Stellenbosch is a charming university town situated 45 minutes from Cape Town, in the famous Cape Winelands. It's the second oldest town in the country with a wealth of iconic Cape Dutch architecture. The town is a charming place to visit, and an excellent launchpad from which to explore the renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route and sample some of South Africa’s superb wines. Take your pick from a choice of over 200 wine farms in the region, all offering excellent tasting rooms to sample the estates’ wines, food stalls to purchase superb produce and restaurants where you can dine on sublime dishes.
Stellenbosch attractions and things to do
Explore historic Stellenbosch University.
Sample superb wines at nearby estates.
Visit some of the town’s renowned art galleries.
Blend your own wine at Middelvlei.
Enjoy the town’s charming coffee shops and cafes.
See the legendary duck parade at Vergenoegd.
Soak up the spectacular Cape Winelands scenery while dining al fresco.
Enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing at Waterford Estate.
Tour Spier’s vineyards on a Segway.
Whether you’re enjoying a tasty pastry with coffee while exploring the town, watching ducks march together in the vineyards or soaking up some culture in an art gallery, Stellenbosch is perfect as a day trip from Cape Town or extended vacation. Book a Stellenbosch holiday package and enjoy a family holiday, a getaway with friends or a romantic break.
You can fly into Cape Town and hire a car to drive to Stellenbosch.
Flight duration from Johannesburg to Cape Town: 2 hours, 5 minutes.
By road from Cape Town to Stellenbosch: 45 minutes via N2.
You can explore Stellenbosch town on foot, by bicycle or e-hire taxi.
The best way to get around the surrounding Winelands is by car.
What must I pack?
Visiting the Cape Winelands is a mostly relaxed affair. You can get by with casual, comfortable clothing on most tasting tours. However, be sure to check the dress code at any fine dining establishments you plan to visit.
Flat, comfortable walking shoes are a must.
The sun can be scorching in the Cape Winelands, especially in the summer – be sure to pack a sunhat, sunglasses and don't forget your sunscreen.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
Be water-wise. The Cape Winelands are water-scarce areas and visitors need to use water as sparingly as possible.
Support the local economy. Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
Stellenbosch is a busy town, and it is advised you always remain aware of your surroundings.
Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home. Use the hotel safe for passports and valuables.
Don't leave handbags under tables, on the backs of chairs or on restroom hooks.
Don't wander alone at night.
What do I do in an emergency?
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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