Stellenbosch offers the perfect balance between that lavish getaway that you’ve been craving and getting your hands down and dirty with some adventures outdoors. As spring makes its way into the air, a day spent in Stellenbosch could comprise a leisurely picnic followed by a whirlwind e-bike tour through the region’s most breath-taking valleys, or a charming afternoon of wine tasting paired with a fast-paced Scootour through the Jonkershoek Reserve.
Sound enticing? Here’s some inspiration to help you plan the ultimate adventure seeker’s getaway out in the Winelands.
The sunshine is beaming down on Stellenbosch’s sprawling natural beauty, and what better way to soak up the view and the precious Vitamin D than on an e-bike? The Adventureshop makes it easy and affordable for you to saddle up for a half day, guided e-bike tour that will take you from the heart of Stellenbosch to the beautiful Boschendal Wine Estate via the Stellenbosch Trail Fund trails, Idas Valley, and the Banhoek Conservancy trails.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Eland and Blue Wildebeest along the way, and to conclude your adventure with a hard-earned cup of coffee and a hearty meal at the bustling Boschendal Deli.
Contact +27 (0) 21 882 8112 or email@example.com for bookings.
If you’d prefer to stand as opposed to sitting on a saddle, you’ll love the downhill Scootour adventure in the Jonkershoek Reserve. Zip through the Stellenbosch mountains and admire the views of the valley at your own pace with your nearest and dearest by your side. Yes – most Scootours are family-friendly with kids as young as four years old able to ride tandem with their parents.
Contact +27 (0) 82 776 0557 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation or for more info.
Stellenbosch Wine Walk
Combine wine and gourmet creations with a leisurely walk out in the great outdoors when you’re in town, all lovingly organised by the team at Visit Stellenbosch. You’ll get the day started off bright and early at 8:30 at the entrance to the Ida’s Valley Nature Reserve on the Rustenberg Road. From there, follow our guide towards Old Helshoogte Road and Thelema for your first wine tasting. The final stop is Le Pommier for yet another decadent wine tasting and a flavourful lunch made with care, creativity, and farm-fresh ingredients.
Kayamandi on Foot Tour
Adventure doesn’t always have to go hand-in-hand with strenuous exercise! Sometimes a slow, scenic walk is all that you need to fully explore your surroundings and satisfy your curiosity. The Kayamandi on Foot Tour is a fantastic option for those hoping to keep their adventures a little more low-key and laidback.
The tour begins and concludes at Ikhaya Trust Centre, located in the developing township of Kayamandi. A friendly local guide will take you along a circular route, providing insider’s insight into the area’s history and day-to-day life. You’ll weave through local schools, community shops, shebeens, and shacks, as well as enjoy shopping for handmade crafts and clothing at the local market. Don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes and to pack your hat and sunscreen!
Contact +27 (0) 64 777 9915 or email@example.com to make a booking.
Foodies on Foot Tour
If you’ve had your fill of culture and would prefer to embark on a gastronomic adventure instead, then the Bites and Sites Foodies on Foot Tour is for you. The opportunity to marvel at plenty of local artwork is the cherry on top of a satisfying afternoon. You’ll be treating your tastebuds to platters chockfull of locally sourced goodies, as well as your fair share of craft beer and gin, mouth-watering biltong, and ‘liquid dessert’ at a coffee laboratory.
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Where to eat
No Stellenbosch adventure is complete without a delicious meal or two to fill your tummy after an eventful day. Here are a few suggestions for restaurants promising a broad selection of dishes that definitely won’t disappoint:
Gåte at Quoin Rock
Boasting a menu packed with South African inspired favourites, Gåte always delivers an intimate, fine dining experience. It’s the place to be to take your tastebuds on an adventure to remember. Furthermore, all dishes at Gåte Restaurant include at least one ingredient grown on the Quoin Rock Wine Estate.
Contact +27 (0) 21 888 4750 or email@example.com for reservations.
Beyerskloof Wynbar is the second home of Pinotage and a leading restaurant in the area. Choose from a wide range of Beyerskloof wines, beer, bubbles, shooters, liqueur, and alcohol-free beverages paired with the establishment’s famous gourmet grilled cheese sarmies, pizzas, or platters.
Contact +27 (0) 81 846 7997 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
It doesn’t get much more proudly South African than the menu at De Vleispaleis. It’s the ultimate go-to for carnivores scoping out the meatiest meals that they can find. The primary focus of this restaurant on Dorp Street is celebrating South Africa’s favourite ‘sport’ – grilling over flames and fiery charcoal.
Contact +27 (0) 21 879 2356 or email@example.com for reservations.
A fresh twist on traditional Italian cuisine, Cucina’s seasonal menus are developed in line with what local farming operations can sustainably supply, while upholding age-old farming practices and ethos. If you’re craving a guilt-free bowl of saucy pasta or thin-base, Brenaissance rosemary-infused pizza topped with homemade tomato relish and mozzarella, then Cucina is certain to be a winner in your books.
Contact +27 (0) 21 203 6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Eat Out San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year 2019, Bertus Basson, is the brain behind the gastronomic masterpieces on the three-course and five-course set menus at Overture. The goal is to serve up a selection of honest, simple, produce-driven dishes cooked to perfection using classical techniques.
Contact +27 (0) 21 880 2721 or email@example.com for reservations.
Where to stay
Wondering where the best place is to put your feet up and relax after a full day of adventures, both foodie-oriented and exploring alike? Here are some top picks for accommodation in Stellenbosch perfect for the adventurous at heart.
The GP Canitz Guest Cottage at Muratie makes for an idyllic base for active explorers. After all, Muratie itself is a haven for any food, art, outdoors, and wine enthusiast. Take advantage of the winding mountain biking and trail running tracks or take a stroll through the MOK gallery for a decent dose of arts and culture during your stay.
Contact +27 (0) 21 865 2330/6 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Bonne Esperance Guest House
A boutique guesthouse boasting a wrap-around porch with touches of broekielace, marvellous manicured gardens, a sparkling pool, and rooms bursting with pure luxury, it’s difficult to go wrong with a stay at Bonne Esperance Guest House.
Contact +27 (0) 21 887 0225 or email@example.com to make a booking.
Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate
Looking for a contemporary, farm-style escape? Opt for Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate and you’ll settle down for the night inside a stunning vineyard suite, located within a restored and refurbished ‘dorphuisie.’ These suites are ideal for a family-friend holiday in Stellenbosch or a quiet, romantic getaway for two.
Contact +27 (0) 79 776 9915 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Skilpadvlei Guest House & Cottages
Brimming with nature and adventure, visitors have a choice between seven self-catering cottages nestled along the banks of the dam or eleven bed & breakfast rooms inside the cosy manor house when staying at Skilpadvlei Guest House & Cottages. Hike through the vineyards or sit back, relax, and enjoy a spot of trout fishing alongside the mesmerising view.
Contact +27 (0) 21 881 3237 or email@example.com to make a booking.
What are you waiting for? An escape that is equal parts luxurious and adventurous awaits you in Stellenbosch this spring.
For more information or recommendations, do not hesitate to contact the Visit Stellenbosch Information Centre at 021 886 4310.