Stellenbosch is undoubtedly one of the prettiest little towns in South Africa, founded in 1679 and the second oldest town in the country. The town is steeped in history and surrounded by spectacular mountains and vineyards. Although Stellenbosch is a bustling town filled with students from the world-renowned Stellenbosch University, it retains a small-town atmosphere.

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The town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is blessed with fertile lands and a range of beautiful wine farms.

There is a plethora of activities and events for young an old, the adventurer, nature-lover, music and art lover and history buffs. Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of one of South Africa’s oldest working valleys – filled with scenic vineyards and pristine mountain fynbos - near the historic village of Stellenbosch.

By Jacques Marais

History of Stellenbosch

In 1679, a new and energetic governor arrived at the Cape in the form of Simon van der Stel. He was an ambitious and determined man, who qui...more

Meandering Around the Cape Winelands

This self-drive route from Cape Town features a selection of wine estates around the Cape Winelands. Wine lovers will enjoy the pleasure of ...more

Mountain Biking in Stellenbosch

The scenic town of Stellenbosch and its surrounds are well known for its superb mountain biking trails. It is largely considered the MTB cap...more

Paul Roos Gymnasium

Paul Roos Gymnasium for boys is one of the most prestigious boys’ schools in South Africa. Situated on the banks of Eersterivier in the be...more

Stellenbosch Attractions

Stellenbosch, in short, is a delightful place to visit: Tall oak trees dapple the light that falls across the old streets. Stellenbosch is m...more

Stellenbosch Mountaineers

For years Stellenbosch had produced her own mountaineers and in the late 1950s some of her progeny burst onto the national climbing scene. M...more

Stellenbosch University

The prestigious University of Stellenbosch has a long and rich history dating back to the 17th century. With the start of the Theological Se...more

Stellenbosch Wine Route

Stellenbosch is the oldest wine route in South Africa with the largest number of estates, wineries and co-operatives, as well as wine and cu...more