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General Information

STELLENBOSCH is situated in the winelands region of the Western Cape Province, 40km from Cape Town.

Languages

English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.

Access to Stellenbosch

From Cape Town, on the N1 via the R304, R44 or R300 and M12, or the N2 via the R44 or R310.

Climate

Summery months are from September to April. Daytime summer temperatures range from 25ºC to 34ºC and in winter, between 14ºC and 20ºC.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 10111; Ambulance: 10177.

Cellphone (Mobile) Emergency:

MTN: 083 112; Vodacom: 082 147 and Cell C: 084 148.

Health and Medical Services

Hospitals provide emergency and casualty wards, and out-patient treatment.

AMBULANCE SERVICE:
Stellenbosch Hospital – 021 808 6100; Mediclinic – 021 861 2000; Stellenbosch Ambulance Service – 10177; ER24 – 084 124; Netcare911 – 082 911;  Metro - 021 937 0500.

HOSPITAL (PRIVATE):
Mediclinic (Private hospital) – 021 809 6500

HOSPITAL (PUBLIC):
Stellenbosch Hospital – 021 887 0310

Medicross Stelkor: 021 887 0305

Campus Health Service: 021 808 3496 / 3494

Dial South Africa from Abroad

Dial the international access code followed by the area code and the subscriber’s number, +27 21 883 3584. Cellphones (mobiles) are +27 followed by the service provider code and number e.g. +27 84 222 1234. Mobile phones can be hired at airport outlets. Blue public phone booths operate on coins only, green booths use the local Telkom card sold at Post Offices and selected stores.

Dial Inside South Africa

Dial the area code (for e.g. 021 for Stellenbosch) and the subscriber number (883 3584), therefore 021 883 3584.

Dialing Codes for Major Cities

Cape Town - 021

Durban - 031

East London - 043

Johannesburg - 011

Port Elizabeth - 041

Pretoria - 012

Currency and Foreign Exchange

Rand (R); 100 cents = R1. Notes are in R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 denominations. Coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at commercial banks, American Express, Bidvest Bank Bureau de Change, Diners Club International and Bureaux de Change.

Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, shops and restaurants. Travellers’ cheques are redeemable at banks and most major outlets, but have cash on hand for markets and informal traders.

Banking Hours

Generally 09h00 to 15h30 or 08h30 to 16h00, Monday to Friday, and Saturday 08h30 to 11h00.

Post Office

Weekdays 08h30 to 16h30 and 08h00 to 12h00 on Saturdays. Mail may be addressed ‘Poste Restante’ to any Post Office. Phonograms: 1028 or send from any Post Office; Telephone Enquiries: 1023.

Telephone, Internet and Courier Services

Services are readily available at post offices, internet cafés and selected retail outlets.

Trading Hours

Weekdays 08h30 to 17h00 and 08h00 to 13h00 on weekends (may vary). Most chain stores, shopping malls and tourist shops are open Monday to Friday until 20h00 and later. Cafés and convenience stores open at 07h00 until late, seven days a week. Most larger petrol stations have 24-hour convenience stores.

Electricity

220/230 volts 50 Hz

Standard Time

South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 1 hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, and 7 hours ahead of the USA’s Eastern Standard Winter Time.

VAT Refunds

Purchases are subject to Value Added Tax at 14%, which is redeemable upon departure on presentation of a Tax Invoice. VAT claims are on items exceeding R250 and on items leaving the country. VAT on hotel bills and items you have consumed in SA is not refundable.

Visit www.taxrefunds.co.za for more information and to download the applicable forms.

Tipping (Gratuity)

Airport/hotel porters: R10-R15; Restaurants: 10% if gratuity is not included in the bill; Taxis: 10%. Car guards in public parking areas - R2-R5 recommended.

Safety

South Africa’s reputation worldwide is that of a friendly, warm and hospitable people, however, as elsewhere in the world, the tourist should take certain precautions.

Ask the locals about areas to avoid. Keep to well-lit areas after dark, lock your car and store your valuables in a hotel safe or your place of abode.

Plan Your Trip

By Road

An excellent network links all major points within the Stellenbosch region and Cape Town and surrounds. Both the N1 and N2 National Roads link to Stellenbosch.

Speed limit is 120km/h on open freeways, 80km/h on urban freeways and 60km/h in built-up areas.

Drive on the left side of the road. Road signage is in accordance with international codes. Foreign tourists require an international driver’s licence, or one from their country of origin that has been certified by their Consulate.

It is against the law to make use of your cellular phone (mobile) while driving, and use of seat (safety) belts is compulsory.

*Legal blood/alcohol limit: 0.05mg per 100ml (approx. one tot).

By Coach

Elwierda: 021 418 4673

Greyhound: 083 915 9000

Intercape Mainliner: 0861 287 287

Translux: 0861 589 282

By Train

Blue Train: 012 334 8459

Metrorail: 080 065 6463

Rovos Rail: 021 421 4020

Shongololo Express: 086 177 7014

Shosholoza Meyl: 086 000 8888

By Air

FlySafair: 0871 351 351

Kulula.com: 0861 585 852

Mango: 086 100 1234

SA Airlink: 0861 359 722 / 044 801 8448

SA Express: 0861 606 606 / 044 801 8448

South African Airways: 0861 359 722

Metered Taxis & Hire Cars

Budget Car Rental: 0861 016 622

Car Hire 4 U: 082 818 0030

Europcar Rental: 0860 011 344

First Car Rental:  0861 011 323

Hertz Rent a Car: 0861 600 136

Tempest Sixt Car Hire: 0861 836 7378

5*Car Rental: 082 783 2592

Metered taxis can be hailed at taxi ranks, however they are often crowded and operate along set routes, so you may prefer a private taxi.

Trips & Tours

Take a guided walking tour or set off on your own after collecting a ‘Stellenbosch on Foot’ brochure from the Stellenbosch 360 office at 36 Market Street.

For that special experience, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards.

Self-drive is recommended for venturing farther afield. There are several guided tours of the town, winelands and outlying regions.

Stellenbosch 360

Friends of Stellenbosch

Contact

E: info@stellenbosch360.co.za
T: +27 (0)21 883 3584
F: +27 (0)21 882 9550

Information Office:
36 Market Steet
Stellenbosch, 7600