Six Day Tour
Six Day Tour
I am in Stellenbosch for six days - what can I do?
Stellenbosch's cultural heritage is unsurpassed and is depicted in local art galleries, antique shops and the Village Museum. Oak-lined, historic Stellenbosch boasts many examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture and the best way to discover the town’s treasures, is to stroll along the shady lanes, camera in hand. The Stellenbosch University campus is strewn throughout the town and boasts fine architecture, rolling lawns and beautiful gardens.
Explore the winelands and titillate your taste buds with some of the finest award-winning wines. Daily wine-tasting, cellar tours and sales are available at most cellars. Many have restaurant and picnic facilities as well as accommodation, gift shops, art galleries, amphitheatres, wildlife experiences and carriage rides, to name a few attractions and activities.
Cycle routes, walks and hiking trails and horse-trails are found in and around the town.
The town of Paarl, just 38 km from Stellenbosch, lies cradled in the Berg River Valley and is renowned for its illustrious past, scenic surroundings, flourishing wine and fruit industry and gracious architecture. The 11 km long main street is dotted with historic buildings, shops and restaurants.
Drive on to the village of Wellington and over Bainskloof Pass that, in the days of old, was the only gateway northwards to Tulbagh and Ceres. Tulbagh is a beautiful town that was restored to its original splendour following the great earthquake of 1969, and scenic Ceres is essentially a wine- and fruit-growing area.
Good food and wine go hand-in-hand and, with over 70 restaurants to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice. Stellenbosch regularly features among South Africa’s Top 10 Restaurants.
Stellenbosch's friendly Kayamandi Township is well worth a visit. Join a Cultural Tour and meet the locals in their Spaza Shops and African Restaurants. The tour also includes a visit to crafters and to community centres. Book an overnight Homestay, where you will have the opportunity to live with a local African family and be part of all the household rituals and food preparation.
Only 45 kilometres from Stellenbosch, is South Africa's oldest city and parliamentary capital, Cape Town. Stroll along the pedestrian walk at St George’s Mall to the popular outdoor market at Green Market Square, take a guided walking tour of the Bo-Kaap - the Cape Malay Quarter, or explore trendy upper- Long Street where you’ll find collectables, antiques, clothing, books and great restaurants. At night, Long Street hums with vibrant nightlife. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Two Oceans Aquarium and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,
No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the summit of Cape Town’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain
The Peninsula is renowned for its expanse of pristine beaches, coves and tranquil bays, the best known being False Bay, that forms a horseshoe from Cape Hangklip to Cape Point.
The more scenic Peninsula drive is from Stellenbosch, along Strandfontein to Muizenberg and Simon’s Town (Penguin Colony at Boulder’s Beach and Jubilee Square Waterfront), from where you can continue your journey along the coastline to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. From here it's on to the spectacular beaches of Kommetjie and Noordhoek. The drive over Chapman's Peak to Hout Bay offers views of unsurpassed scenic splendour. Next stop is the harbour for a boat trip to Seal Island, or the World of Birds, with more than 400 bird species and small mammals.
Drive along the scenic Helshoogte Pass to scenic Franschhoek, a town renowned for fine wine, exclusive restaurants and sidewalk cafés and bistros.
The history of this French Huguenot settlement dates back to 1688 and is on display at the Huguenot Museum. From here, journey via the Franschhoek Pass to Villiersdorp and on to Worcester. Visit the KWV Brandy Cellars, the Wine Route and the Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum. A visit to the School for the Deaf and the School for the Blind is a rewarding outing.
Drive along rugged mountain roads with spectacular scenery and on through the imposing Cogmanskloof Tunnel to Montagu. Enjoy the town's hot water springs, or one of the many hiking trails.