal encounters with eagles and owls and watch the fascinating falconry flying shows.
The Cheetah Outreach on the R44 near Somerset West offers the rare and unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the fastest, most graceful land mammal on earth and learn more about the innovative programmes that have been put in place to protect these wild cats.
The Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary is where you can experience fauna and flora on a 2-hour game ride. Animals include buck, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and bush pigs.
Vredenheim Game & Big Cats Park is home to rare white lions and other big cats and game animals and also educates on the plight of wild animals.
Monkey Town Primate Centre on the N2 towards Sir Lowry’s Pass has some 500 animals including monkeys and apes, birds, small antelope and a farmyard.
Butterfly World Tropical Garden at Klapmuts offers a kaleidoscope of butterflies and is a sanctuary for small animals.
Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm at Simondium offers the rare opportunity to view these prehistoric creatures up close. Bring your own fishing rod or rent one at their gift shop and enjoy catch and release fishing. They also have activities for children and picnic facilities.
Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre off the R101 to Paarl is not only home to these towering mammals, but to various buck, zebra, wild cats, monkeys and farmyard animals.
Some wine farms also have game for viewing, while others offer vineyard ‘safaris’.